It appears the the UFC is weeding out featherweights at the moment. Yesterday we passed along the news that Antonio Carvalho had been released by the UFC. Now it's Pablo Garza. Rumors of Garza's released surfaced a couple of weeks ago, but the man himself has now confirmed it with a Facebook statement:
In life's journey we can walk many paths and while some may close there are others that will open. I am sad to say, that I have been released from the UFC roster. But I will take this time to focus on another passion of mine; competing in Jiu Jitsu and coaching. And who knows, I might be back in the Octagon again one day... Once again thank you all!
Garza (12-4) first came onto the national scene when he lost to Michael Johnson in the elimination episode of The Ultimate Fighter 12. He was picked up by the WEC, but lost his only fight there to Tiequan Zhang. He was brought over to the UFC anyway though, and a drop to featherweight seemed to re-ignite him. Garza will always be known as one half of the answer to a trivia question as he competed in the first featherweight fight in UFC history at the TUF 12 Finale, where he won KO of the night by stopping Fredson Paixao with a flying knee in 51 seconds.
He was able to pick up another slick win in his next bout with a first-round flying triangle choke win over Yves Jabouin. Things went downhill from there though, as he dropped three of four bouts (the only win coming over Mark Hominick) and he was finished in the first round of his last bout by Diego Brandao.