The UFC have cut a number of fighters from their roster in recent days and the latest to be shown the exit door is UK middleweight, Luke Barnatt.
The 27 year-old announced the news himself on Instagram yesterday, bringing an end to a two year run in the promotion for the 6ft 6″ fighter nicknamed ‘BigSlow’.
Barnatt had entered into the UFC via The Ultimate Fighter 17 reality show in 2013 after compiling a perfect 5-0 record in other promotions.
He made it to the quarter-finals of the show and then went on to compile a three-fight winning streak in the Octagon.
However, he’s come unstuck in the past year, dropping split decision verdicts to both Sean Strickland and Roger Narvaez, with a further unanimous decision loss to the retiring Mark Munoz last month in Manila bringing an end to his time in the UFC.
Barnatt is still young and shouldn’t have too much difficulty finding a new home to continue pursuing his MMA career, with the likes of Bellator and WSOF sure to be taking an interest in him now that he’s a free agent, while it’s possible he may instead look to rack up a few fights on the regional circuit in the hopes of working his way back to the UFC.