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WEC’s Zack Micklewright Looks To Juggle MMA Career, Being A Marine

Former WEC fighter Zack Micklewright (7-2) describes the status of his MMA career as on hiatus while he continues to follow in his family’s footsteps and serve his nation in the armed forces.

As a marine, Micklewright served in Iraq from 2007 to 2008 and is currently overseas in Africa.

“I’m looking to come back and take some time to get back in the mix, build some muscle and make some noise at welterweight,” said Micklewright in an e-mail to Bleacher Report.

When Micklewright is overseas he noted how difficult it is to train.

“There’s not much I can do from half way across the world that is going to help my MMA career,” said Micklewright. “I still work out, and I still train when I can. I have a few friends here that like to grapple and hit mitts and stuff.”

Micklewright won his first seven fights, including his WEC debut. Following his WEC debut, he would loss his next two fights. Micklewright last fought in November 2010.

While Micklewright may enjoy his time in MMA, being a Marine looks to be his career choice.

“I’ll probably be in the Marines for as long as I fight, if not longer,” said Micklewright. “I’ve been in the Marines for over eight years now, so I might as well stick it out and retire.”