FiveOuncesOfPain.com was able to confirm that welterweight Josh Burkman, a veteran from the second season of the UFC’s hit reality television show The Ultimate Fighter had departed the promotion in the weeks proceeding his unanimous decision loss to Pete Sell at UFC 90 last October.
Five Ounces of Pain has also confirmed that middleweight Jason “Dooms” Day is no longer a member of the UFC roster. It is unclear whether Day was released following his first round TKO loss to Kendall Grove last month at UFC 96 or if he had become a free agent with no attempt made to re-sign him.
Day, a Canadian fighter with a 17-8 record was signed by the UFC following a controversial split decision victory over David Loiseau last February during a Hardcore Championship Fighting event. He made his Octagon debut at UFC 83 last April, where he TKO’d Alan Belcher at 3:58 of round 1.
Following the strong outing vs. Belcher, UFC officials put Day in a co-headlining roll against Michael Bisping during last June’s UFC 85 event at the O2 Arena in London, England. Bisping was able to TKO Day at 3:42 of round 1. Day then lost his second consecutive UFC bout vs. Grove and saw his career record with the promotion fall to a disappointing 1-2.
While not confirmed, Day’s first fight since departing the UFC could take place at a yet-to-be announced event slated to take place next month in California.
Day and Burkman are a part of a list of departures from the UFC roster in recent months that also includes Antonio Mendes and Jeremy Horn.