Report: UFC releases middleweight Michael Kuiper

Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

Following his UFC Fight Night 30 loss to Bradley Scott, Dutch middleweight Michael Kuiper appears to be out of the UFC.

Based on the match-ups made for the UFC Fight Night 30 preliminary card, the odds of several of the losing fighters being cut were fairly high. The opening fight of the evening saw The Netherlands' Michael Kuiper lose a 1st round submission to Bradley Scott, dropping Kuiper to a paltry 1-3 in the UFC. According to Dutch website Round 1 Network, Kuiper has been let go by the promotion.

The 24-year-old made his debut in 2012 against Rafael Natal, losing a unanimous decision after dropping the first two rounds and coming up just short in his 3rd round rally. Kuiper stopped Jared Hamman at UFC 150 to record his lone UFC victory, but his reported release came through his consecutive submission losses to Scott and Tom Lawlor.

It's not a surprising cut at all considering Kuiper did not perform well at all against Scott, but at 24 years old it's not inconceivable to think that he could be back in the UFC a few years down the road, especially at a time when the UFC is heavily pushing for more European-based events.

Keep in mind that this is only just one reported release, and that the uncertain fates of Alessio Sakara, Rosi Sexton, Phil Harris, and perhaps Andy Ogle will all be sorted out in the coming weeks.

SBN coverage of UFC Fight Night 30

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