Mixed martial arts veteran Shonie Carter last competed in the UFC in 2006 and the 39-year-old hasn’t exactly gone on an inspiring run since, having earned a post-UFC record of 11-11. Despite that, and the fact that he’s gone 1-6 in his last seven, Mr. International is campaigning for another fight with the promotion.
Carter took to The Underground forum today to voice his desire for a position on the UFC’s impending UFC on Fox 2 fight card, which goes down in January in his hometown of Chicago – not for himself, but for struggling inner city kids.
“I know it has been a while since UFC fans have seen me in the octagon,” Carter began his post. “I am just asking the Zuffa Org. to do this not just for the fans, but the community of the west side of chicago. Chicago has been good to me over the years when it come to appreciation. Chicago has the 3rd largest ppv market in the country. The potential revenue from me being on the card has not only a great potential but also it will give a new dream to all of the inner city youth a brighter hope in trying to reach their dreams no matter what they are. I am not asking for an extended contract in doing this. I am asking for just a one fight deal to give hope to those people who struggle everyday walking a lonely path in trying to reach their goal.”
Carter debuted in the UFC back in 2000 at UFC 24 and went on to compete for the promotion several more times throughout his career. Carter was a cast member on The Ultimate Fighter: The Comeback; he lost on the show in a rematch to Matt Serra. Carter is one of the most seasoned competitors in MMA, having appeared in the UFC, WEC, Shooto, Pancrase and Bellator promotions and a host of other smaller shows throughout his career. He is perhaps best known for his spinning backfist knockout of Serra in their initial meeting back in 2001 at UFC 31.
Carter last appeared in action on October 15 at Rumble on the Ridge 20, where he ended a six-fight losing streak by taking a unanimous decision over the unheralded Landon Showalter.