Joey Beltran Released from UFC, Plans Move to Light Heavyweight

February 1, 2012


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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