After his UFC Fight for the Troops 2 bout against The Ultimate Fighter 9 alum DaMarques Johnson (15-8) this last Saturday, 36-year-old MMA veteran “The Joker” Mike Guymon (12-4-1) seems to be calling it quits from the sport he has competed in for over a decade.
Following his verbal submission loss to Johnson, the UFC cameras caught a visibly emotional Guymon backstage confessing to his opponent that after a long, storied career in mixed martial arts, he is ready to hang up his 4oz. gloves for good. Guymon said, “I’m just so happy to be done with it, man. It’s such a long road, I wanted to…it’s so hard to explain. So many years fighting, I’m so happy to be done… I just accomplished everything I want to do with fighting.” (Click here to see the video)
Guymon made his professional MMA debut in 1999 and has since fought for the now defunct International Fight League (IFL), the UFC, and most frequently King of the Cage. The aptly-named “The Joker” has earned seven victories via TKO, four by submission, and one via decision. He has been finished only three times in his career, by choke and armbar submissions, respectively. Guymon’s lay-it-all-on-the-line style is evident not only by having seen the judges just twice since his start in the sport, but also by the slew of devoted fans he has acquired along the way. “The Joker” is well-liked in the MMA community and many are sad to see him go.