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Chonan and Bielkheden handed walking papers by the UFC

Yesterday middleweight Jason MacDonald revealed that he had been released by the UFC and today multiple reports indicate that three other fighters have been released by the promotion in the wake of their defeats at UFC 97 in Montreal earlier this month. reported earlier in the day that David Loiseau’s second tour of duty in the UFC lasted all of one fight. Loiseau now finds himself out of the promotion against following his unanimous decision defeat on April 18 at the Bell Centre.

And now a report by Fighters Only reveals that Ryo Chonan and David Bielkheden are also no longer on the UFC roster. Chonan, a former star in the PRIDE Bushido series, saw his lifetime record inside the Octagon fall to 1-3 following a split decision defeat to newcomer T.J. Grant. Meanwhile, Bielkheden, a Swedish fighter, fell to 1-2 in the UFC after being submitted by Mark Bocek at 4:57 of round 1.

MacDonald, Chonan, Loiseau, Bielkheden bring the total number of fights cut following UFC 97 to five as season eight light heavyweight finalist Vinny Magalhaes was also released following his unanimous decision loss to Eliot Marshall.

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