Third Loss in Four Fights Leads to UFC Exit for Liana Jojua

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JULY 16: Liana Jojua of Georgia celebrates after her submission victory over Diana Belbita in their flyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 16, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Georgian flyweight Liana Jojua is no longer a UFC fighter, the latest in a number of releases and other exits from the promotion to take place this month.

Twitter account UFC Roster Watch was first to note that Jojua (8-5) had been removed from the promotion’s line-up. The move comes on the heels of her loss to Cortney Casey at UFC Vegas 42 — which also saw her miss weight for the fight.

Jojua entered the UFC in 2019 after she captured the women’s bantamweight title in Fight Nights Global. She made her debut at UFC 242 against Sarah Moras, losing via TKO to the Canadian fighter.

That loss resulted in a move to flyweight, and led to Jojua’s lone win inside the octagon, against Diana Belbita at UFC Fight Island 1. Jojua won the bout via arm-bar.

While fellow Georgian fighters like Merab Dvalishvili, Giga Chikadze, and Roman Dolidze have found continued success, however, Jojua struggled following the Belbita win. In October of last year, her UFC 254 fight against Miranda Maverick ended due to a doctor’s stoppage, with Jojua unable to continue.

Missing weight for the fight with Casey probably didn’t help her case, and with a 1-3 record across four fights, she’s now gone from the roster. According to “Cast Iron” Casey, Jojua was “Thanksgiving dinner big” in their fight, and had turned down a catchweight earlier in the week, only to miss weight regardless.