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Who’s next in the UFC personnel service reduction?


It’s been over two months since Dana trimmed the fat off of his fighter roster by releasing Jon Fitch and fifteen other fighters.  Then, when everyone was said, “Jon Fitch and Jacob Volkmann gone?  Yeah, I’m okay with that,” White threatened that a great sacrifice would be made to the warrior gods because he still had over 100 useless fighters on the payroll.  Since then, though, it’s been pretty quiet.  Colin Fletcher was cut after going 0-2, and Lavar Johnson and Matt Riddle were cut on failed PED and marijuana tests respectively, but there hasn’t yet been the great bloodletting White promised, even after the UFC brought in a plethora of Strikeforce fighters.

But perhaps things are about to heat up.  Seven fighters were quietly released last week: Phil De Fries, Chris Spang, Jimmy Quinlan, Collin Hart, Kevin Casey, Gilbert Smith Jr., and Adam Cella.  And looking back on the cursed card that was UFC 159, perhaps it’s time to go over the roster again and spill a little more blood at the feet of whatever god Dana White and the Fertitta brothers bow down before.  Leonard Garcia is the obvious choice from the last round of losers – if I may be so bold as to suggest the UFC start cutting due to performance issues.  And unless Garcia is protected from up on high by the prince of darkness, it’s a pretty sure bet he’s gone by the end of the week.  Nick Catone can probably say goodbye to the organization: in 8 scheduled fights he’s had 1 win, 2 losses, and five cancelled bouts due to his own injuries.  His matchup with James Head at 159 was cancelled after failing to make weight and dehydrating himself into the hospital.

So who else will soon be headed to the bread lines?  According to Brazil’s NewsMMA, Demian Maia will be meeting Josh Koscheck in Rio for UFC 163.  An odd sort of matchup… unless Dana is trying to nudge Kos into “retirement.”

(pic by Scott Peterson for MMA Weekly)

  • Reverend Clint

    Cheick Kongo plzzzzz

  • glassjawsh

    whoever loses the Yves Edward v Spencer Fisher “old man 155″ match in july

  • agentsmith

    Please put Garcia out of his misery.

  • glassjawsh

    Hector Lombard and Jared Hamman,

  • Doogie Howser, M.D.

    This post looks like Dick wrote it. That can’t be good.

    The split infinitives made my brain bleed. You would think that Ryan Fightlinker would insist on someone who actually spoke English writing for him, not just someone who writes in their own language, runs it through Google Translate and than just posts it as is.

  • agentsmith

    ^ You must have a serious stick up your ass if you’re bitching about an old-school grammatical rule that almost no one gives a shit about anymore, especially on a dick joke website. Next you’ll be correcting the kitty cats at icanhascheeseburger.

  • Doogie Howser, M.D.

    ^ Hey, wrong is still wrong, even if stupids don’t know it or are cannot muster the mental faculties to comprehend their failures.

    And you’re not stupid, Agentsmith. You know better than that. When you wrote articles, I didn’t complain. When you write, you sound like you have an IQ of more than low double-digits. Why don’t you write more often, then we could get some quality articles and not have to put up with these dollops of grade A monkey plop?

  • agentsmith

    I’m pretty sure I’ve split infinitives more than a few times in my day. I didn’t even know what that meant until recently.