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.