Cholish retires after UFC on FX 8 loss, blasts UFC fighter pay


 At only 29 years old, John Cholish was considered a decent prospect in the UFC's crowded lightweight division. Cholish entered the UFC in 2011 riding a 7-fight win streak in the local circuit, however is now 1-2 inside the Octagon. Cholish has now made the decision to step back as a professional fighter, as he told MMAJunkie:

After the loss, Cholish told ( that continuing to fight didn't make sense for him financially.

"I'm fortunate enough that I have a job that provides for me really well," Cholish said. "I give a lot of these guys credit that fight at this level. I think they could be compensated much better based on the income that the UFC takes in. Fortunately, I can just walk away and I'm OK with it. By no means do I mean it disrespectfully toward any other fighters because I think they do a great job. But hopefully Zuffa and the UFC will start paying them a little better."

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BernardHopkins site profile image  

5/20/13 2:46 PM by BernardHopkins

yea the $ sucks for sure. unknown boxers can still make over $100k what kinda $$ would you expect for a pretty big fight in the local ranks?

HELWIG site profile image  

5/20/13 2:41 PM by HELWIG

"Wow they really do stiff the lower ranks when it comes to pay ."   There are guys who LOSE money to fight in the UFC.   You cant do much else when youre preparing for the big show by training 10 times per week. Nobody wants to be underprepared for their big chance.   And then you are guaranteed 4k?   All the discretionary bonuses that may or may not come do not excuse that.   ANY fight is potentially your last.   Come on.  

GARRYD site profile image  

5/20/13 2:37 PM by GARRYD

Wow they really do stiff the lower ranks when it comes to pay .

GARRYD site profile image  

5/20/13 2:37 PM by GARRYD

Wow they really do stiff the lower ranks when it comes to pay .

BernardHopkins site profile image  

5/20/13 1:59 PM by BernardHopkins

he didnt "blast" the payhe said he hopes ufc will pay guys more

Haulport site profile image  

5/19/13 11:38 PM by Haulport

Had such high hopes for this dude.

funwithbakedgoods site profile image  

5/19/13 9:40 PM by funwithbakedgoods

On the flip side if he had done better he would have set himself up for a lot more money.

HELWIG site profile image  

5/19/13 7:38 PM by HELWIG

Feel for him

UGCTT_FryedTakayama site profile image  

5/19/13 7:15 PM by UGCTT_FryedTakayama

Making it this far and even getting a win in the UFC is pretty impressive considering he was just doing it as a hobby.

ChipW site profile image  

5/19/13 6:54 PM by ChipW

I'm a fan too. Honestly, who can blame him. He's got an Ivy League education and a great job on Wall Street. He fought as a hobby from the beginning and made it all the way to the big show. I hope he continues to train for fun.