Willis Disputes Reports UFC Released Him

Reports have surfaced that Justin Willis has been released from the UFC, but he claims that it all comes down to just a misunderstanding.

TSN’s Aaron Bronsteter confirmed with an official from the UFC that Willis had been released from his contract. No UFC official would go on record with a reason, but a source told TSN that the release came after Willis turned down a fight with Walt Harris that would’ve taken place on June 29 at UFC Minneapolis.

Willis, however, claims he hasn’t been released and says his release would not make sense. Willis went 4-0 in his first year of UFC action, defeating James Mulheron, Allen Crowder, Chase Sherman and Mark Hunt before a loss to Curtis Blaydes at UFC Nashville.

“It was a big miscommunication and a technical difficulty between me and the UFC,” Willis said. “I’ll put it like that. But everything has been worked out, and you will have a fight in the near future.”

Willis did not comment much about negotiations with the UFC but did admit he isn’t interested in fighting Harris in June. “Big Pretty” says he’s more interested in a late summer or early fall return that would allow him to have a full training camp with teammate and UFC heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier.

“If it was August, or he had a bigger name…just because you want something doesn’t mean you’re going to get it,” Willis said. “I’m after people with bigger names.”

Harris was recently one of many names, including Blaydes, who have criticized Willis, claiming Willis has less skill than the rest of the division, as well as bringing up struggles with weight that forced Willis to pull out of UFC 208.

Willis says he isn’t listening to the noise and is focused on losing weight and improving himself as a fighter.

“My goal is to be quicker, faster and prettier,” Willis said. “When I come back, I’m coming back with a vengeance. Picasso didn’t rush his art, and I’m not going to let these [expletive] boys rush ‘Big Pretty’s’ art.”

Original Story: MMAJunkie

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