Last weekend, popular heavyweight Joey Beltran suffered the first knockout of his career in a bout against Lavar Johnson at UFC on FOX 3. Apparently Johnson’s finishing blow was so powerful it not only cost Beltran his consciousness but also his spot on the UFC roster.
According to Beltran via Twitter he has been released by the UFC in response to the defeat, his fourth in the last five times he fought. The 6’1” slugger kept things positive while addressing the situation, posting, “To all my fans, friends, family and supporters I will be back better than ever at a new weight class. Don’t worry about me at all!”
His statement implies “The Mexicutioner” plans to drop down to light heavyweight, a move he appeared to already be in the process of making based on his slimmed down physique against Johnson.
Beltran holds an overall record of 13-7 with eleven knockouts and past victories over Aaron Rosa, Tim Hague, and Houston Alexander.
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MMATraining Take: I don’t disagree with Beltran being let go but I’d be lying if I acted as though the move wasn’t slightly surprising given his past performances. He certainly lost more than a UFC fighter should but so have other guys like Dan Hardy and Pat Barry who held onto their spots based on style. With Beltran having a similar style, i.e. a love of striking and fearlessness about getting hit, I figured he would hold on to his job a little longer (especially since the loss to Johnson was the first time he’d ever been stopped with strikes).