After suffering back-to-back losses in the Octagon, “The Aussie Gangsta” Benny “Blanco” Alloway has been released by the UFC.

Alloway confirmed his release to The MMA Corner. The fighter also revealed that he has signed on to fight for Combat8 and has two other potential fights lined up.

Alloway, who competed on The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes, had a dream debut with the company wherein he was awarded a “Knockout of the Night” bonus for his highlight-reel finish of Manuel Rodriguez at UFC on FX 6, which was held in his hometown of Gold Coast, Queensland.

“It was hard being told that I could go out and look for other fights,” Alloway admitted in an exclusive interview with The MMA Corner. “We saw it coming though. After losing two in a row, it was expected, and now I just have to get back into winning again and doing it in ways that people will remember.”

With a reputation of constantly keeping active in his career, Alloway already has three potential fights scheduled to take place over a two-month period. Alloway has signed on to compete with Combat8, an Australian-based promotion which hosts modified-MMA events where bouts take place inside a cube enclosure with only 30 seconds of ground time allowed per round.

Alloway’s first fight with the promotion is scheduled for the C8:04 card, which takes place in Newcastle, New South Wales, on Nov. 9. He is set to take on kickboxer Daniel Kerr for the Combat8 welterweight title. Combat8 promoter Nathan Swadling is elated at the inclusion of Alloway on the event.

“I am extremely happy to announce that we have signed Benny Alloway to fight New Zealand kickboxing champion Daniel Kerr,” Swadling said. “The two will face off for the vacant C8 welterweight title. Both men are at the top of their chosen sports and will now meet inside the Combat8 Cube with both having high hopes of being the new champ.”

“Combat8 is a great avenue for me to keep active and show what I can do in a different environment,” Alloway said. “No matter what the sport is, fighting for a title is always an honor, and it’s definitely something that I am not taking lightly. I am looking forward to fighting again and doing whatever it takes to win.”

The last time that Alloway turned in back-to-back losses, he rebounded with a six-fight winning streak, going a little over 18 months until he would taste defeat again. Whilst the Combat8 fight may not count towards his mixed martial arts record, it’s still a victory that could help Alloway move towards replicating his previous streak.

“My last two fights are not a good example of what I can do inside the cage,” Alloway admitted. “I really just want to get in there again and show that I can win fights, and I can win them in ways that make the fans happy that they paid to be at the show. I am hungrier than ever to win and I am not going to let anyone stop me. When I went on my last [winning] streak, my loss was by submission too, so hopefully history can repeat itself.”

Combat8 is looking to move past a controversial third event where the promotion was openly criticized by fighters for late payments. Swadling has assured that their previous mistakes have been corrected and there are measures in place to ensure there is not a repeat of that scenario. Rebuilding the Combat8 brand is the first priority for Swadling, who wants all potential fighters to be confident that they will not only get paid for their appearances with Combat8, but they will also have a completely different experience to any other combat sport.

The Combat8 C8:04 card also features a featherweight title fight between Robert Lisita and Sam Bastin, along with the combat sports debut of Timana Tahu, a dual international football player.

Follow Combat8 on Twitter at @Combat8Dominate and Alloway at @bennyblancomma.

Photo: Benny Alloway (top) (Scott Clark/Sherdog)

About The Author

Staff Writer, Australia

Located in Queanbeyan, New South Wales, Neil Rooke has been writing about the sport of MMA since 2011. In the past, Neil has written for Cage Junkies and has written for Fight! Magazine as well as Fist! Fight Magazine. Neil is also a regular contributor to Fight! Magazine Australia and Yahoo! Sports Singapore.