It was bound to happen. With the demise of Strikeforce, and the recent influx of fighters to the UFC, the promotion was going to have to cut some people, and now they’ve done it. While most of the names are “no brainers”, there are a few very big names included in the list. What is surprising is some of the fighters on the list could very well have helped test other fighters in the Octagon, but maybe their past indiscretions have lead to their release. So here is a list of “least shocking” to “most shocking” cuts from the UFC roster today.
Simeon Thoresen, Mike Stumpf, Motonobu Tezuka and C.J. Keith
All of these fighters have lost two straight fights in the Octagon, and Thoresen was the only one out of the four who actually won a fight in his UFC career. They will make room for more prospects to be signed.
Grispi won zero fights in four UFC bouts. At the age of 24, he still has a chance to make it back into the world’s largest fight promotion, but some time fighting on a smaller shows may help him find the fire to compete again.
Jay Hieron and Jorge Santiago
They both have too many losses in too many attempts in the Octagon. Hieron did well against Ellenberger, but he was knocked out quickly in the Tyron Woodley fight. Santiago, on the other hand, did not show his skills off. He always seems to freeze in the UFC, whereas he excels in other promotions.
Despite being 2-2 in the UFC, Dana White was very critical of his last performance. Mills was content to wait for the decision after losing two rounds instead of going crazy like White thought he should have.
0-2-1 in the Octagon, and he never really came close to winning any of his fights. It is a little unfair since he took on top contender Phil Davis twice, and his opponent was switched in his last UFC fight. Life is not always easy, and maybe a drop to 185 with some wins can bring him back.
He was in the UFC for about five years, and injuries had stalled his career since he only fought once a year for the last four years. Once he picks up a little consistency and stays healthy, he could be back.
He was 0-2 in the Octagon, but he was also a flyweight, which maybe would have bought him some more time. The UFC does not have many flyweights, and he actually did very well against Phil Harris in his last fight.
Paul Sass and Jacob Volkmann
Both fighters had some pretty big wins in the Octagon, and had won more than lost as well. They could have easily fought some lesser fighters and beat them. Usually fighters like Sass and Volkmann are kept around to test up-and-comers, but the room is just not on the roster anymore.
Mike Russow and Vladimir Matyushenko
Matyushenko was 4-3 in the UFC spanning back to 2009. He had beaten Igor Pokrajac, Eilot Marshal, and knocked out Jason Brilz, while his losses came to top-ten light-heavyweights Alexander Gustafsson, Ryan Bader and Jon Jones. Russow was 4-2 in the UFC, and one of those losses came from potential number-one contender Fabricio Werdum. Plus, he was never able to rematch Todd Duffee, which should have happened.
He had a horrible performance against Demian Maia, but that was also a bout that would shoot one into contention. Also, he had been with the UFC since 2005, and had a record of 14-3-1 in the promotion. His loss comes as the biggest shock of all, and one there is bound to be big discussions about in the weeks to come.