Fil-Am UFC flyweight title contender Chris Cariaso retires

UFC fighter Chris Cariaso
[mks_dropcap style=”square” size=”52″ bg_color=”#1588db” txt_color=”#ffffff”]C[/mks_dropcap]hris “Kamikaze” Cariaso hangs his gloves and bids goodbye to MMA as a fighter. A former challenger to Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson’s 125-pound belt, the Filipino-American Cariaso has announced his retirement from cage fighting. His career sprung in 2006 and he has fought in the UFC since 2011.

“Kamikaze” has amassed an MMA record of 17 wins and 8 losses while notching 7-6 in the UFC Octagon. He owns notable victories over Takeya Mizugaki and Louis Smolka and faced some of the top bantamweight and flyweight fighters in the world that include Michael McDonald and Renan Barao. In his last fight before bidding farewell, he lost via unanimous decision against Sergio Pettis in UFC 192.

The 34-year old Cariaso expressed satisfaction on his achievements as a fighter. He now plans to continue teaching in his MMA gyms at Tuczon, Arizona and San Fransisco, California.

“I enjoyed every part of it,” Cariaso said in an interview with Thomas Gerbasi of UFC.com.

“It’s something not many people get to live. I got to fight for the title, fight the top guys, fight in Brazil and Japan, and at the MGM in Las Vegas. It’s a dream to be able to reach that pinnacle. I always wanted that success of winning that gold UFC belt, but at some point, you have to say I don’t want to be that guy who’s 50 years old trying to chase it when it’s not a reality.”

Although Chris Cariaso has closed a chapter of his life as a UFC fighter, he’ll concentrate on the future as a coach. He’s currently working with prospects while planning to have some of them compete in the UFC before the end of the year.

“I’m super excited by my career, and I can’t wait to pass that knowledge on to my guys who are coming up.”

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