‘My Career Isn’t Over’: Johnny Eduardo Parts Ways With UFC After A Decade

A 43-year-old Brazilian fighter plans to continue his fighting career, even after being cut from the UFC.

Johnny Eduardo (28-13) was released from the promotion following his submission defeat to Alejandro Perez at UFC Vegas 38. This marked his fourth defeat in a five-fight skid. The news was confirmed by Eduardo and the UFC last Thursday.

“I’m very grateful to the UFC for this journey,” Eduardo said. “One door closes so other doors can open.”

“My career isn’t over, I’m not stopping, I’m just migrating to other places with more experience…,” he added. “I’m here. I’m open to negotiations, and I’ll keep on going with my head up high.”

Eduardo made his professional MMA debut in 1996.

Until now, he fought 41 times and earned 28 victories. In 2011, he signed in the UFC but suffered a loss in his debut against Raphael Assuncao.

In the UFC, he earned 3 victories and suffered 5 wins. In 2015, he also shared the octagon with Aljamain Sterling, who is the champion of the bantamweight division.

In his previous five contests, he earned victory only once against Manny Gamburyan in 2016.

“Maybe I’ll be able to fight even more now because the UFC would keep me stuck, [fighting once] every two, three years,” Eduardo said. “Maybe now I’ll be able to sign with a promotion and fight more often. I have friends fighting at ACA, going back and forth during the pandemic. I’m open. I’m happy, really.”

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