Often, it seems, when a fighter gets released he's the last to know. But on rare occasions the fighter gets the last say on his contract status. At least that's what's happened with Sam Sicilia. Initially reported as part of the mass roster trimming on May 8th, Sicilia's manager spoke to MMAWeekly about the news of his fighter's release.
"He is not cut. He’s actually still on the roster," Sicilia’s manager, Nima Safapour of Alchemist Management, told MMAWeekly.com on Thursday.
"I anticipate for him to be back in the cage probably in the fall sometime."
While Sicilia's profile was initially removed from the UFC website, along with the 11 other fighters reported at the time, it has since been reinserted into the featherweight lineup. Whether he and his management were able to negotiate a last minute deal, or someone at UFC.com just got a little over anxious with the delete button, who knows?
Sicilia most recently lost to Maximo Blanco at the Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale by unanimous decision. Apparently he came out of the fight with a broken hand, but is expected to make a quick turnaround nonetheless. He's currently riding a two fight losing skid, so his next fight will probably have to be a win if he wants to make this more than a temporary stay of execution.