Joey Beltran made an immediate impact in the UFC when he defeated Rolles Gracie in February 2010. Since that time he’s struggled to find consistent succses in the Octagon, only winning two of his next six bouts. Following back-to-back losses to Stipe Miocic and most recently Lavar Johnson, the organization has handed Beltran his pink slip.
Beltran Tweeted news of his release on Wednesday afternoon.
“The Mexicutioner” went to war in the Octagon with heavyweights such as Matt Mitrione, Pat Barry, and Aaron Rosa but finished this UFC run with a 3-4 record. Showing an iron chin in previous bouts, Beltran was knocked out clean in the first round this past weekend against Johnson.
The 30-year old Californian also mentioned he will be dropping down to light heavyweight in the immediate future, a move perhaps hinted at in his fight against Johnson where he came in slimmer than normal.
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