Bantamweight competitor Walel
Watson has been released by the
UFC, Sherdog.com confirmed Wednesday with the fighter's
The Californian's release was first reported on the Facebook page
of British outlet MMA Opinion on Tuesday. Watson, 28, recently
completed a four-fight stint with the Las Vegas-based organization
that netted him a 1-3 promotional record. The 5-foot-11, 135-pound
combatant was successful in his Octagon foray one year ago, earning
a first-round technical knockout over fellow UFC debutant Joseph
Sandoval at UFC Live 6.
Three consecutive defeats would follow for “The Gazelle,” however,
as he dropped a hard-fought split decision to noted striker
Jabouin last December and was then dominated by “Ultimate
Fighter” Season 14 finalist T.J.
Dillashaw on Feb. 15 at UFC on Fuel TV 1.
Most recently, Watson was stopped by Canadian talent Mitch
Gagnon at UFC 152 last month, as his stockier opponent stepped
inside and cracked the Team Hurricane Awesome rep with a hard left
hook that sent Watson reeling to the canvas. Gagnon pounced,
winging ground-and-pound before taking Watson’s back and forcing
the lanky bantamweight to tap out in just 69 seconds.
Prior to joining the UFC fold, Watson posted an 8-2 record to begin
his career. After falling via submission in his pro debut, the
Texas native won seven straight fights before suffering a technical
knockout defeat to Cody Gibson
at Tachi Palace Fights 9 last year. Watson has finished all nine of
his conquered foes during his four years as a pro, earning seven
submissions and two knockouts to his credit.