The UFC has easily the largest rosters of fighters on it’s books and is the top MMA promotion in the world. With that status comes huge attention and a plethora of fighters trying to impress and get into the promotion. With all this competition comes the need to cut fighters who haven’t performed as expected. Today is the final day for five, once promising warriors.
One of the bigger cuts is The Ultimate Fighter Season 16 winner Colton Smith. Smith may have won the show but he didn’t win many fans after feigning touching gloves only to immediately take his opponent down. He was also far from impressive once he received his UFC contract, being finished in three straight bouts, and as such the UFC decided to cut ties with the active duty army ranger.
Another standout name now having to find employment elsewhere is Strikeforce veteran Pat Healy. After a shocking submission win against Jim Miller at UFC 159, things took a turn for the worse with that victory being changed to a no contest after Healy failed a drug test. Things didn’t improve as Healy then went on to lose 4 fights in a rowdy decision leaving the UFC brass no option but to give him his walking paper.
The other three cuts the UFC made were Estevan Payan, Chris Indich, and Dave Galera.