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Luigi Fioravanti dropped from the UFC welterweight division

Despite having garnered a reputation for being one of the toughest welterweight competitors in the UFC, Luigi Fioravanti will have to work his way back into the Octagon upon being released by the promotion shortly after his first round TKO defeat to Anthony Johnson at UFC Fight Night 17 this past Saturday. was informed of the personnel move on Monday afternoon from a source speaking on the condition of anonymity.

With the loss, Fioravanti’s overall record fell to 14-5 with his lifetime record in the UFC reduced to a sub-.500 level (4-5). Despite having recorded a unanimous decision over Brodie Farber this past December during the promotion’s “UFC Fight for the Troops” event, Fioravanti had still dropped two of his last three bouts in the Octagon. The second loss came via a third round TKO against Diego Sanchez during the live finale for the seventh season of The Ultimate Fighter this past June.

A former Marine, Fioravanti has worked his way back to the UFC in the past. He had been dropped by the promotion following a unanimous decision loss to Forrest Petz at UFC Fight Night 10 in June of 2007 but returned soon after having won a fight outside of the organization.

Returning against Luke Cummo during the undercard of UFC 82, the American Top Team trained fighter recorded a unanimous decision victory.