Brazilian fighter Luiz Cane has been released from his UFC contract following his latest defeat at UFC 153 in Brazil.

Early in his UFC career Cane had been considered one of the most promising up and comers at 205lbs, winning three of his first four bouts, with his only loss being a DQ in his debut after he illegally kneed his opponent James Irvin while he was on the ground.

That early run of form didn’t last however and his next two fights ended in first round TKO losses to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Cyrille Diabate.

He rebounded with a first round TKO win of his own against Eliot Marshall, but then slumped to another quick technical knockout loss against Stanislav Nedkov in August of last year.

In an attempt to revive his fortunes Cane then announced that he would be moving down to the UFC’s middleweight division for his next fight which came against Chris Camozzi at UFC 153.

The cut didn’t appear to go well for Cane however and he produced a very lackluster showing in front of his home fans in Rio, eventually losing out by unanimous decision to Camozzi, and that’s lead to him now being released.

Now 31 years old, Cane leaves the UFC with a 4-5 record, 12-5 (1nc) for his career as a whole.