Pietro Menga Released by the UFC

Less than two weeks after failing to make weight for a bout with Tim Elliott, Pietro Menga has been released by the UFC.

Menga was supposed to make his UFC debut on Dec. 16 at the UFC on FOX event in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Announced for the card on Dec. 3, he was scheduled to replace Justin Scoggins against Elliott, winner of the 24th season of The Ultimate Fighter and former one-time challenger to UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson.

Menga was unable to make the 125-pound weight limit, and he was ordered by a doctor to stop cutting weight prior to the fight, forcing the bout’s cancelation.

Menga told MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani during a recent edition of The MMA Hour that he was let go during the holiday season.

“My Christmas gift was getting cut but it won’t break me,” Menga said. “I’ll fight in Europe somewhere versus some top opposition around February, March, then again if I have to and hopefully earn a rightful contract with a bit more notice than 12 days. Gutted, but this setback won’t stop me from achieving my dream and light up that division.”

Menga, who has primarily fought at flyweight over his 13 professional bouts, claims the weight cut was made more difficult because he was looking at bulking up to 145 for an upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter.

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