It’s been a long time since we’ve had to report a wave of UFC roster cuts, but that drought is over as of Wednesday.
2017 has been a difficult year for Brazilian fighters competing inside the Octagon, and four of the five who’ve reportedly been let go are from that country. Combate reported that lightweight Adriano Martins, featherweight Hacran Dias, light heavyweight Henrique da Silva, and the suspended heavyweight Carlos Felipe have all been given the pink slip.
Martins (28-9) suffered consecutive losses to Leo Santos and Kajan Johnson, the latter by third-round knockout. The 35-year-old held a UFC record of 4-3, including wins over Rustam Khabilov, Daron Cruickshank, and Islam Makhachev.
Dias (23-6-1) saw all eight of his UFC fights go the distance, but his 3-5 record and current 0-3 stretch spelled doom for the Nova Uniao fighter. A fringe contender at featherweight, Dias’ last bout saw him take on Jared Gordon at lightweight, and Gordon demolished him in the final two rounds to take a lopsided decision.
Henrique da Silva (12-4), also known as “Frankenstein,” started out by winning his first two UFC bouts, but he would lose his next four, including a couple of knockouts vs. Gokhan Saki and Ion Cutelaba in recent months.
Carlos Felipe (8-0) never even stepped foot inside the Octagon, as he was busted by USADA for steroid use. He was supposed to fight Christian Colombo at UFC Sao Paulo last month, but instead he got banned for two years.
The non-Brazilian fighter who was also released is Japanese icon Takanori Gomi, and frankly speaking that’s more of a sigh of relief than anything else. Gomi is on a five-fight losing streak, all defeats by stoppage, and if he is to continue his career, then he’ll most likely return to Japan.