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UFC releases 170-pound John Howard

Updated: July 11, 2011, 3:59 PM ET
By Brett Okamoto | ESPN.com

On the heels of his third consecutive defeat, John Howard has been released by the UFC.

The 170-pound fighter announced the news on a video posted to his Twitter account Monday, adding he intends to continue his mixed martial arts career, likely with Bellator Fighting Championships or Dream.

"I got released today," Howard says on the video. "They finally announced it. The only thing I can say is, it is what it is. You get three straight losses in the UFC and this is what happens. I'm ...

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