UFC Veteran Krzysztof Soszynski Announces Retirement

“The Polish Experiment” Krzysztof Soszynski (26-12-1) appeared on Inside MMA on AXS TV and has announced his retirement due to concerns about his brain health. You can see the discussion above and some of his answers are pretty scary.

Soszynski who hasn’t fought since 2011 after suffering a 35-second loss to Igor Pokrajac, he said the loss was a life-changer.

“It was my first time getting literally knocked out cold,” he said. “My brain didn’t wake up for probably 40 minutes until after the fight. There’s an interview (in UFC President Dana White’s video blog and I’m) having an interview, and I don’t remember any of that stuff. I just remember walking into the octagon, I remember waking up – I already had my clothes on and had a shower and all that – and I have (UFC matchmaker) Joe Silva telling me everything is going to be OK and they’re ready for you to go the hospital to get your CT scan, like the UFC always does when a fighter gets knocked out.”

Soszynski noticed his was suffering memory lapses and an inability to count backward from 20 to zero, he said he knew it was time to call it quits. UFC officials decided to bring him to Las Vegas for a full workup and he said he had difficulty with the memory tests.

Soszynski says he now focuses on his health, reading a lot of books on brain issues, takes recommended supplements, and trying to do all he can to improve his mental issues.

“It’s not getting worse, but it’s not getting any better,” he said. ” … Yesterday I spoke with my wife, and today I’ll probably ask her the same questions I asked yesterday because I don’t remember the answers to those questions. It’s those little things that kind of bothered me. But the good thing is I don’t have any dizzy spells. I don’t have any long-term memory loss or anything like that. It’s just small, little things that you take for granted.”

We wish Krzysztof all the best in his future and hope his health improves.

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