After going 1-1 in the WEC, the promotion’s merger with the UFC gave Tyler Toner (11-3) the opportunity to participate in one of the first ever featherweight bouts under the UFC banner. Unfortunately, Toner came up short in a decision loss to Ian Loveland (14-7) at The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale and confirmed with ProMMAnow.com that he has been released from the organization.
MMADiehards.com broke the news this afternoon after speaking with Toner’s management team.
The good news for Toner is it doesn’t sound like the UFC is taking his name out of their rolodex.
“They said they want me to take a fight in smaller organization and if I get a win they’d have me back,” Toner said.
Although disappointed with the news, Toner said he’ll also use the setback to motivate him to get back to training, tighten up his MMA game, and “get the fire back.”
Asked what happened in the fight, Toner replied that he simply had an off night.
“I got rocked pretty good twice in the fight and just felt like my timing wasn’t there,” he said. “I think with any athlete that’s going to happen, it’s just unfortunate it happened on the night of the fight.”