Nine fighters were recently handed their
Ultimate Fighting Championship walking papers, including
featherweight staples Leonard
Carvalho and Pablo
Holobaugh, Sam Sicilia,
Lawrence and Issei
Tamura were also released by the Las Vegas-based promotion, and
each of their fighter profiles has been removed from UFC.com.
The fighter exodus is the latest example of the cuts UFC President
Dana White promised in February. White explained that the promotion
had 475 competitors under contract, and estimated that 100 fighter
cuts were on the way. The UFC’s roster has expanded in recent times
due to several factors, including the development of the flyweight
and women’s divisions and an influx of Strikeforce talent.
Garcia exits the UFC on the heels of five straight losses, and
Palaszewski posted a three-fight skid on his way out the door.
Meanwhile, Garza had lost three of his last four bouts, while
Carvalho was released following a technical knockout loss to
Elkins at UFC 158.
Duran leaves the organization following back-to-back setbacks, and
Holobaugh was released following a unanimous decision defeat to
Siler in his Octagon debut. Meanwhile, “TUF 15” alums Sam Sicilia
Lawrence were dropped after two straight losses, as was
Japanese talent Issei