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Three more UFC fighters get cut

The UFC has just let go of three more fighters, continuing the trend of tightening up their roster. Who are the latest victims? Din Thomas, Kuniyoshi Hironaka, and Tommy Speer. Tommy Speer didn’t really have any business being in the UFC at this point of his career anyways, so it’s actually kinda nice of Dana to release him back into the wild to mature. I’m kinda sad that they let Hironaka go since he seemed like the only Japanese guy in the UFC willing to bang. This of course cost him two fights in a row, so he’s gone. By the way, congrats for winning “Fight of the Night” at UFC83, man!

Din Thomas, I’m not gonna shed any tears for. The moment his release was announced I bet his manager’s phone exploded because 15 promoters called the same number simultaneously. He’ll land on his feet somewhere (most likely Strikeforce or EliteXC is my bet) and should be able to do some very mediocre and uninteresting things outside the UFC. Good for him.

Now at first when all these cuts were announced I was flipping out a bit, but after thinking about it I realize now that it’s not really THAT big of a deal. The good fighters who are released aren’t going to have a hard time finding more work. Even the bad fighters like Jake O’Brien and Sean Salmon are doing quite well for themselves because they’ve got a good manager. So no more tears for the majority of these fighters being let go. While being cut is the end of a job, it’s not the end of a career.

  • Gong

    Wasn’t Din Thomas planning on going to WEC anyway? But yeah, he’ll find work.

  • catch

    Apparently Thomas is seriously considering retirement.

  • ninjitsu

    Seriously, what the fuck is up with cutting someone following a “fight of the night” performance.

  • Nachtfalter

    That was my first thought, too, Gong. Din wanted to move down to featherweight. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean WEC, of course. EliteXC has a completely shitty featherweight division but at least they have one.
    But maybe he changes his mind about the weight drop. Afterall, at least in EliteXC I don’t really see a Lightweight Din couldn’t potentially beat.

  • Throken

    I think cutting a guy after posting up a fight of the night wasn’t a great move. Even if he is never able to beat higher level competition, a low paid guy at the start of an event, who fires the whole place up, is exactly what is needed to get a place going. It also helps sell VOD of the preliminary fights on

    So yeah, if I really didn’t like the guy’s potential, dump him after a bad performance, but ride the good ones out of him first.

  • frickshun

    Getting “Fight of the Night” doesn’t mean you’re an elite fighter that deserves to be in the UFC. It means that there wasn’t a better fight to give it to. The Goulet fight is not very memorable except for Goulet getting rocked & coming back to knock him out. I don’t think Hironaka displayed the kind of skill that a very deep division is in need of. I’m sure he will fight elsewhere & do well, just like Din.

  • ninjitsu

    frickshun: So think about your own job. What would you think if you got fired immediately after a good quarter?

    It’s like saying: “We know you were the employee of the month last month, but that doesn’t mean you belong to work here, there just wasn’t anyone else to give employee of the month to.”

  • Throken

    Frickshun, I gotta disagree with your reasoning. There are plenty of good fighters out there, that I don’t want to see, because they’re boring. A guy who puts on entertaining fights is better to have than a guy slightly higher in skill, who is boring as hell. I don’t think Hironaka was going to rise that far, or beat out alot of top guys. However, I think that after a good performance, they should give him another shot, and ride him until he stops putting up good fights, then drop him.

  • frickshun

    Ninjitsu–>the “What if it was you” only works on TV. I am a monster @ my job & ain’t going anywhere. But if I got fired, I would hustle my ass off to find a new job to support my family. Just like these 2 fighters will do. It’s just business, people.
    Throken–>like I said @ the end, they’ll both find a new home quite easily. They might even be stars there & make more $$ (@ least “fight” money, not sponsor $$). My point was that their respective divisions are so deep & there is only so many spots on fight cards. ((**ALSO, does anyone understand that the point of sports is to win. If a guy wins but is boring, it’s up to his opponent to find a way to win. Not for him to take risks & lose. I love Bernard Hopkins. He’s technical, highly skilled, durable, tough, hard punching & BORING AS HELL!! But he understands how to take advantage of the scoring system to win fights.**))