Joey Beltran Released from UFC, Plans Move to Light Heavyweight

February 1, 2012
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Joey Beltran has been released from the UFC following his loss to Lavar Johnson at UFC on Fox 2 over the weekend.

The fighter confirmed the news via his Twitter account on Wednesday after an initial report from Fighter’s Only.

Beltran went 3-4 overall during his time with the UFC, but slid to 1-4 in his last 5 fights in the promotion.

The Alliance Training Center fighter dropped back-to-back fights to Stipe Miocic and Lavar Johnson before being released by the promotion on Wednesday.

Despite the release, Beltran remained upbeat and optimistic about his future, including a planned cut to 205lbs.

“To all my fans, friends, family and supporters I will be back better than ever at a new weight class,” wrote Beltran. “Don’t worry about me at all!”

Beltran has always been considered a smaller heavyweight so a cut to light heavyweight could bring the heavy hitter new life, and possibly a second chance in the UFC down the road.


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  • D-rail

    Lavar will knock ur aiss into a different weight class. Though, this dude could very well have a new life at 205, that’s if his chin isn’t broken in. Remember to touch gloves and show good sportsmenship so u don’t look more of a looser then u really are.

    • http://www.bloodyfists.net/forums/index.php SHORT_BUS

      Is this a troll post? LOL

    • KBEsq

      I have to admit, I was totally happy to see him lose after he refused to touch gloves.

      I was thinking the same thing. Should’ve touched gloves!

  • http://www.bloodyfists.net/forums/index.php SHORT_BUS

    Hope he can string together a few wins and get back to the big show.

    • ifighterc

      this guy was a total bum doesn’t deserve to fight in any promotion, saw this guy at the weigh-ins couldn’t be more out of shape

      • http://www.bloodyfists.net/forums/index.php SHORT_BUS

        Soooooo you don’t think he should be in the UFC because you don’t find him attractive?

        Congratulations, you just busted down the closet door like you were the Kool-Aid Man. OH YEAHHHHH!

  • Mario

    Joey is my boy.

    Best of luck to you, dude!
    I look forward to seeing you again in the UFC.