Just three fights and about 16 months removed from being crowned the winner of the 19th season of The Ultimate Fighter, Eddie Gordon has been released from the UFC, he announced on social media.
Gordon entered the TUF season, featuring former UFC lightweight champions Frankie Edgar and B.J. Penn as coaches, with a 6-1 record, stopping three of his opponents via submission and knockout along the way. He joined the tournament as a former light heavyweight, dropping down to 185 pounds to partake in the televised tournament.
The Serra-Longo prospect remained a middleweight fighter through his next three bouts, dropping second-round knockout to fellow TUF 19 fighter Josh Samman, a split decision to Chris Dempsey and a third-round rear-naked choke to Antonio Carlos Jr. at UFC Fight Night 70 in June.
Gordon announced he would drop to welterweight after his most recent defeat at 185 pounds. He won’t be making his 170-pound debut inside the Octagon.
He wrote on his Facebook page:
“Just got news from the [UFC] I will be released just want to thank my friends[,] family[,] fans[,] [Dana White] and everyone at [UFC] for great opportunities. [The] 170[-pound] division is safe for now I’ll be back no doubt about it looking forward to the next chapter of this best seller #teamtruck“
TUF 19 runner-up Dhiego Lima also struggled to make an impact in the UFC after dropping the first-round KO to Gordon in 2014. He went 1-2 in his following two bouts, suffering back-to-back first-round knockouts in February and May 2015 — prompting the UFC to release Lima from his contract on July 5.