MMA veteran and colorful personality Shonie “Mr. International” Carter announced his retirement from MMA competition following his unanimous decision loss yesterday at Israeli Fighting Championships: Genesis. Speaking with LowKick.com recently, the 38-year old Carter explained that time has simply taken its toll.
“I’ve been fighting for 25 years. No matter how good you are, how great you are, you are replaceable,” said Carter. “And there comes a time when you have to stop. There comes a time when you have to make a decision what’s best for you. I lost five fights in a row. When you take it to the decision it happens, but I’m 38 years old. My body hurts.”
Carter told LowKick that he intends on remaining involved in combat sports, possibly even taking up a career in professional wrestling. “Mr. International” also took care to mention his possible willingness to come out of retirement given the right circumstances.
“I may look doing some pro wrestling, and I think MMA fights won’ mind. Ring announcing, commentating, refereeing, but definitely not judging. If someone offers me a superfight, with good money, I might consider doing MMA again.”
Carter retires with a professional record of 49-26-7 and holds notable victories over Dave Menne, Chris Lytle, Matt Serra, Jess Liaudin, and Jason MacDonald. He is currently on a five-fight losing streak and is 2-8 in his last ten.