The UFC has parted ways with fourteen fighters, an official confirmed today to MMA Fighting.com.
A list of fighters had been circulating on Twitter whose profiles had been removed from the UFC.com roster page.
Deleted fighters list http://t.co/R95m2RpmTJ
— UFCFIGHTERSiNFO (@UFCFIGHTERSiNFO) July 7, 2015
Among the biggest names on the list was Hatsu Hioki, who was at one time seen as among the top five featherweights in the world. A former titlist at Shooto and Sengoku in his native Japan, Hioki made his UFC debut in 2011 and won his first two bouts. But the good times didn’t last for the grappler, who went on to win just one more UFC bout in his next six tries. In his last Octagon appearance, Hioki lost via second round technical knockout to Dan Hooker.
Another familiar name among the fighters cut was Ryan Jimmo (pictured above). A karateka, Jimmo began his career in his native Canada, where he won 15 consecutive bouts after losing his pro debut in 2007. His UFC debut in 2012 was a memorable one, knocking out Anthony Perosh in just seven seconds. But he went on to win only two of his next six UFC bouts — making more headlines for his criticism of the promotion’s arrangement with Reebok (which he called the result of “an abusive relationship” between the fighters and the UFC) than his in-cage accomplishments.
Here is the complete list:
Ryan Jimmo (19-5, 3-4 in the UFC)
Robbie Peralta (18-6, 4-4 in the UFC)
Hatsu Hioki (27-8-2, 3-5 in the UFC)
Bentley Syler (5-1, 0-1 in the UFC)
Wendell Oliveira (24-9, 0-2 in the UFC)
Nolan Ticman (4-3, 0-2 in the UFC)
Dhiego Lima (10-4, 1-3 in the UFC)
Justin Edwards (8-5, 2-5 in the UFC)
Zhang Lipeng (9-9-1, 2-2 in the UFC)
Luiz Dutra (11-4-1, 0-2 in the UFC)
Josh Sampo (11-5, 1-3 in the UFC)
Lisa Ellis (15-10, 0-2 in the UFC)
Andrew Todhunter (7-0, 0-0 in UFC)
Jessica Rakoczy (1-5, 0-2 in the UFC)
The UFC also removed Brian Ebersole from their profiles. As reported here, Ebersole retired from MMA following a loss last month.