"They released 50 of us," Downey told the Salt Lake Tribune. "We're on the short list, is how [UFC matchmaker] Joe Silva puts it... They had to get rid of 50 and I was the newest little guy on the list."
Downey (10-4) lost his UFC debut on Feb. 7 at UFC Fight Night 17 via keylock submission to fellow newcomer Nick Catone. Downey entered the fight as a replacement for "The Ultimate Fighter" winner Amir Sadollah.
Downey had signed a four-fight contract with the UFC, but typical UFC contracts allow the promotion to cut fighters after a loss.