UFC to make big roster cuts

Updated: October 17, 2015
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According to Swedish MMA website MMANytt.se, the UFC is expected to release around 50 fighters in the coming days. They will do so in an attempt to clear up their divisions of fringe fighters. Currently their divisions are heavily over populated, which allows most fighters on their roster to fight only twice a year at best, because there aren’t enough bookings for their entire roster.

They began with three cuts on Friday, Oct. 16 and after a suprisingly quiet weekend, cut numerous fighters on Monday, Oct. 19, removing them from their website.

Stay tuned to Sideline Sports Report all week for an updated list on fighters who have been cut and information on cuts of relevance, like Friday’s cut of Ultimate Fighter Season 19 winner Eddie Gordon.

Cuts on Friday, October 16
Eddie Gordon
Christos Giagos
Roger Narvaez
Matt Van Buren
Chris Clements
Marcus Brimage

Cuts on Monday, October 20
Ivan Jorge
Francisco Trevino
Pawel Pawlak
Hernani Perpetuo
Vagner Rocha
David Michaud
Naoyuki Kotani
Amir Sadollah
Luke Zachrich
Soa Palelei
TJ Waldburger
William Macario
Leonardo Mafra
Ron Stallings
Roger Zapata
Joe Merritt
Lewis Gonzalez
Ramsey Nijem

Eddie Gordon – Cut 10/16

Gordon looked nearly masterful in his destruction of what turned out to be a lemon of a cast on the 19th season of The Ultimate Fighter as part of Frankie Edgar’s team. Though he won decisions all through the show until the finals, none of the fights were very close. In the finale, he knocked out Dhiego Lima in the first round to claim the show’s middleweight title. After his win over Lima, he went 0-3 in his other UFC contests before his release. In August, SSR ranked Gordon the 110th best fighter in the history of the show, the lowest ranking of any winner from the first 21 seasons.

Marcus Brimage – Cut 10/16

Another fighter who has a past with The Ultimate Fighter, Brimage was selected to appear on both The Ultimate Fighter 8, and The Ultimate Fighter: United States vs. United Kingdom. But due to injuries, he was never allowed to compete on the show. He later dropped down to the featherweight division to be part of the Team Bisping vs. Team Miller season. He lost on the show in the opening round, but won his first three UFC fights, then dropped four of his last five before being release.

Francisco Trevino – Cut 10/19

Trevino never lived up to his hype in the UFC. He entered the octagon in 2014 with a perfect 11-0 record and proceeded to outpoint Renee Forte before losing his last two. His last loss came just two weeks ago when he lost to surging newcomer Sage Northcutt at UFC 192. Trevino complained about the stoppage afterwards but is also facing a suspension due to testing positive for marijuana coming out of the fight.

Amir Sadollah – Cut 10/19

The story of Sadollah has long been a curious one. He entered the seventh season of The Ultimate Fighter as part of Forrest Griffin‘s team and had no professional fights under his belt. He TKO’d future UFC fighter Gerald Harris and submitted current UFC welterweight contender Matt Brown in the opening two rounds of the show. He then submitted show favorite CB Dollaway in both the semi-finals and finals to win the contract. He went on to fight 11 times in the UFC, going 6-5. He lost to a young Johny Hendricks in his first UFC fight post show at UFC 101 but picked up wins over Phil Baroni and DeMarques Johnson. After losing a decision to Dan Hardy in 2012, Sadollah was out for two years with a variety of injuries. When he returned in 2014, he lost to Yoshihiro Akiyama, his third loss in four fights. Sadollah has not fought since that fight.

Soa Palelei – Cut 10/19

The heavyweight brawler went 4-3 in his UFC career but was violently TKO’d in his last outing against Bigfoot Silva. After losing to a young Daniel Cormier in 2010, Palelei won eight straight fights to regain entry to the UFC where he scored knockouts in all four of his wins, including against Pat Barry. Palelei announced his retirement from MMA on Monday, so it is hard to tell if the deletion of his fighter profile from UFC.com comes as a way of that retirement or an actual release with the wave of fighters being cut.

Ramsey Nijem – Cut 10/19

Nijem was the runner up on The Ultimate Fighter: Lesnar vs. Dos Santos, losing to Tony Ferguson in the finals after a highly impressive run through the show. Nijem went 5-5 in the UFC and has lost his last two fights in a row with his most notable win being a TKO finish of Beneil Dariush in 2014.

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