Everyone cheered when the news came out that an assload of Strikeforce fighters would be transfered over to the UFC when their promotion folded. Not just
superstars bigger names like Mousasi, Jacare, and Cormier, but guys like Nandor Guelmino, Gian Villante, and Adlan Amagov too. Good for them, but not so good for existing UFC fighters. For every action there is a reaction and the UFC is now in purge mode – they just cut sixteen (16!) fighters on Tuesday:
Former welterweight contender Jon Fitch was among the 16 UFC fighters who were released from the promotion on Tuesday. UFC president Dana White also confirmed with MMAFighting.com that the following fighters were also let go: Wagner Prado, Mike Russow, Jacob Volkmann, Vladimir Matyushenko, Che Mills, Jay Hieron, Terry Etim, Paul Sass, Jorge Santiago, Mike Stumpf, Simeon Thoresen, C.J. Keith, Motonobu Tezuka, Josh Grispi and Ulysses Gomez.
The real eyebrow raiser here for most people is Jon Fitch, who proves that being a top 10 fighter in your weightclass doesn’t keep you safe from being cut. But it makes a certain sort of sense: he’s gone 1-2-1 over his last four fights and has never been a fan favorite. And that’s a generous assessment … Dana White himself has used ‘a Jon Fitch fight’ as a synonym for ‘a boring fight’ for years now. So is it really such a surprise to see Fitch go now that he is no longer one of the top welterweights in the sport? Really, the only way this could work out better for the UFC is if Bellator signs Fitch up for one of their tournaments and they have to deal with him.
Past that, there are no huge shocks – other than the slightly disconcerting decision by the UFC to fire over a dozen guys in one brutal stroke. Will this be the end of it? Or is 375 fighters still a good 25 to 30 fighters too many?