WATCH: Marquardt Discusses Retirement

Last month, Nate Marquardt, a veteran of the UFC and former champion of Strikeforce and Pancrease, announced his retirement from MMA.

The 38-year-old has been quiet since officially putting an end to his 17-year fighting career, but he recently joined MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani on a recent edition of The MMA Hour to discuss life away from the fight cage. Marquardt also mentioned that he’s starting missionary — a college that helps students prepare for life as a pastor or minister. Last year, Marquardt started a sports ministry, where he’s been teaching jiu-jitsu classes.

“That’s [retirement] something that I’ve been contemplating for a while,” Marquardt said. “Ever since I became Christian in 2013, I wanted to do missions and I started seminary this last fall. I’ve completed one semester of seminary and it’s just kind of the timing of everything: the way my last couple of fights went and also I just had nose surgery, so that kind of played into it a little bit. I kind of figured it was a good time and I could focus on seminary and on my sports ministry that I have.”

You can watch the full interview with Marquardt in the video player above.

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