Over the course of his first four years as a fighter, former UFC middleweight John Salter had been consistently fighting, but since late 2013, he’s managed to only fight once.
The big issue for Salter was a neck injury, which compounded by other injuries has kept him out of action for large stretches of time.
“I believe it was in 2012 I injured my neck in a training camp for the XFC, and in the fight I made it a lot worse, and ended up having a herniated disc and several bulging discs in my neck,” Salter told MMAWeekly.com. “I finally came back from that and had a couple fights, and was competing in the Pan Ams in Jiu-Jitsu and hurt my neck again and decided to have surgery.
“I came back and fought Justin Jacoby and after that I felt like I pushed my body a lot harder than I should have and banged up a lot of other things, including some bad back issues.”
He initially believed he could push through his injuries, but after receiving advice to consider retiring, Salter decided to tone things down a bit and get his body right.
“Before my fight with Jacoby, my doctor told me I needed to think about not fighting anymore, but I never considered it, but after that fight, going through injuries and all that, I worried about it,” said Salter. “I think taking some time, and still training, but not training as hard as before or beating my body up all the time, I was able to overcome all that.”
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