Goran Reljic: Sherdog.com
Goran Reljic has been released by the UFC following his loss to Krzysztof Soszynski at UFC 122 at the Konig Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany.
Reljic, 26, was outpointed by “The Polish Experiment” in their light heavyweight contest, losing a unanimous decision. The defeat marked the third consecutive loss for the Croatian, who went 1-3 in his time with the promotion. News of Reljic's release was first reported by FiveOuncesOfPain.com on Thursday.
A Brazilian jiu-jitsu brown belt, Reljic has earned five of his eight career wins by submission. A protégé of fellow Croat Mirko Filopovic, Reljic began his career a perfect 8-0. In his promotional debut at UFC 84 in 2008, Reljic knocked out Wilson Gouveia in the second round to earn “fight of the night” honors.
After the Gouveia victory, Reljic was scheduled to meet Thales Leites at UFC 90 but suffered a serious back injury that would keep him out of the cage for almost two years. Reljic split time between the light heavyweight and middleweight divisions during his time with the UFC.
After his successful light heavyweight debut and following his back injury, Reljic dropped to 185, losing fights to C.B. Dollaway and Kendall Grove before returning to 205 for his last fight with Soszynski.
Updated at 8:35 p.m. ET to correct Reljic's UFC record. Sherdog.com incorrectly reported he was 1-4 with the promotion, when in fact he was 1-3.