Report: Kalib Starnes cut from UFC contract

It looks like those who predicted that Kalib Starnes would no longer be with the UFC after his shameful performance in the Octagon at UFC 83 were correct. According to Yahoo! Sports, Starnes has been cut from his contract:

After losing a unanimous decision on scores of 30-26, 30-27, and an unheard-of 30-24, Starnes received even worse news: He was cut from his contract by UFC president Dana White.

“He just doesn’t belong in the UFC and after his performance the other night, he should consider a new line of work,” White said Monday.

Ouch. That hurts. If there’s one thing that Dana White hates more than anything, it’s guys who don’t come to fight or guys who put on boring fights. Starnes didn’t come to fight on Saturday and spent the whole fight running away from Quarry, who was brutalizing Starnes whenever he had the chance. I have no doubt that another promotion will pick Starnes up, but this should be a lesson to him.

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  • Mike Wolfe says:

    Why would another org. want him? Losing in the UFC is one thing, but refusing to engage is another. I don’t see how he excuses such a poor performance on the biggest stage in MMA, and I can’t see how anybody would believe or care about his excuses.

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  • Zack says:

    He’ll get picked up as a heel by somebody. Probably a canadian org.

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  • BJJDenver says:

    Good riddance!!

    That was pathetic. Now all that is left is for Sherdog to ban him, lol.

    He has somewhat of a name in mma, so he will find work no problem.

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  • slimm says:

    They did the right thing, it was sad to watch him run away for 15 minutes, the few entertaining moments of the match was Quarry mocking that little shit and the unbelieveable score of 30-24 which may have been the proper score of the fight….. i hope Kalib gets ktfo in his next fight wherever he ends up. ok that was a little harsh but whatever…. cheers….

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  • Danny says:

    While Dana is at it, here’s a list of some guys that can go too:

    Lutter, McCarthy, Grove, Coleman, Sakara, Sell, Speer….a i cant think of anymore right now but i’m sure there’s more. lol

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  • ufcfan says:

    a lot of fighters would have loved to be in starnes position, on the ufc roster, on the main card/televised

    if he was injured/or mentally not ready DROP OUT the fight and let
    someone else get air time.

    good riddance

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  • Another organization will easily snatch him up. He had a terrible performance, and the entire ordeal was bad for his reputation, but he could bounce back with some solid performances. He still maintains a solid record and has fought good mid-echelon talent. Ya never know, Starnes may have simply been hurt, under the weather, or a complete idiot. Either way, he has other chances elsewhere.

    One thing is for certain though, White holds grudges, so if Starnes manages to do well outside the UFC, I doubt he’ll be back.

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  • Evan says:

    Why in Gods name would another org want him? He is a punchline now.

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  • seth b says:

    Someone posted a defense of Kalib on Sherdog here…
    http://www.sherdog.net/forums/showthread.php?threadid=771229
    Running to prove a point???

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  • Ross says:

    After his last fight I remember him yelling at his corner that he hadnt quite but the doctor was stopping the fight—-My point is Kalib thought his corner was questioning his heart- So maybe this dude does have a bigger issue with “heart” . He is that guy that you know with a guilty concious (sp) syndrome. That may of not made sense but bottom line. GOOD RIDDANCE.

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  • TMAC says:

    Thought I read that Starnes was in final fight of his contract, so Dana publicly “cutting” him was just to make a point.

    Starnes very well may have a legit beef with the UFC over his past medical costs stemming from fights in the UFC, particularly expenses incurred from injuries received from his time on TUF. (I believe in addition to the questionable rib injury there was a legit stress fractor in his leg he ended the show with.) But the bottom-line is that there are 100 other better ways to express his discontent to his employer than to go make a mockery of himself.

    Anyone else thinking Randy Couture looks like a complete gentleman for the way he handled his beef w/ Dana?

    Bottom-line is that Starnes should be relegated to “bush-league” promotions for a while as his actions on Saturday were definitely bush-league.

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  • Jay says:

    He’s a joke. Plain and simple. This is the same guy that whined about the training being to hard/intense on TUF!!!

