Last week you heard the news that 9 fighters in the UFC were given their walking papers, and you could sense that this was the beginning of a roster-purge to make way for Strikeforce fighters. Today, MMA Opinion reported 4 more pink-slips were handed out by the UFC, and they are the following:
- Ken Stone, bantamweight, 2-2 UFC (and 0-1 WEC) record.
- Byron Bloodworth, bantamweight, 0-2 UFC record.
- Josh Janousek, middleweight, 0-0 UFC record.
- Pedro Nobre, featherweight, 0-0 (1 NC) UFC record, Razzie nomination.
Stone's time with Zuffa dates back to WEC 53, the organization's final show. All 3 of his losses were different forms of violent knockouts. In the WEC, he was on the wrong-end of a slam KO against Eddie Wineland. When he debuted in the UFC against Scott Jorgensen, he was knocked out with one punch with Jorgensen in top-position in full guard. He did win his next 2 fights against Donny Walker and Dustin Pague, but Erik Perez sent him packing with a sub-20 second KO.
Janousek was signed to fight Michael Kuiper on short-notice at UFC on FOX 6, but pulled out with an injury a few days ago.
Nobre fought Yuri Alcantara last weekend, and you probably know the rest by now. It's not often these days a UFC fighter gets released after one fight, but Nobre has proven to be the exception.
If you're keeping score, that's 13 fighters released this year already, and you can certainly expect to see that number rise over the coming months.