UFC veteran Louis Smolka has been released from the promotion.
The 30-year-old confirmed his release on Twitter, indicating that he now intends to test his worth as a free agent.
“Tbh I’m kinda excited to test free agency,” Smolka tweeted. “The MMA landscape is changing a lot and pretty soon it might be like boxing where huge entities are roaming the globe taking each other out. Sounds like it has the potential to be really lucrative to me.”
This is actually the second time that Smolka has been let go by the promotion, as he originally posted a 5-5 record between the start of 2014 and end of 2017, before being released after posting four losses in a row.
After picking up a trio of wins on the regional circuit he was re-signed a year later, but has since delivered another mixed bag of results, going just 3-4 over the past few years.
It is somewhat concerning that Smolka’s last two fights both ended in knockout losses against Vince Morales and Davey Grant – the only defeats via strikes of his 17-9 career, but that doesn’t appear to have put him off and it seems he’s still eager to compete for one of the sport’s other major promotions.