An exciting UFC welterweight is calling it quits.
James Moontasri, a six-fight veteran with the promotion, announced his retirement Monday night on Instagram. Moontasri wrote that he was excited for a “new chapter in his life.”
Thank you to the UFC and all of the people who have supported me. I have been given so many fair opportunities and I am very proud of everything I was able to accomplish. I'm proud of myself and now I am excited for a new chapter in my life. Martial Arts is my life and that will never change. Thank you to my Big J, my management, my team, my coaches, and my amazing fans. I love you all very much #moonwalker #retired
“Martial Arts is my life and that will never change,” wrote Moontasri, who is a black belt in taekwondo.
Moontasri, 28, has lost two in a row, most recently a unanimous decision defeat against Alex Morono at UFC on FOX 22 in December. He went 1-2 with the UFC at lightweight, but struggled with the weight cut and moved up to 170 last year. Overall, the Los Angeles resident compiled a 2-4 record in the UFC dating back to 2014.
Before his run with the UFC, Moontasri competed for RFA.