Veteran UFC fighter Jason ‘The Athlete’ MacDonald has announced his retirement from the sport at the age of 37.

“I’ve had a great MMA career,” MacDonald tells “I have traveled, met great people and have done things I would have never dreamed of through MMA. It’s been an honor to be with the UFC over the years, but it’s now time to move on. I’m getting older, my four kids are growing up fast. I’m going to focus on my family and my CrossFit gym.”

The Canadian’s long association with the UFC began back in 2006 and over two different spells in the promotions he’s competed 14 times, producing a 6-8 record, while his overall career record comes to a close at 25-16.

MacDonald was on a two-fight losing streak in the UFC and may have been under consideration for being released anyway given the promotion’s current need to reduce their roster, so it makes sense for him to bow out on his own terms.

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