Heavyweight competitor Justin Willis released by the UFC

Following a loss to Curtis Blaydes in his most recent fight in March, heavyweight contender Justin Willis has been released from his contract in the UFC.

UFC officials confirmed the news on Friday following an initial report from TSN in Canada.

Willis went 4-1 with the UFC over five fights including a unanimous decision victory against former interim title contender Mark Hunt last year. He then lost a lopsided fight to Blaydes in March and now he has been released from his contract with the promotion.

Fellow heavyweight Walt Harris revealed when speaking to the MMA Roasted podcast that he had been offered a fight against Willis in July but claims he declined because he would be unable to make weight in time for the event.

“He had a chance to fight me on July 20, they offered him the contract and he told them he couldn’t make weight in two months,” Harris said.. “And so they cut him. He’s a coward. He’s all talk, no game.”

Willis had previously engaged in a nasty back and forth exchange with Australian heavyweight Tai Tuivasa, who had called him out several times in recent months.

Willis also had a nasty encounter with Blaydes ahead of their fight in March before losing by unanimous decision to the top 10 ranked heavyweight.

Willis hasn’t made any public statement regarding his release from the UFC or plans for the future now that he’s a free agent.