Heavyweight Joey Beltran has been released by the UFC after being knocked out in the first round by Strikeforce import Lavar Johnson this past Saturday at UFC on Fox 2 to fall to 1-4 in his last five fights.
Beltran announced the move on Twitter and said he now plans to drop to light heavyweight. Beltran weighed in at 228 pounds for Saturday’s fight, just 23 pounds above the light heavyweight limit, and gave up considerable size to the 252-pound Johnson.
After beginning his UFC career with a pair of wins, Beltran dropped unanimous decisions to Matt Mitrione and Pat Barry, rebounded with a knockout of Aaron Rosa, then suffered losses to Stipe Miocic and Johnson.
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