Nate Loughran has announced plans to drop out of the middleweight division and into the welterweight division as well as leaving the UFC.
Loughran who was 1-1 in the UFC recently lost to Tim Credeur at the UFC “Fight For The Troops” special in December. His lone win was against Johnny Rees at UFC Fight Night 14 in July of 2008. Overall, Loughran is 9-1 with the majority of his fights taking place in California.
According to a statement made by his manager Tom Call to MMAWeekly.com, Loughran will drop to 170 and take some fights on the smaller shows. He also stated that Loughran expects to return to the UFC at some point in the future.
Apparently he is leaving on good terms and Call expects Loughran to be ready to fight in July or August, as he is currently recovering from a broken rib he suffered during the fight against Credeur.
The UFC which has been in a cost cutting mode must have been happy that a fighter that wasn’t expected to make an immediate impact was willing to leave on his own accord. Zuffa, who owns both the UFC and the WEC, currently has over 250 fighters under contract and while they are always looking for more talent they are also looking to trim the fat as much as possible.