It turns out personality can only get a fighter so far in the UFC, as affable lightweight Danny Downes has been released by the organization after losing consecutive decisions to Jeremy Stephens and most recently Ramsey Nijem.
Word of his newfound free agency surfaced via Downes’ Twitter account where he wrote, “Zuffa has ‘exercised its right in to accelerate the term of its promotional and other obligations.’ In other words I’m cut.”
“Danny Boy” holds an overall record of 8-3 with all three of his stumbles coming under the Zuffa banner. A Roufusport product, Downes earned a reputation for himself as an incredibly tough, generally entertaining competitor in part due to his gritty showing against Stephens who had him in an extremely deep Kimura but couldn’t produce a tap no matter how hard he tried. The 25-year old’s biggest career win came at WEC 53 a year ago where he beat Tiequan Zhang.
MMATraining Take: I was hoping Downes would get another chance to shine considering some of the guys the UFC has kept around despite worse records. After all, it’s not like he fought chumps or was finished off in dominating fashion. I suspect he’ll be back at some point in the future, maybe as a featherweight even since he’s got the right body-type for it.