The UFC roster massacre continues post-UFC 125. The latest casualties include some obvious and not so obvious fighters, some YEAH GTFO reactions and some broken hearts. Lets get to them:
Marcus Davis: We’ve had our differences with Marcus over the years. His plastic paddy routine got tired about as fast as having to listen to some drunk ass on St Patrick’s Day telling you they’re Irish because their great grandmother was from Belfast. That shit lasted for TWO YEARS. But once he dropped the schtick, it got a lot easier to like him.
Unfortunately, the life of a gatekeeper is hard indeed. He leaves the UFC on a 1-4 skid, with asskickings that included Ben Saunders wrecking him with knees, Nate Diaz choking him out, and Jeremy Stephens knocking him out cold. With that last one he broke the unspoken rule of gatekeepers: he let someone through who shouldn’t have gotten through.
Phil Baroni: Goddamn, he was so close to taking out Brad Tavares at the start of their fight. We all knew going into this fight that it was do or die for Phil, and unfortunately Baroni got death. But there’s life after death – no reason he can’t crush some skulls over in the UK or Japan for a few years. Then he can open up a school and call it The Phil Baroni Academy of Kicking Ass and Taking Names.
Brandon Vera: The question isn’t why he got cut but why it took so long for him to get cut. Brandon hasn’t looked good since 2006, where he made his name knocking out Frank Mir during Mir’s washed up phase. One protracted contract negotiation session later and Vera became the new Vitor Belfort of the UFC. “Will the Old Brandon Vera show up?” No. No he won’t. Old Brandon Vera may never have even existed.
Antonio McKee: McKee spent the last year talking about how he wasn’t going to get a shot in the big leagues because the UFC was racist. He also said he was greater than GSP and that he was the Muhammad Ali of MMA. Well, Ali got his shot and got split decisioned by Jacob Volkmann. Now he’s fired and while you might say he didn’t get much of a chance, how much of a chance should you get when you’re a 40 year old decision master who just lost to a guy who isn’t exactly setting the world on fire either? We’ve mentioned that it’s a bad time to be a lightweight in the UFC, and McKee just learnt it the hard way.
Fortunately, it’s not like there aren’t employment opportunities out there for all these guys. Don’t look at it as them getting fired … consider it a return to free agency.