It looks like Zuffa can save on the postage stamp for a pink slip, because Shane Roller has retired in wake of his loss to Jacob Volkmann. The first round submission defeat brought Roller to 2-4 in his UFC career. This most likely would have caused a release from the UFC. Perhaps the task of rebuilding on the regional circuit must have not seemed worth it. It is said that Roller has a masters in business which he will most likely use to provide for his family in the years to come. At age 33, it is a young carer, but not one that was without its high points.
Before the UFC, Shane was one of the top fighters in the WEC. Yes, his career ended at 11-7, but he had also only fought for five years starting late at 28. He entered the UFC at 9-3 coming off his biggest win, a first round submission over former WEC lightweight champion Jaime Varner. Until that point two of his three losses came to current UFC Lightweight Champion Benson Henderson and top contender Anthony Pettis. Roller was also a finisher having only one of those nine wins as a decision.
Unfortunately, he could not replicate the success he had in the UFC. While he knocked out veteran Thiago Tavares in his debut three consecutive losses to Melvin Guillard, TJ Grant, and Michael Johnson brought his career tumbling down. A July decision win over John Alessio brought hope, but Jacob Volkmann reversed his fortune. No fighter ever wants to retire on a loss, but going out on your own terms means more than anything. We hope Shane has success wherever he goes from here.