On a two fight losing streak and with the division in extreme doubt, Brisbane based flyweight Ben Nguyen has announced that he has been released from the UFC.
Nguyen, 30, made the announcement via his social media channels on Friday.
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What a journey it has been! I want to thank everyone who has supported me since day one when I set out my goal to fight in the UFC. This is one of the toughest sports in the world, and like anything we have our ups and we have downs. Unfortunately the down is that I have been released by the UFC. I may not have had the opportunity to fight for UFC gold but I’m grateful to have fought for the UFC and shared the centre spotlight with many great flyweights. I have met a lot of great people and made heaps of friends throughout my time in the UFC. These are memories I will cherish forever. I look forward 2019 and the new opportunities that may arise.
Nguyen competed just last weekend on the UFC Fight Night 142 card in Adelaide where he lost to, the number 8th ranked UFC contender at the time, Wilson Reis. Ben Nguyen was ranked number 10 prior to the loss and has since been removed from the rankings. Nguyen has submissions wins over Tim Elliott and Ryan Benoit, both whom remain on the UFC rankings.
Nguyen was interviewed last week and said he had been left in the dark with what the UFC were planning for his divisions. With the recent releases and the UFC not clearing the mud don’t be surprised if there are further releases to come.
With Vietnamese roots, Nguyen will no doubt have high interest in 2019 from Asian promotions ONE Championships and Rizin Fighting Federation.
Started Martial Arts training after watching Mr Miyagi and Daniel-son in Karate Kid back in 1987. When the sport of MMA arrived many years later, it was a natural progression. Coverage of local MMA was via scarce posts on forums like the Underground and Sherdog. I embarked on covering the sport in 2002 and since then have written thousands of articles for both print and online media, before branching out and starting Fight News Australia in 2010. Outside the site, I dream of racing an F1 car and hiking the Swiss Alps. Most of all, my family is numero uno.