For talented kickboxer Derek Downey, his UFC debut will go down as a bittersweet memory.
After getting the short notice call to step in for Amir Sadollah against Nick Catone at this past Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 17, Downey has been released by the promotion after just one fight.
Sources close to Downey informed FiveOuncesOfPain.com of the news on Monday night.
Downey got the call to the Octagon after compiling a three fight win streak that included a notable win over season five veteran of The Ultimate Fighter, Brandon Melendez.
The 28-year old middleweight was 10-3 heading into the bout and had compiled the majority of his wins due to his strong striking skills. However, Catone was able to use his standout wrestling skills to take Downey off his feet and was able to secure a keylock submission at 1:15 of round 2.
Downey joins Rich Clementi and Luigi Fioravanti as fighters dropped from the UFC roster following losses at UFN 17.