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And Now He’s Fired: Joey Beltran

(Is that Brazilian Walnut I am standing on? Classy.) 

Called it.

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.

-J. Jones

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ReX13- February 2, 2012 at 7:05 am
Alt caption: "They look like big, good, strong hands, don't they? I always thought that's what they were."
ReX13- February 2, 2012 at 6:46 am
stak40 is getting props now?

Fuck you, CP, i'm out.
Me likey- February 2, 2012 at 5:06 am
@Kid Clam Curtains
i don't see him cutting to 205 being helpful. competition at 205 is way better than at heavy. i say do the frank mir thing and start putting on muscle and stay at heavy.
KeithHackneyWindmillPalmStrike- February 2, 2012 at 3:53 am
He's a mexiCAN not a mexiCAN'T
Australian Mantis- February 2, 2012 at 2:37 am
Beltran always gave it his all and its hard not to respect that, but would you rather him to have taken his time and won 5 out of 5 by split decisions? Fight fans wouldnt like that but his trainers might of liked some of the winnings.
RwilsonR- February 1, 2012 at 8:11 pm
I like the guy. I hope he does well in Bellator or somewhere.
Todd M- February 1, 2012 at 6:49 pm
I always enjoy his fights, hope to see him back.
Yazloz18- February 1, 2012 at 5:49 pm
Wasn't Beltran the guy that at one point was a big fatty and got into the gym with Torres and dropped a lot of weight?
XENOPHON- February 1, 2012 at 5:24 pm
Beltran is a kiss ass. I hope Bellator passes on his ass. Or Fedor tears it apart.
He should call Nate Marquardt and see if he wants to hang out for hand outs.
aaronb- February 1, 2012 at 5:18 pm
Beltran vs. McCorkle......Coming to a ProElite event near you!
TerryEtimFrozenNTime- February 1, 2012 at 4:34 pm
Perfect opponent for Fedor.
bootystar- February 1, 2012 at 4:11 pm
@ jabequick, Hardy ain't going anywhere, Lorenzo loves the guy. Lorenzo tweeted that he loves guy who come to bang(sic) No different than Rousey saying gsp is nothing cuz he wins without a win, but guys like Hardy or Colossus win a fan when they lose,
bootystar- February 1, 2012 at 3:52 pm
with a name like mexicutioner he'll be back, you gotta make em know which side of their bread it's buttered on. keep the calves in lines
skeletor- February 1, 2012 at 3:52 pm
Beltran has a great future ahead of him, picking lettuce or cutting grass.
Jackbequick- February 1, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Don't fret. Hardy's neck hasn't left the chopping block and after his next defeat, the axe will fall and he'll be nothing but an annoying after-thought.
jfjjfjff- February 1, 2012 at 3:00 pm
id rather watch beltran than hardy
Jackbequick- February 1, 2012 at 2:46 pm
AWWWWWE SHITTTTTT..... I think I know who Fedor's next opponent is.......
Kid Clam Curtains- February 1, 2012 at 2:33 pm
Cut to 205 dude. He could probably cut to 185 TBH. If Rumble Johnson had a gock that big he'd be 3 bills.
Fried Taco- February 1, 2012 at 2:25 pm
Mexecuted!! I hear Bellator is always looking for heavyweights to feed Cole Konrad.