    I’ve never in my life seen a fighter do what he did against Quarry.

    Thanks Dana!

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  • jj says:

    wow, this is arguably the worst fight in UFC history. at least everyone knows that nate quarry isnt to blame and tried his best to fight a guy who didn’t want to fight.

    this is the second time in a row that ive seen kalib start yelling fuck you at people after the fight. what a degenerate shit-stain, it’s one thing to defend yourself when you go in the cage and leave it all hanging out…

    at first i thought kalib was injured, but he obviously had no problems running away. too bad kalib had to run the whole match like a bitch though, quarry could have got the KO of the night and a $75000 bonus with the way that kalib tends to carelessly drops his hands and keep his face down like in his previous fight.

    nate quarry was all class though, in the most trying of situations. too bad big john wasn’t there to give kalib shit, i would have liked that.

    a well deserved 30-24!

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  • D says:

    omg Ross, you just reminded me of that! That was a very weird ending. It’s not often you see a fighter arguing with his own corner.

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  • Reaser says:

    Good riddence…

    but you know with EliteXC out there he will be competing for their title within months and Gary Shaw will say he can beat any MW in the world…

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  • Jason says:

    I agree there are some other guys I’d like to see out there. Lutter and McCarthy both should be canned. Maybe Dana could make examples of those 3 for not trying at all. Dana proved to Jared Rollins and Jon Koppenhaver that if you fight well and even if you loose you will be back. Firing Starnes was the right thing to do. That money could be used to keep Arlovski or sign another guy willing to fight.
    My list of who I would drop:
    Charles McCarthy
    Travis Lutter (missing weight and showing no cardio)
    Kendall Grove

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  • matt says:

    “# 5 Danny Says:
    April 21st, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    While Dana is at it, here’s a list of some guys that can go too:

    Lutter, McCarthy, Grove, Coleman, Sakara, Sell, Speer….a i cant think of anymore right now but i’m sure there’s more. lol”

    Sell will never get dropped. Every single fight he has is exciting, win or lose. Speer is still very green. Sakara is a good test to see if someone at 205/185 is on the right track or not. And Coleman is still good enough to compete. The rest i agree with

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  • Evan says:

    He said here the UFC pays for all bills. Besides…doesn’t Canada have national health care? so if he lives in Canada he shouldn’t have to pay anything anyway am I right?

    http://www.sherdog.net/forums/showpo…&postcount=776

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  • Mike Wolfe says:

    I read Starnes’ alleged explanation on Sher Dog. Lame excuses after a lame showing. That was the worst MMA “fight” I’ve seen, and trying to put it back on UFC/White makes it even worse. Better to fight well and then complain so you might have some credibility.

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  • Rich S. says:

    at first i was thinking that this was a little harsh seeing as how he showed great heart in the Belcher fight.. and he beat Leben.. but.. then i remembered his fight with Grove on the show.. where, i believe, they brought him back to fight.. and after a few knees to the body.. he kind of [nonchalantly] kept saying he thought he broke a rib.. and Shammy was saying.. if he had a rib problem.. he would be on the ground.. and he wouldn’t be able to talk.. he eventually just waved off the ref and quit [yet some how he still ended up with a contract] soo.. i think this WAS a good decision.. because he just doesn’t have heart.. it’s like he doesn’t care if he wins or not..

    CAGEPOTATO did an article on what they thought was going to happen to Starnes.. and someone commented on the post.. saying that Starnes was refraining from engaging.. as a protest to under-paying fighters… whether that’s true or not.. i wonder how he’s gonna like not getting payed AT ALL..

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  • Brad says:

    On the SDS on sherdog they just said Kalib is retiring and that he was “protesting” because the UFC didn’t pay his medical bills when he got cut against Belcher.

    Fucking idiot.

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  • TMAC says:

    Actually medical services in Canada aren’t as “free” as they are advirtised to be. I am an American that lived in Canadia for 2 years. The “free” element of the health care system is for basic services, you have to buy upgrades to make the coverage similar to what we typically get in the US. Also its important to note that this “insurance” is near useless in other countries and additional coverage is usually purchased when traveling abroad.

