The UFC has been trimming down its roster recently, and unfortunately British striker Luke Barnatt was the latest to receive his walking papers from the promotion.
— Bigslow (@LukeBarnatt) June 4, 2015
The one-sided loss to the wrestling of Munoz was apparently the straw that broke the camel’s back for The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 17 contestant, as it spelled his third straight decision loss. Barnatt had previously dropped a close split decision to Roger Narvaez at UFC Fight Night 57 and another to Sean Strickland at May 2014’s UFC Fight Night 42.
A fan favorite known for his extreme height at 6’6” and dangerous knockout ability, “Bigslow” stormed into the UFC by inning his first three contests, beating Collin Hart at the TUF 17 Finale before submitting Andrew Craig at UFC Fight Night 30 and knocking out Mats Nilsson at UFC Fight Night 37.
But he was unable to capitalize on that momentum when he was progressively matched up against better wrestlers, who largely negated his significant Muay Thai skills by keeping him grounded. Only 27, Barnatt still has some gas left in the tank and could certainly out on some exciting fights for Bellator or World Series of Fighting (WSOF).
A return to the Octagon is even a possibility if Barnatt can string together a few wins. Where would you like to see him end up?