We don’t know how much we have left. Our life is given, and it is taken away. How much time do you have left? How much time does your family or friend have left? This watch is my Dad’s, who passed away a few months ago. He had emphysema from smoking his whole life. Now, just a few days ago, one of my best friends from high school passed away. He literally drank himself to death. I’m heartbroken. This is yet another reminder that we are all on the brink of eternity. “…it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment…” We all will bow our knees face God one day to give an account of our life. There is no other name under heaven that saves but Jesus. If you are a Christian and you have the cure and you’re not sharing it, you need to question if you really have been cured. Jesus is the only way. We must bow our knees now before it’s too late. Turn from sin and run to Jesus- Now is the day of salvation and time is running out.

Christmas Jesus Tree w/ Ornaments

Farewell to UFC

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6). Since I became a Christian, this has been one of my favorite passages in the Bible. Jesus said we must become like children to enter the kingdom of heaven. The humility that a child has is shown in their dependency on and trust in their parents. I have had many accomplishments and victories as well as many trials and upsets in my career. I have won 4 world titles and I have subsequently lost three of them. I have had many winning and losing streaks. I have battled chronic injuries and had 6 surgeries. I have learned that I can trust God in every situation and need to put him first. After 22 years as an athlete in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts, I believe God is calling me in another direction.

I want to thank everyone that has supported me throughout my career, including the UFC, Strikeforce and Pancrase. I have many fans that have stuck by me in the ups and the downs and I want you to know that I really appreciate it. I have been blessed to work with so many of the best coaches and training partners in the world and I have much gratitude for every moment of it. I cherish all the relationships that have been formed through this sport we love. I am exceedingly grateful for those closest to me: my coaches, teammates, friends, wife and family. Above all, I thank God for his provision, protection, patience and guidance through my career.

I am also happy to say that I will still be involved in MMA on many levels. I will continue training in all aspects of MMA and I will also continue to run my sports ministry, Resurrection Jiu-Jitsu. I am currently pursuing a degree at Gateway Seminary, and I plan on using my experience in MMA and the UFC on the mission field. At this point, my family and I are praying for direction for where God is leading us globally and by what means. Wherever and however we go, I believe God will use MMA in some capacity, either teaching at a gym, coaching fighters, running a sports ministry, and/or teaching seminars. Either way, we are excited for this next season in our life as a family and we are confident that God is directing our paths!