After the recent string of UFC events, it is no surprise that some of the fighters that fell short in their outings will be looking for work elsewhere. So far there are three confirmed contract terminations, Caol Uno, Eric Schafer, and Lucio Linhares, while Paul Buentello’s camp is anticipating a similar fate for the aging veteran.
After spending some time in other organizations, Uno made his way back to the Octagon in June 2009, but has failed to earn a win in 3 attempts. Most recently he lost via first round TKO to Gleison Tibau at UFN 21, and previously reached a majority draw against Fabricio Camoes and lost in his promotion return to Spencer Fisher at UFC 99. MMAFighting reports that Uno’s recent 0-2-1 record were enough to earn his walking papers.
Linhares was acquired by the UFC shortly after Afflictions demise, but lost via kneebar to Rousimar Palhares in his promotional debut, snapping a five fight win streak. He was given another chance against Yushin Okami at UFN 21, but according to MMAJunkie the TKO loss he suffered that night earned him his right to seek employment elsewhere.
Schafer announced he had been cut following his recent decision loss to Jason Brilz at “UFC on Versus 1” but showed no hard feelings towards the promotion. Though “Red” had won his first two fights after returning to the UFC, things went downhill when he dropped consecutive decisions to Ryan Bader and Jason Brilz.
Buentello was brought back to the UFC after being released from his contract with Strikeforce, however his return was spoiled when he lost a close decision to Stefan Struve at UFC 107. He was given a chance to turn things around at “UFC on Versus 1” against Cheick Kongo, but the Frenchman proved too much, forcing “The Headhunter” to submit via strikes in the third round. Though he hasn’t officially been released his camp is bracing for the worst considering he’s lost twice in a row.
Update (by Kris Karkoski): It appears Buentello, Rob Emerson, Chase Gormley, Ronys Torres, Rafaello Oliveira, and Rory Markham have all likely been dropped by the UFC following recent losses, as their profiles have recently been removed from UFC.com, a typical sign of a fighter’s release.
The latest string of cuts follows the release of Eliot Marshall and Shannon Gugerty late last month.
Pictured: Lucio Linhares