Disclaimer: Unless otherwise noted this information is based purely off the removal of fighter profiles from the UFC lists of active fighters. Information can and will be updated when available.
With the huge run on new signings lately it was all but inevitable that a few familiar faces would be on their way out as well. Now it would appear that the axe has fallen. Perhaps the biggest news, and already confirmed by MMAWeekly, is that Rosi Sexton has had her UFC contract terminated. Reports have it that she's considering neck surgery, but fortunately for her, living in a country with free health care somewhat renders moot the argument over whether or not the UFC will still be paying for it.
In more speculative news, it appears that George Sotiropoulos and Alessio Sakara are both on the outs as well. Sotiropoulos is not exactly a surprising cut as he's on a four fight losing streak, but still it's strange to think of him outside the UFC where he's fought 11 times over the past six years. I personally felt that his fight against KJ Noons was pretty close, but that says more about KJ Noons than G-Sot at this point.
Alessio Sakara, however, comes as no surprise. His constant struggles to make weight put him on the IR with kidney problems last year and Nicholas Musoke's ability to move up from Welterweight on short notice and submit him in his UFC debut showed pretty clearly that Sakara really has no business fighting in the UFC any longer. Like Sotiropoulos his most recent loss was his fourth straight (although that includes a DQ to Patrick Cote) and, despite having fought in the UFC for nearly a decade, he's never shown any real improvement. Although his record is an incredibly mixed bag of performances as a fighter Sakara did manage to have 15 fights in the UFC over his eight years there. And I will say, It will be a little jarring to see the middleweight division without his name as well.
That's all for now, but we'll be sure to provide updates as we get them and I have no doubt that this is not the end of the UFC's roster trimming. So, stay tuned for more news and updates.
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