by Jeff Cain – MMAWeekly.com
Rolles Gracie (3-1) was one of the many fighters handed their pink slip from the Ultimate Fighting Championship following UFC 109 losing performances.
Gracie lost his highly anticipated UFC debut to Joey Beltran (11-3) by technical knockout in a one-sided fight where Gracie appeared fatigued almost immediately.
MMAWeekly.com confirmed the news from UFC sources on Thursday that Gracie was cut from the organization.
The 31-year-old fighter with the famous last name made his professional mixed martial arts debut in the now defunct International Fight League, and gathered two more wins in Art of War before losing to Beltran in the UFC.
MMAWeekly.com was originally informed from sources close to Gracie that the heavyweight would remain in the Las Vegas based organization, but it’s come to light that Gracie was among the fighters released.
The Renzo Gracie trained athlete was expected to make an impact in the UFC heavyweight division. Renzo said his student’s performance was “embarrassing,” in interviews following the event.
Renzo Gracie makes his UFC debut against former two-time UFC welterweight titleholder Matt Hughes at UFC 112 on April 10 in Abu Dhabi.