Article by Steven Marrocco, MMJ Junkie
“I’m not trying to be world champion,” Cody McKenzie tells MMAjunkie Radio. “I’m just trying to make money in the game.”
The UFC vet’s mindset is a little different six years after he debuted to a national audience as an offbeat character with a unique guillotine choke on “The Ultimate Fighter 12.”
McKenzie (16-9) has fought in the UFC, made it into the octagon with store-bought shorts, got released after a 3-4 run, and later denounced the industry leader.
He once donated blood to make weight for a local show. He was disqualified for head-butting an opponent. He retired. In short, his career has been a colorful one, at least compared to many of his colleagues, who’ve cycled in and out of the UFC, never to be seen again.
The retirement didn’t last. McKenzie still fights, but not with the same goal. It’s about good opportunities. It’s about money. Mostly the latter.