Pablo Garza released by the UFC

Following his lost to Diego Brandao at UFC on FUEL TV 9, Pablo Garza has been released from the UFC.

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Garza announced his release on his Facebook page on Monday and think Dana White and Joe Silva for the opportunities they gave him.

“First off I would like to say thank you to Dana White, Joe Silva and the entire UFC for the entirety of my UFC career,” Garza wrote on Facebook. “Second I would like to thank all my coaches that have helped my get to where I am and to where I have been. Greg Nelson, Dylan Spicer, Nat Macintyr, Andy Grahn, Andrew Kappel, Saul Mitchell, Tanner Grosz, Joe Trottier.”

“I especially want to thank my head coach Dylan Spicer for being with me from the start and for always believing in me. I am truly thankful for all that you have taught me! My training partners that bleed with me; Jeremy Stetz who was with me before the lights shined, Cameron Ramberg, Tyler Larson, Cody Lincoln, Jos Eichelberger and all my Academy of Combat Arts jiu Jitsu and Mauy Thai training partners along with the Minnesota Martial Arts Academy!”

“Last but not least, I want to thank ALL my loyal fans that have been cheering me on and feeding me then energy to keep moving forward. 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) entered the UFC in 2004 after having one fight in the WEC. He opened his UFC career with back to back victories, but lost three of his next four with his only win coming against Mark Hominick at UFC 154 in late 2012.