Featherweight Austin Arnett has been released by the UFC, sources have confirmed with Cageside Press. He went 1-3 in the promotion, following an impressive performance on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series in August of 2017.
Austin Arnett is no longer with the UFC. The featherweight was released by the promotion on Friday, July 5, sources confirmed with Cageside Press. Arnett fought four times under the UFC banner, and fought during the first season of Dana White’s Contender Series in the summer of 2017.
His Contender Series bout, despite being a loss, got the attention of Dana White. The brawl with now-bantamweight Brandon Davis was one of the best fights of the season. Although Arnett didn’t earn a UFC contract that night, he would make his debut in the promotion a few months later.
Arnett’s promotional debut came against the currently #9 ranked bantamweight Cory Sandhagen, on six-days notice. He took the loss, getting TKO’d in the second round. With his debut under his belt, the Lewiston, Idaho native was ready for more.
He then went into enemy territory for each of his next three bouts. Fighting highly touted prospects like Hakeem Dawodu in Calgary, Humberto Bandenay in South America, and Shane Young in Australia, Arnett went 1-2 while racking up the frequent flyer miles. All three bouts went to a decision, with Arnett earning the first UFC victory of his career against Bandenay last November.
Arnett’s most recent bout, against Young at UFC 234 in February, was a unanimous decision loss on the ESPN prelims portion of the card.
— Austin Arnett (@AustinArnettMMA) July 7, 2019