The Ultimate Fighting Championship has cut thirteen fighters from their roster — including names from every men’s division — according to a recent report.
Our friends at Bloody Elbow have followed a Twitter account under the name UFCFIGHTERSiNFO which, as they put it, “runs a script (then publishes it on Twitter) scanning any changes to the roster, so while not official, this has historically proven to be accurate.”
It’s been consistent — as, at the beginning of the month the promotion normally trims its roster by a few names. This month, the cuts were a bit more than usual.
Among the most familiar names were two fighters, who, coincidentally, have brothers who have accumulated a bit more success in MMA and remain with the UFC.
Ildemar Alcantara (seen above) is a middleweight from Brazil whose Octagon highlights include a “submission of the night” performance against Wagner Prado, in his UFC debut back in 2013. Alcantara (21-8 in MMA, and 4-3 in the UFC) went on to fight for the UFC six times, with each bout going to decision. His last appearance was a unanimous decision loss to Kevin Casey in July. Alcantara’s brother Iuri, a bantamweight, fought last month at UFC 190 — winning a decision against Leandro Issa.
Dan Miller, who has fought at several weights including middleweight in his most recent appearance, is a New Jersey native with a 14-8 record in MMA (with one no contest). His UFC run included wins against Joe Doerkson and Matt Horwich, but lately he’s struggled — losing four of his last five bouts, dropping his record within the UFC to 6-7. His brother, lightweight contender Jim Miller, last fought in July, winning a split decision against Danny Castillo.
Here is a full list of the cuts:
Light Heavyweight: Hans Stringer
Middleweight: Dan Miller, Ildemar Alcantara, Tom Watson
Welterweight: Andrew Craig, Igor Araujo
Lightweight: Anthony Christodoulou, Yosdenis Cedeno
Featherweight: Niklas Backstrom, Aaron Phillips
Bantamweight: Cody Gibson, Royston Wee
Flyweight: Darrell Montague