June 8, 2012; Sunrise, FL, USA; Josh Neer (right) struggles with Mike Pyle in the second round of their UFC bout at BankAtlantic Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE
In a bit of surprising news today, UFC welterweight and BJJ ace, Carlos Eduardo Rocha, has been released by the promotion after his decision loss to Mike Pierce at UFC on FX 4. Rocha shared the news and his frustrations about the Pierce fight to Tatame:
I went there to fight MMA and he wants to win by points. There were 15 minutes of pure stalling This is bullshit. And UFC fires me after a fight where the guy just stood there stalling. I had good performances and even so I was cut off. I didn’t expect this.
Wasn’t he the one who said he’d fight any Brazilian because it’s an easy fight? I thought he could come for me but he didn’t. He didn’t attack me on the clinch, he didn’t hit me nor let me hit him. That’s not MMA.
There was one promotion (that made him an offer), but the guy didn’t wanna fight me. Now let’s move on, keep my head up. I never give up. I know I’ll get better next time so I can have another chance in the UFC.
Rocha was 1-2 in his UFC career, debuting with a quick kneebar submission against Kris McCray, and then dropping a spirited decision to Jake Ellenberger, before the loss to Pierce last weekend. Those two decision losses were the only losses of his 11-fight career.