Typically a fighter who calls it a career in his early 30s has been forced onto the shelf by injuries or the inability to perform at a high level inside the ring. However, in the case of light heavyweight Eliot Marshall the reason for his retirement is rooted in positivity rather than any sort of negative reason.

The 31-year old Marshall recently revealed he would no longer be fighting as a means of focusing on his love of teaching Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to others. While he may have come up short in his last two UFC fights, many felt Marshall actually beat Brandon Vera when they met last fall and the grappler’s professional record is far above .500.

“I want to touch 10,000 lives and I can do that by helping people learn jiu-jitsu (and) spread a beautiful art,” Marshall explained on MMAWeekly Radio, adding that he’d accomplished enough in MMA to walk away contentedly. “Jiu-jitsu changed my life. Literally everything I have is because of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. I met my wife because of a job I got from working at the academy. Other than my family, everything I have is from jiu-jitsu.”

Marshall tapped out five of the ten opponents he took out in his career while avoiding any submission losses along the way. Among the notable names Marshall beat inside the Octagon are Jason Brilz and Vinny Magalhaes.


MMATraining Take: Marshall may not have been a future champion but he was a talented fighter with great personality and lots of potential. Most Mixed Martial Artists are coming into their prime at 31, not retiring. However, if he’s truly passionate about teaching there’s no shame in hanging up his gloves to do so.