Welterweight Tamdan McCrory has been released by the UFC following his split decision loss to John Howard on Saturday at UFC 101, according to MixedMartialArts.com.
“The Barncat” went 8-0 in a variety of smaller promotions over a 10-month span before debuting with the UFC in 2007 with a second-round submission of Pete Spratt. McCrory would go 3-3 in the Octagon before being cut on Tuesday, with victories over Spratt, Luke Cummo, and Ryan Madigan, as well as losses to Akihiro Gono, Dustin Hazelett, and Howard.
Ahead of his Saturday matchup with Howard, McCrory mentioned that the fight could be his last at 170-pounds as the 6-foot 4-inch fighter struggled to cut down to the weight class, indicating his future could be in the 185-pound middleweight division. McCrory was able to make weight for the UFC 101 fight, but showed up at weigh-ins still wearing his sauna suit and looking drained. The tough cut was evident on fight night as the usually-exciting McCrory appeared sluggish in dropping the split decision to Howard.
The report speculates that McCrory will likely move up to middleweight and gain experience outside the Octagon, with the 22-year-old likely to eventually return to the UFC.