Shonie Carter announced after 80 MMA fights that he was retiring. Injuries over the years certainly played a factor in his decision.
“I know you all thought I was going to fight forever, but I am done,” said Carter to Rebellion Media. “I have broken my hands 28 times and the doctors say I have arthritis.”
After Carter made is professional debut in 1997, he would compete for the UFC several times starting in 2000. He went 2-2 under their name with a notable win over Matt Serra. He was 5-3 for the WEC and won their vacant welterweight championship in 2003.
In his last few appearances, Carter was only 1-8 which includes a decision loss in Bellator. He lost his last fight by TKO in KOTC in September.
Some of his biggest challengers didn’t come from the UFC and includes fights with Chris Lytle, Nate Marquardt, Pat Miletich and Jon Fitch.
Carter plans to pursue a career in acting.