    Bottom-line, I believe Starnes when he claims to not have been covered for his out of pocket expenses due to injuries sustained “in the workplace” while fighting for the UFC. However that doesn’t justify his actions.

    His actions were immature, ill-conceived, and deserving of all the mockery they are receiving. But its important to clarify; Starnes should be mocked for being and idiot, not for a pussy. Well at least this time I don’t think he pusse out, he made a horrible decision and now will get to face the consequences of his decision.

    And for what it’s worth, I would rather see a fighter puss-out and make a mockery of his professionalism the way Starnes did. If he simply had a low pain thresh-hold, as another promoter I would sign him. But not after he decided to use his employer’s stage to embarass himself.

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  • Dan says:

    What happened? Where was the Kalib that fought Alan Belcher? That was a great fight until he got cut. I would have had way more respect for him if he got ktfo’d in 4 seconds.
    I agree with Dana, that was one of the worst fights I ever saw. I hope that another promotion doesn’t make a mistake and give him another chance.
    Please HCF, dont sign him

    Bye Kalib, I guess I’ll see you flippin burgers at the A&W.

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  • A.C Slater says:

    Even if he were standing up for some cause, any legitimacy he might’ve claimed sort of went out the window when he screamed, “Why don’t you fucking fight, faggot?!?” Like some hateful, dog-shit-for-a-heart, red-neck, Starnes shoots his “cause” in the proverbial foot.

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  • TMAC says:

    Oh I almost forgot this… Go back and watch the intros to the fight and catch Kalib’s predictions about the fight. He says, “I think he’s going to be surprised that I can out-box him, that I am faster than him.”

    What a prophetic prediction, well at least 1/2 of it. He had way more speed than Nate could handle.

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  • Dan says:

    I would also like to address the UFC not paying his medical expenses. As a Canadian citizen the surgery and stiches to his bulbous head WOULD be covered by his health care.
    The only part he would have to pay for is the antibiotics he had to take after it was infected. So there is some legitimacy to his claim.

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  • Mike Wolfe says:

    Stateside the antibiotics wouldn’t be too much, maybe a few hundred bucks, unless he had to take some exotic, wide spectrum stuff. I still think his post fight statements are just lame excuses.

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  • Dan says:

    Im with you Mike

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  • Patrick says:

    How on Earth do people mention the list of fighters they want cut and Melvin Guillard’s name doesn’t come up.

    Guillard is repeatedly on the top of my shit list for being terrible in and out of the ring.

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  • keenan says:

    get the hell out… watch some guillard highlight videos and tell me you dont wanna watch that guy

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  • Patrick says:

    I don’t wanna watch that guy.

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  • Michaelthebox says:

    Leland, I think you’re badly underestimating the damage to Starnes’ reputation.

    Major organizations would be stupid to pick him up. I’d personally be offended by any major organization that rewards him with a contract, and I suspect a LOT of other fans would feel the same.

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  • Echolocating says:

    As far as Kalib’s health insurance goes… that only covers you while you’re in Canada. If you travel, from my understanding, you have to buy a short term travel medical insurance package (very reasonably priced, mind you). Also, there’s no tiered health care; everybody gets the same full medical coverage, excluding dental, eye, and some other smaller shit, but if you need a new brain… you can stand in line for a transplant.

    If Starnes’ poor performance had anything to do with unpaid medical bills, he’s an idiot. Actually, he’s an idiot anyway.

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  • GoofyMonkey says:

    If the rumors are true, then he essentially threw the fight… right? Isn’t that illegal?

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  • AntonK says:

    Kalib may have mental health issues…

    “Bittersweet Symphony” indeed.

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  • Evan says:

    Check Sherdog main page…that report from the radio station is BS and Kalib says so. This all started from some idiot on the sherdog forums who just wanted to stir shit up.MMA rumors are like celebrity tabloids.

    “”I never appeared on any Montreal radio show,” he said, “and those reports are completely false.””

