UFC veteran Christian Morecraft says he's leaving the fight business

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Christian Morecraft, a heavyweight who fought four times in the UFC, is leaving the fight business, at least for now, with an eye towards retirement.

In making the announcement, Morecraft, who is just 26 years old, posted a message on his Facebook page that voiced concern over his future prospects past fighting, saying he's already had to work a full-time job while competing.

"There's plenty of ex-professional athletes out there who are lost, broke, and jobless when competing is over, so with that being said trying to find an easier way to make a living and most importantly be happy ... I'm saying goodbye to the fight business for right now. Nothing's set in stone because we all know that nothing in life is, but for now I've got some other matters to take care of. Thank you all for your support over the years. Thank you and god bless everyone," his post said in part.

The 6-foot-6, 255-pounder began his career with six straight first-round stoppages, leading to a UFC deal less than two years into his professional career. But competing among the world's best, Morecraft had his troubles, going 1-3 in four bouts over a 17-month span.

His one win came against Sean McCorkle in March 2011, while he suffered knockout losses to Stefan Struve, Matt Mitrione and Pat Barry. The fight with Barry, which took place in Jan. 2012, was his last, as he never fought thereafter.

Last September, he was arrested and charged with four driving-related offenses including operating a vehicle under the influence.

All told, Morecraft's MMA career lasted just less than four years.

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