Lutter Downplays Retirement Plans

Travis Lutter

Typically if you’re 35 years old and happen to be defeated by a younger opponent, one of the first things that come to mind is retirement talk.  If you’re Travis Lutter, you throw the retirement stuff out of the octagon; according to Tommy Messano of, Lutter, instead of contemplating retirement, is looking to take stock of his current health and improve his staying power in the octagon.  What Lutter is doing isn’t what your typical MMA fighter would do in a similar scenario; specifically, he is utilizing the services of the medical department of the University of Texas-Arlington in order to get his body back unto peak fighting condition.

According to Lutter, “I came back from the fight and went back to training jiu-jitsu.  I got to talking with a doctor at the University of Texas at Arlington.  He ran some tests on me: an oxygen test and the lactate acid threshold test, just to see how good of shape (I’m) in and where (I’m) at.”  The results from the testing revealed that Lutter was in good, but not in great shape – which he readily admitted.  But with the minor health issues aside, Lutter has to deal with the fact that he is without a contract with a fighting organization; Lutter, in the days after he lost to Rich Franklin, was immediately released by the UFC.  But Lutter doesn’t seem overly concerned as he stated, “I’ve gotten a couple of offers (since then).  I’ve talked with different organizations.  I’m sure I will reach an agreement with somebody in the near future, just shopping around right now.”

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