UFC’s flyweight division has been dealt another blow, with former top-10 ranked Ben Nguyen the latest on the chopping block.
Nguyen’s release follows a growing list of UFC flyweights to have found themselves in the cold, amid rumours the UFC will cut the entire roster. Demetrious Johnson, Jose Torres, Justin Scoggins and Ulka Sasaki have all been released in the last month alone.
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. Unfortunately I have been released by the UFC. I look forward to 2019 and the new opportunities that may arise. Thank you all. pic.twitter.com/g64uqftgfE
— Ben 10 Nguyen (@Ben10MMA) December 7, 2018
Nguyen suffered his second consecutive loss inside the Octagon at UFC Adelaide on 2 December to former title challenger Wilson Reis. He leaves with a record of 4-3 with the UFC, with wins over Alp Ozkilic, Ryan Benoit, Geane Herrera and Tim Elliot.
“What a journey it has been,” Nguyen said. “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.”
With the UFC’s flyweight division apparently under threat – but still pounding away regardless – let’s make the most of it for as long as we can.
“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,” he added.
With Nguyen now a free agent, he will no doubt be scouting around for a new gig, possibly closer to his adopted home in Australia.
With a flyweight grand prix in the works for 2019, ONE Championship could be an option for Nguyen, who has trained with ONE’s featherweight champion Martin Nguyen.