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  • Rich S. says:

    lol @ #31 and #32..

    well,
    obviously Starnes chose the best method of protest here..
    i mean, rather than getting an article in a magazine, newspaper, website, or an interview to speak out against the UFC.. He decided to get punched and kicked really hard for 15 consecutive minutes… that’s what i would’ve done too… nice work, Kalib…

    PS- that was sarcasm..

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  • brett says:

    ok all at once…

    na na na naaaa
    na na na naaaa
    hey hey hey
    good-bye

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  • bDavid says:

    the non fight (running away) was pathetic , but for a ‘professional fighter’ to yell ‘why weren’t you fighting, fuck you faggot’ to the other corner was over the top , this fag (me)paid 49.99 for the HD feed and i dont want to hear crap like that from what is suppose to be a pro…. i may be the only fag that likes mma ( i hope not)but i should not have to listen to that… furthermore as a Canadian i was embarrased and pissed off at this guy.. any of the other non broadcast fighters would have killed for that chance.. and he runs away like a little ‘breeder’ (just kidding). i am very glad Dana dropped this joker. what goes around comes around!

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  • My cut list says:

    Danny,

    Since we’re making a list of fighters we’d rather not see again in the UFC lets include LayNpray-hope-for-the-win-Evans and Jorge likes-to-put-on-“exciting”-fights-but-cant-figure-figure-out-how-to-win Gurgel (great trainer and cornerman but bad fighter). I’ll cut Grove and especially Speers some slack but I agree with Patrick about Guillard -he should be on the gotta go list too. If he left some of his cockyness at the door he might actually show real promise but as is he sucks. I’m not really a Sell fan and couldn’t care less about the others.

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  • mike wolfe says:

    No. 32. You’re killing, dude. LOL.

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  • Fight Fan says:

    His cardio was good though.

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  • Kogepan says:

    Khalib starnes is my hero

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  • Patrick says:

    Are you a professional marathon runner Kogepan?

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  • Grape Knee High says:

    All the sand in Starnes’ vagina is thanking White for cutting him.

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  • ctownhood says:

    I can’t believe people are actually arguing healthcare as a reason to run in an MMA fight. Memo to all fighters: You may get hurt fighting

    I am pretty sure Starnes (and every other fighter on the roster) knows what the UFC does and does not pay for. So if you’re worried about getting hurt and who’s going to pay for it..maybe get a corporate job.

    My understanding is the UFC will cover all medical issues that happen in the Octagon, but will not cover issues that occur in training.

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  • Grape Knee High says:

    “Major organizations would be stupid to pick him up. I’d personally be offended by any major organization that rewards him with a contract, and I suspect a LOT of other fans would feel the same.”

    Michaelthebox, I think you’re underestimating how stupid some MMA organizations are.

    ProElite has Melvin Costa under contract. And Mike Kyle recently got signed by Strikeforce.

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  • mike wolfe says:

    Starnes ought to see how far he can push this. In his contract he ought to demand scented candles, specific beverages and very specific types of catered food in his dressing room. He could feature costume changes between rounds. Tight little spandex numbers with plunging necklines and rhinestones. If he’s going to fight like a diva, he should completely play the part.

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  • screwface says:

    i bet he shows up on a shoxc fight card in the next cpl months.

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  • urnidiot says:

    Starnes should do the world a favour and quit the fighting game all together. Anyone that would watch him fight again is a loser and should just die. Mike Wolfe is a homo.

    cheers!

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  • Mike Wolfe says:

    #51–urnidiot. Your screen name says it all.

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  • urnidiot says:

    Mike Wolfe, it sounds like you should be watching professional gay wrestling!!

    cheers!

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  • T-Bone says:

    Getting BOOed out of your own country says it all. It doesn’t matter what his reasons are. There was other fighters there that could have used the main fight card. The forum he chose to express his displeasure was definitely not the right one.

    Having your own country turn on you and cheer for the guy mockey your pussy antics is no way to get a point across, it is only a way to public humiliate yourself. I think everyone has lost all respect for this guy.

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