Light heavyweight Eliot Marshall and lightweight Shannon Gugerty have been released by the UFC after suffering losses on Sunday at UFC on Versus 1, MMA Madness reports.
Marshall dropped a lackluster split decision to Vladimir Matyushenko on the prelims of the card in Broomfield, Colorado, while Gugerty suffered a second-round submission to Clay Guida.
The release of Marshall (8-2), a semifinalist on The Ultimate Fighter 8 who lost to eventual winner Ryan Bader, comes as a surprise, as he had won three-straight UFC fights over Jules Bruchez, Vinny Magalhaes, and Jason Brilz before being handed his first UFC loss by Matyushenko.
Meanwhile, the release of Gugerty (12-5-1) should surprise few, as his loss on Sunday to Guida was his second-straight and third in his last four fights, dropping his UFC record to 2-3, including wins over Matt Grice and Dale Hartt and losses to Spencer Fisher and Terry Etim.
While not confirmed, James Irvin, Paul Buentello, Duane “Bang” Ludwig, Eric Schafer, and Chase Gormley, among others, could also be on the chopping block following back-to-back losses, including defeats at UFC on Versus 1.