Ivan Menjivar Becomes Latest Fighter To Receive Pink Slip From UFC
Not long from cutting Octagon vet Melvin Guillard, the UFC have also gone and release Ivan Menjivar.
The 31-year old’s manager Mitch Mayberger revealed the news to MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani about Menjivar’s release from the Ultimate Fighting Championships.
Mayberger said the Salvadorian-Canadian plans on continuing his MMA career and is looking at offers from other promotions:
“I will be feeling out offers and discussing with Ivan and his head coach Firas Zahabi and doing whatever works best for him.
He is a gem of a human being and been a pleasure to work with so I will always be by his side to help accomplish any goals he has. Love the guy.” Mayberger said.
“The Pride of El Salvador” is currently on the worst run of his career, being 0-3 in his last three fights and just 1-4 in the last three years with his only win coming against UFC newcomer Azamat Gazhimov.
Menjivar made his Octagon debut in the 155 pound division back at UFC 48, where he suffered a unanimous decision loss to former welterweight champion, Matt Serra. He would go on to fight for various other promotions for the next six years before making his return at UFC 128 and taking a TKO win over Charlie Valencia.
The 14-year veteran would then go on to win his next two straight, taking dominant wins over Nick Pack and John Albert before suffering his first loss back in the Octagon to Mike Easton. His finish over Albert at UFC on Fuel TV 1 earned Menjivar a “Submission of the Night” bonus.
His current losing streak began at UFC 157 as he was submitted by Urijah Faber in the first round of their fight. Wilson Reis took the next win over Menjivar seven months later at UFC 165 taking a unanimous decision.
In his last fight the Tristar member moved back up to the featherweight division to take on Hatsu Hioki at TUF China Finale. Menjivar had some success in the fight but was mostly controlled throughout, leading to his third straight loss.