Canadian UFC light heavyweight Roger Hollett has been on quite the rollercoaster the past few weeks. The fighter was signed by the UFC to fight Matt Hamill at UFC 152, but had a contract snafu with Bellator and was forced out of the bout. Things magically got cleared up the day after the UFC gave the Hamill fight to someone else (Vladimir Matyushenko), but The Janitor got hurt, paving the way for Hollett to get the fight once again.
At the heart of it all was a clause in Bellator contracts that allows them to match subsequent offers even after a fighter has been released. That's what caused the holdup that caused him to miss out on the fight originally. But what's more baffling is what he was released for in the first place, and why they even went through the process of thinking about matching. In an interview with Brian Hemminger at MMA Mania, Hollett explained why Bellator cut him:
Well I wasn't originally supposed to be a free agent. I was scheduled to be in the Bellator light heavyweight tournament but I had a bad EKG rating. They call it an Athlete's heart, which is a little bit of extra muscle around your heart. Everybody who trains really hard has it because of the constant training and cardio. Well they were concerned because I had a little more, like it had progressed a little bit. They wanted me to take an echocardiogram but the doctors couldn't get me in on time to get it fixed and the only thing I got from Bellator was my walking papers. They didn't do anything to try and help me or anything like that.
Basically, Bellator just dropped him and didn't care about him again until he signed with the UFC. Then they used a contract clause to try and screw him over. This is one side of the story and Bellator's might be different, but that seems pretty damn shady to me. Either way, Hollett is free and clear of all that now and will make his UFC debut this Saturday night in Toronto.