The UFC has just added eight new prospects to their ever-evolving roster, which means it’s also time to trim the fat. As of today, the UFC has removed six fighters as of late, following UFC 163: Aldo vs. Korean Zombie. Of those names includes MMA royalty Roger Gracie, following his lackluster, decision loss to fellow Strikeforce import Tim Kennedy. The news did not bode well with Brazilians. Follow-up to the cut included heavyweight Dave Herman after a four-fight skid, Vinny Magalhaes after a KO loss to Anthony Perosh, John Maguire and Bristol Marunde after their third straight loss and the chop of submission specialist Ednaldo Oliveira.
Outside of Gracie being cut on his first loss, there is not much surprise over the fighters removal. All those listed have fallen to losing streaks and or had bad showings. Even in Gracie’s debut, he looked to be in the wrong weight class according to commentator Joe Rogan, as he was out-struck and out-grappled for three straight rounds by Kennedy. As we see in Gracie’s case, a bad first impression is everything to UFC brass.