It’s been awhile since fans have seen UFC featherweight Javier Vazquez take to the Octagon. In fact, the submission specialist hasn’t fought since June 2011 when he outpointed Joe Stevenson. However, it turns out there’s been a good reason for Vazquez’s absence from the ring – he no longer wants to fight.

Vazquez confirmed his decision to retire from MMA over the weekend, citing a lack of passion and some health issues with influencing the life-changing move.

“I don’t see a need nor a want to fight anymore,” said Vazquez in a conversation with Sherdog Radio. “I do have fights left on my contract, but I just don’t want to do it. I didn’t want to be that guy that everyone is begging to retire. I did everything in my career on my terms.”

“When I got back to the locker room after the Stevenson fight, I just knew I had nothing left. I had nothing left to prove,” he continued. “I knew my knee and my body had definitely had enough. I didn’t want to do it. I just didn’t want to do it anymore. The fear of stepping into the cage is just the fear I didn’t want to experience anymore.”

The 35-year old Vazquez added his focus will now be on running his gym.

Vazquez compiled a 16-5 record over his run in the ring including eleven submissions. In addition to Stevenson, “Showtime” also owns past wins over the likes of Rob Emerson, Rumina Sato, Mackens Semerzier, and Jens Pulver.