The UFC is the world's largest MMA promotion and has the most fighters on its roster of any promotion in the world. But even in such a balance of power, it’s not easy to stay in the UFC without a series of good results, exciting fights, or charisma.
The best combination is all three aspects, but only the biggest stars really have that. In such circumstances, one must leave the promotion in order to give the opportunity new hopes. The new series of cancellations this time is not big, but it is significant and brings four names.
These are, officially from today, Michel Prazeres, Maki Pitolo, Jared Gooden, and Matt Sayles, who will have the task of finding a new MMA employer. We already knew about Prazeres, after he failed a doping test and received a four-year suspension.
Once a fighter with as many as eight UFC wins in a row, Prazeres was also known for frequent weight-loss problems. After the suspension, he severely attacked USADA, claiming that he was taking fertility pills and that the agency was fully aware of everything his therapy contained.
Although retirement has been mentioned, it seems that “Tractor” will continue his career in some promotion that is in no way related to USADA and their regulations. Although he was hoping for another chance, Maki Pitolo will also leave the UFC.
This member of the Xtreme Couture team came to the UFC through the Contender Series and was believed to have great potential. But five defeats in six UFC fights were not something to be tolerated and the UFC adventure of this 31-year-old is over.
At least the first one, because no one can be sure that he will not return to the Octagon with a series of good results. Another fighter who came to the UFC from the Contender Series is Matt Sayles, also with quite a bit of pomp.
Great performance on the show resulted in even a commentator playing with his last name, “He sayles fights”, but he failed to confirm that among the elite. The 27-year-old celebrated in just one of four UFC fights, and he looked especially bad in the last fight, where he was defeated by Jordan Leavitt by a break.
Last on this list is Jared Gooden, a 28-year-old who also celebrated in just one of four fights. He did not show anything worth mentioning during them, so he will have to look elsewhere for his happiness.