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Modestas Bukauskas released from UFC one month after severe knee injury

Modestas Bukauskas is no longer a UFC fighter after a promotion released him from his contract.

Bukauskas’ release comes after three consecutive Octagon defeats, including his last defeat when he suffered a horrific knee injury that forced him to undergo corrective surgery last month. The veteran Cage Warriors told that he planned to return to training four to five months after receiving a side-slash from Khalil Rowntree in a fight at UFC Vegas 36. He also underwent a procedure to make breathing easier due to injuries. to get his nose hurt in a fight.

“Obviously it’s very painful because they had to do quite a lot of work,” he said of the knee surgery. “But the main thing is that it was extremely successful. Everything was going according to plan and I am well on my way to recovery. I knew it was going to be a pretty painful operation because that’s all I did, but hey, I’ll be working at full capacity when I get back. “

“I definitely feel like I’m UFC caliber and ready to go and put on a show,” he later added. “I learned my lessons and learned what I needed to fix.”

Bukauskas won a seven-fight streak when he arrived at the Octagon at UFC Fight Island 6. Coached by his father, he fought Jimmy Cool and was stopped in the first round. His second run, against Michal Olekseichuk at UFC 260, ended in a split decision defeat. But his opposition to Rowntree ended in disaster.

Bukauskas enters the open market again with a record of 11-5 professionals. He won the 2019 Cage Warriors light heavyweight title and once defended it before signing with the UFC.