At 44 years of age, Don Frye announces his retirement from the ring. The fighter who was a major figure during the early days of UFC and Pride, and beat such key players as Amaury Bitetti, Gilbert Yvel and Ken Shamrock, has hung up his gloves definitively.
“I’m pretty much quitting MMA. I’m tired of getting paid with bounced checks, getting lied to by promoters. I’m sick of it,” he told MMAWeekly.
The fighter, who lived through MMA’s worldwide explosion, ends his career with 20 wins, 8 losses and one draw. His last appearance was in his loss to Dave Herman in September of this year, at Shark Fights.
Lately the Tom Selleck look-alike has had a good run in the movies and on tv, recently featuring in the Blackberry advertising campaign and on Miami Vice and Public Enemies on TV, all in partnership with director Michael Mann.
(Collaborator Junior Samurai)