Robertson Released by UFC Following Loss in Debut

By Mike Whitman Feb 10, 2011
Welterweight Kenny Robertson (Pictured) has been released by the UFC after suffering a loss in his promotional debut to Mike Pierce at UFC 126 last week.

Robertson's release was first reported by Five Ounces of Pain on Thursday morning, and Robertson verified the news on his Facebook page shortly thereafter.

UFC 126 took place Feb. 5 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and was headlined by a middleweight title tilt between longtime champion Anderson Silva and the resurgent Vitor Belfort. Silva knocked his fellow Brazilian out with a jaw-dropping front kick to the face in the first round to retain his title.

Unbeaten heading into his preliminary showdown with Pierce, Robertson was knocked out just 29 seconds into the second round. Prior to that bout, the Central Illinois Combat Club representative had rifled off 10 straight victories, earning seven submission wins along the way. A veteran of the defunct Cage Rage promotion, Robertson's last appearance before entering the Octagon resulted in victory, as the welterweight submitted John Kolosci at Bellator 25 in August.

Robertson was initially supposed to make his Octagon debut in November at UFC 122 against German prospect Pascal Krauss, but the American was forced to withdraw from the bout with an injury. Hard-hitting Brit Mark Scanlon stepped up as his replacement, losing a unanimous decision to Krauss at the Konig Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany.
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