The body count from UFC 125

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.

(image by Tracy Lee via Cagewriter)

  • Bleach

    Vera and or Davis will probably end up in Strickforce or Bellator.

    Fuck McKee

  • frickshun

    It’s a shame that they’re cutting……BWAHAHAHAHAAHAHA. Who gives a shit about these guys!!

    Looking back, I don’t know why I had a boner for Vera. He fought some garbage fighters. Fucking UFC marketing machine duped me again!!

  • FiveBoltMain

    I can see Baroni & Davis in Bellator since they like to stand & bang. Vera will probably end up on SF since they need LHW’s. McKee is heading back to the wastelands of Canada.

  • Blackula Jonez

    “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?”

    At least 2 fights, I understand that in the post merger world the 155 division is the most bloated and in need of purging. But seeing how all the other guys listed not only got finished and got many chances to redeem themselves, I am pretty sure they were expensive to keep around too.

    Matt “my record is 11-10″ Brown is still in the UFC either because he is a beloved TUF alum or has substantial blackmail material over the Ferttitas. This guy does nothing but give you a couple rounds of frenetic action before getting submitted and he is still in the UFC – the premier mma org on the planet.

    Daniel Roberts got KTFO’d by Doomsay in his octagon debut and has gone on to submit both of his last two opponents. Other than using him as an example i don’t see why they didn’t let McKee get at least one more shot seeing as he actually convinced one judge that he won ffs.

    But he is a loudmouthed decision machine, so I doubt most people will be sympathetic towards him. All he can do is continue to win fights elsewhere and hope to get called back as a last minute replacement.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    i don’t see why they didn’t let McKee get at least one more shot seeing as he actually convinced one judge that he won ffs.

    FFS = For fucks sake?

    I know, can you believe Dana didn’t take a judge’s opinion into consideration when deciding on roster cuts?

    But for cereals: being boring*, old and playing the race card on Zuffa for employment and then choking after all his “Experience” probably F’d him in the A last Saturday.

    * – I mean, despite the brains it took to do the reality show “pilot” he ranted about Jon Fitch as comparative proof he should be in the UFC. Jon Fucking Fitch – the kind of fighter Dana hates to see clogging up divisions and boring-out decisions against fighters fans are actually interested in. FFS!

  • McBayne

    “”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. “”

    for what it’s worth, Stephens was a 3:1 favorite by fight time.

  • YEAH RIGHT

    The biggest loser out of 125 is probably Josh Gripsi. Dude got wrecked and lost his title shot by someone who hadnt fought at 45 before(i think?)

  • frickshun

    Blackula–>worried it will be hard to face your unemployed cousin @ the next family BBQ? FFS.

  • SST

    ^^No shit. I thought he was guaranteed at -600. Grispi got completely destroyed in that fight.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    Did any of you cats notice Grispi came out fine (defense up, balls of his feet, etc), got clipped with a knee in an early exchange and then turned into what we saw for the next three rounds?

    I had only seen him fight once before, and that was very differently. He looked like he was Starnes-ing it. I had to rewind that shit once it was over to see if something happened and all I could see at the time of retreat was a glancing knee to the plexus.

    Any thoughts?

  • fightlinker

    I’m thinking the 145 and 135 divisions are just still sorting themselves out. Every year there’ll be badder and badder motherfuckers coming out till it equalibriates (real word?)

  • agentsmith

    Grispi’s stand-up looked almost non-existent, like he forgot how to even throw a punch. And to think he was going to get Aldo next… I think Poirier just saved his life.

  • scissors61

    I think Grispi might’ve gotten one of the worst cases of “UFC jitters” I’ve ever seen. He froze up bad, real bad. Aldo would’ve sent him out of the ring on a stretcher if they’d fought that night.

  • YEAH RIGHT

    I don’t think Poirier is getting enough credit for that fight. I mean, he looks like he has serious promise. I don’t think he is good enough to be in the top yet, but in a few years he will be.

    He was real aggressive with his stand up and not afraid to throw really effective strikes most MMA fighters ignore (teep kick, elbows, thai clinch, etc). He wasn’t all that technical, but the fact that he was willing to throw them and his timing was pretty good shows he has what it takes to be a real contender soon. I think a couple years at Golden Glory would be fucking amazing for his career. They would tighten the shit out of his striking, and make him a monster.

  • subo

    Alright someone send me a link to the fucking Grispi fight already.

  • Reem.Hadouken

    Best of the best fighting 3 times a year my ass haha.

  • Reem.Hadouken

    Only reason Grispi got high billing is because he beat up Pulver, which don’t mean much.

  • frickshun

    ^^That’s not why. Grispi looked like a fantastic, young prospect. Just not any more!!

  • Rikers

    Vera lost his balls and started fighting not to loose. Sad cuz he arguably has some of the best kickboxing at 205. Let him crush some cans over seas and locally and he might earn a shot back. As far the rest of those clowns, who cares?!?. McGee is a decision machine and Davis is just too old and slow to compete at this level anymore. Fun guy to watch, but he doesn’t belong in the UFC….welcome addition to the SF roster.

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