I know the UFC is trying to slim down on it’s roster, but just like losing weight there’s a right way to do it and a wrong way to do it. Proper nutrition and a reasonable training regiment is the right way. The two finger trachea tickle every time you’re feeling pudgy is not the right way. And to continue this weak comparison (I’ve invested too much time now to give it up), taking the winner of the Ultimate Fighter 4 and also the only guy to give Anderson Silva the smallest iota of trouble and cutting him from the roster for losing to Rich Franklin is NOT the right way either. The UFC has officially released Travis Lutter, which seems like a very bipolar thing to do if you re-watch the Countdown to UFC83 show.
This just goes to show you that if you’re a fighter you better be fucking careful about who you agree to fight. Lutter had been set up to fight Ryan Jensen a few events back- most likely on the undercard. I’m sure if he lost that one he’d have been cut, but there’s a big difference between losing to some nobody named Ryan (what a stupid name) and losing to someone like Rich Franklin. The indication here is if the UFC calls you up and offers you a hard fight, you better think twice or you’re liable to get “Jake O’Brien”ed.
Now of course you can make the argument that Lutter gassed out and that’s simply unforgivable in the UFC. But the list of shit that can get you dropped from your contract seems to be getting longer and longer with each event. Want a raise? You’re fired. Have a boring match? You’re fired. Blow your load in the first round nearly finishing off a future hall of fame fighter? YOU’RE FIRED! Get caught with a stray knee and lose a bout? Oh, you know the drill. There’s so many ways to get let go from the UFC now. But hey, job security is over rated anyways.