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Irish fighter released by the UFC following consecutive defeats

Paul Redmond’s time with the organisation has come to an end.

Paul Redmond
Paul Redmond
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THE ULTIMATE FIGHTING Championship have released Irish fighter Paul Redmond from his contract.

Redmond (10-6 MMA, 0-2 UFC) confirmed to The42 this afternoon that he was informed of the decision by the organisation earlier today.

The 29-year-old made his UFC debut in Stockholm back in January, losing via unanimous decision to highly-rated American featherweight Mirsad Bektic.

Redmond then faced Scottish fighter Robert Whiteford in Glasgow in July but slipped to consecutive losses for the first time in over three years when he was stopped via TKO in the first round.

The release of the Dubliner, who’s a team-mate of UFC flyweight Neil Seery at Team Ryano in Finglas, may be seen as harsh in the eyes of many observers.

Redmond accepted his debut fight against Bektic on just two weeks’ notice and cut over 30lbs in order to do so, yet he managed to turn in a courageous performance while lasting the distance in his first fight below lightweight (155lbs).

Having missed out on a spot on last month’s UFC Dublin card, Redmond told The42 recently that he was hoping to return to the octagon in London on 27 February.

Redmond earned his place in the UFC by accumulating an impressive 7-1 record in the space of just over two years with top European promotion Cage Warriors.

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