After Din Thomas washed out of the UFC, I figured it was only a matter of time before he reappeared at 145 in the WEC. After all, we’re talking about a guy that the UFC put a lot of push behind … he’s been around forever, was on season 4 of the Ultimate Fighter, and headlined an Ultimate Fight Night. I don’t know why Zuffa didn’t no-brain it and give Din a shove towards the WEC, but they didn’t and now Din is freelance:
After leaving the UFC, most believed he would land with Zuffa’s other promotion, World Extreme Cagefighting, which boasts an impressive list of featherweights, but the Florida based fighter said the call never came.
“I felt like Vincent Chase on the last couple episodes of ‘Entourage.’ People just didn’t want to see me and I was like ‘dang, nobody really wants to give me a deal’ and nobody was really looking out,” Thomas commented. “So Affliction came along and they reached out and I was like ‘alright, I appreciate it.’ So I ended up signing with them.”
It’s not like Din Thomas is gonna make or break an organization, but if there’s one thing Scott Smith has tought me, it’s that you never know who’s going to build a buzz around them. Thomas was around long enough and is good enough that not passing him onto the WEC was kinda dumb of Zuffa.