After nearly six years as a professional MMA fighter, UFC competitor Allen Crowder has announced his retirement.
The fighter says that issues with concussions in recent bouts is what lead to the decision to retire.
“Retiring, or quitting fighting whichever one you prefer. I am only 30 years old right now, my last three fights ended in concussions,” Allen Crowder told BJPenn.com. “My business is going really well, and, the money is not where I had hoped it would be when I made it to the UFC so I made the decision for my health to stop now.”
Crowder went 1-2-0 in the UFC (10-4-0-1NC overall), with that lone win coming over Greg Hardy at UFC Fight Night Brooklyn.
A now retired Crowder says recent memory issues aided in his decision to leave professional MMA behind.
“I just turned 30 this year and I’ve had some memory problems, and it wasn’t worth it and I want to watch my little girl grow up. [The memory loss] has been happening more and more lately. I’m talking to the doctor about it now and just find out what is happening. It is just little stuff like I’ll be making coffee and I put theanine in it to avoid the crash,” he said. “So, I’ll put my cup in the Keurig and I’ll look for the theanine. I’ll then stress out to my wife because I can’t find it. It will be beside the cup, which is now off the Keurig and I can’t remember taking the theanine out of the cupboard or taking the cup off the Keurig. This is not good.”
In his five-plus years as a professional MMA fighter, a now retired Crowder picked up notable victories over the aforementioned Hardy, Don’Tale Mayes and Robert Neal.