The end of an era comes as two longtime UFC fighters are no longer under contract by the promotion. Former title challenger and BJJ legend, Demian Maia and Featherweight Jimmie Rivera have not had their contracts renewed.
Demian began his career in the UFC in 2007 where he compiled a record of 22-11 with the UFC and saw him face off against some of the fiercest names in both the middleweight and welterweight division. He has scored wins over the likes of Jon Fitch, Jorge Masvidal, Ben Askern, Carlos Condit to name a few. The Brazilian fighter is, unfortunately, coming off a 2 fight losing skid, but those come at the hands of Gilbert Burns and Belal Muhamad. While no word from Maia has been made whether he would retire completely from fighting or perhaps transition to grappling, he has made it clear he would love one more fight with the UFC as his farewell.
As for Rivera, his current record stands at 23-5 (7-4), he began his UFC tenure looking like a sure title contender scoring 5 wins in a row beating names like Uriah Faber, Pedro Munoz, Iuri Alcantara. He lost a decision in a rematch against Pedro Munoz in February. Jimmie has faced some struggles since suffering his first loss with the UFC going 2-4. All losses however did come at the hands of Marlon Moraes, Petr Yan, and Aljamain Sterling.
Both fighters have been removed from the companies roster and are yet to be signed by any other promotion.