The UFC’s roster just got 13 fighters lighter, as the promotion cut ties with more than a dozen names under its banner.
Arguably the most popular name on the list is Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, who was just 1-6-1 in his last eight fights inside the Octagon. Silva enjoyed a limited amount of success with the UFC, competing for the heavyweight crown at UFC 160 in 2013, but dropping a first-round TKO to then-champion Cain Velasquez. The 37-year-old Brazilian has been knocked out or stopped by TKO six times in the last three years, ending his UFC career on a three-fight losing streak (all by T/KO).
Also on the list is Tamdan McCrory, who returned to the UFC after a six-year absence last December. He defeated the late Josh Samman via third-round submission before dropping back-to-back knockout losses against Krzysztof Jotko and Nate Marquardt.
A full list of fighters can be found below (via MMA Fighting):
- Shane Campbell
- Kevin Casey
- Cody East
- Glaico Franca
- Leonardo Augusto “Leleco” Guimaraes
- Cory Hendricks
- Caio Magalhaes
- Enrique Marin
- Tamdan McCrory
- Kenny Robertson
- Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva
- Sean Spencer
- Alberto Uda
The releases come on the heels of a high wave of cuts within the UFC’s front-office. Several top executives have recently been cut from the UFC’s offices in Las Vegas, Canada, Europe, Brazil and Latin America. MMA Fighting reports that about 60 to 80 employees are to be let go in the coming weeks, with more on the horizon as the year progresses.
Much of the executive departures come just a few months after the UFC’s $4 billion sale in July, as the promotion changed hands from Zuffa LLC to WME-IMG.