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David Terrell released by the UFC

One-time middleweight prospect David Terrell (not to be confused with welterweight Dave Terrel of the WEC) has been formally released by the UFC, according to a report by GracieFighter.com:

David Terrell has been officialy released from his UFC contract. He first debuted in the UFC back in August of 2004 where he shocked the MMA world with a vicious knockout win over heavily favored Matt Linland in the early seconds of the 1st round. He then lost a title fight against Evan Tanner and then rebounded by beating Scott Smith in April of 2006.

Unfortunatelty that was the last we saw of Terrell fighting in the Octagon. Plagued by injuries and unhappy with the financial terms of his bout agreements, Terrell sat out the remainder of his contract. Now focused on getting his career back on track, Terrell will be looking to signing and fighting with another organization.

Terrell had been scheduled to return at UFC 78 this past November against Ed Herman. However, he pulled out of the fight after injuring his ankle during training and was replaced by Joe Doerksen.

GracieFighter.com is operated by Cesar Gracie, who is Terrell’s MMA trainer. Terrell is also one of only two people to receive black belts from Gracie, with Nick Diaz being the other. The report on the site confirms rumors that had been circulating which suggested that Terrell was unhappy with his contracted pay from the UFC. There were even those close to Terrell who believe that he would have competed in spite of some of his injuries had he been happier with his pay.

The report on Gracie Fighter also makes it clear that Terrell wants to continue his MMA career with another organization. The odds-on favorite is EliteXC, which already has a relationship with Gracie through deals with Diaz and Jake Shields.

Newer fans will be unfamiliar with Terrell because he’s competed just once during the “TUF era,” but let me tell you that at one point he was ticketed for stardom in the sport. Name an athlete in a mainstream sport that had All-Star potential but never reached that level because of durability issues, and that’s David Terrell.

17 COMMENTS
  • Huckaby says:

    He needs to go back out and prove he’s worth something. That’s what happens when you fight once in three years and whenever your bout agreements are released everyone places bets on what type of injury will make you pull out of it.

    He’s the dictionary definition of a fluke win making a career. He caught Lindland in I believe 1981 and has been coasting on name value ever since. Just fight someone already.

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  • injury riddled will how Terrell’s career will be summed up.. at least to this point anyways.

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  • Eric says:

    “There were even those close to Terrell who believe that he would have competed in spite of some of his injuries had he been happier with his pay.”

    That’s really a hurtful sentence that can completely tank a guy’s reputation and career to just be throwing out there as if in passing.

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  • Sam Caplan says:

    Eric, it’s based on actual conversations that I’ve had with those aligned with his camp. I wouldn’t have said it publicly if those concerns hadn’t been expressed to me by reliable sources with known ties to him.

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  • Jeremy says:

    Not really sure how someone can be unhappy with their pay when they don’t fight to begin with. I guess that’s besides the point now. If he can ever get healthy for some prolonged period I would like to see what he could do in the EliteXC middleweight division.

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  • Mike C. says:

    i wonder how that conversation went. How do you ask for more money when you pull out of 3 out of every 4 fights.

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  • Eric says:

    “Eric, it’s based on actual conversations that I’ve had with those aligned with his camp. I wouldn’t have said it publicly if those concerns hadn’t been expressed to me by reliable sources with known ties to him.”

    I figured, thank you for clarifying.

    Actually I won my last David Terrell injury pool by going with ankle for the Herman fight. Someone needs to inform him a good way to make more money is to, ready for this, fight.

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  • Evan says:

    “i wonder how that conversation went. How do you ask for more money when you pull out of 3 out of every 4 fights.”

    David Terrell: Hey I want more money
    Dana: #$% you

    Probably something like that.

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  • Danny says:

    hey guys. I’m goin to ufc 82 next Sat. and i was wondering if anyone on here has been to a ufc event becuz i had a couple of questions.

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  • bigfish042 says:

    After hearing the statement that

    “There were even those close to Terrell who believe that he would have competed in spite of some of his injuries had he been happier with his pay.”

    That and

    “The report on Gracie Fighter also makes it clear that Terrell wants to continue his MMA career with another organization.”

    with both of those statements, I am willing to beleive that Terrell is a (well I’ll let you pick one) and all of the injuries were NOT serious enough to prevent him from competing

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  • Rich says:

    NOOOOO!!

    I KNEW THIS DAY WOULD COME!!!

    TERRELL’S ALWAYS BEEN ONE OF MY FAVORITE FIGHTERS!!!

    Terrell, Loiseau, and Salaverry have always been tied for my fav. fighters..

    Terrell has beautiful striking.. and brilliant jiu-jitsu…
    he performed amazingly against Tanner in the title bout, despite the loss… and had him seconds from tapping to a guillotine.. and we know what happened in the lindland fight.. he pushed a good pace in the Smith fight and finished it..

    i hope he goes to Elite XC and beats some MW ass…

    man… i can’t believe this… i knew it would happened.. every time i would see him on a card.. and get excited .. and then he would get injured … every time…

    man, this sucks…

    i just hope he’s not done for..

    WEC, EliteXC… he would be great for a top fighter in one of those organizations..

    keep us updated..

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  • Evan says:

    “Terrell, Loiseau, and Salaverry have always been tied for my fav. fighters..”

    When then you’re going to be pretty miserable soon because salaverry will be gone the moment he finishes his next fight. That guy hates Dana.

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  • Rich says:

    ya.. i know.. doesn’t it suck… and … Loiseau’s had a lot of bad luck lately too..

    but..

    Salaverry and Terrell could be GREAT in other org.’s…

    THERE’S STILL HOPE…

    after the tie for 1st between those three.. my second fav. fighter is Robbie Lawler… isn’t it weird how all my fav. fighters are MW??

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  • Jason Brewer says:

    I was hoping the UFC would sue him

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  • Mike Wolfe says:

    So what’s the story about White and Salaverry?

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  • Rich says:

    i don’t know for sure.. but i believe Salaverry doesn’t like his pay…

    but.. i wouldn’t say “That guy hates Dana”…

    unless there IS more to it that i don’t know about..

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  • 6pakc abs says:

    Dana White sucks

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