As told to FightersOnly magazine by none other than Joey Beltran himself, it appears that the UFC has released “The Mexicutioner” following his first round “kickstand KO” (Props to Stak40 for coining the term) loss to Lavar Johnson at UFC on Fox 2. The loss was Beltran’s fourth in his last five outings but his first ever to come via form of (T)KO. In regards to his release, Beltran stated the following:
I am truly grateful for all the opportunities that I have received from the UFC/Zuffa. I am not sad or hurt by their decision as I know that winning is the name of the game. Posting a 1-4 record my last 5 fights is unacceptable regardless of how entertaining the fights were. So this is the next chapter of my career, and one that I am excited for. You will definitely see my ugly face again so fans don’t worry and haters keep on hating.
We know the Internet is a cold, harsh place, but what person claiming to be a fan of MMA would hate Joey Beltran? The man is not only responsible for doling out a just beating to Rolles Gracie in his octagon debut back at UFC 109, but has played a part in some classic wars with the likes of Matt Mitrione, Pat Barry, and Aaron Rosa to boot. Although he’s struggled as of late, there’s no denying that Beltran always brought it come fight night, and was a hell of an entertaining guy to watch as a result. Best of luck to him on his future endeavors, and here’s hoping we’ll see him back in the UFC sometime soon.
Just for shits and giggles, I’ve added a gif of his UFC 131 TKO win over Aaron Rosa below. Enjoy.