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Exclusive: Razak Al-Hasan cut by the UFC

Razak Al-Hasan didn’t receive the benefit of a third pitch, as FiveOuncesofPain.com has recently learned that it was two strikes and you’re out as far as his current career with the UFC is concerned.

FiveOuncesofPain.com has recently been informed of Al-Hasan’s release from the UFC through sources close to the situation.

The Iowa based submission artist entered the UFC with an unblemished record of 7-0, and will be leaving with a slightly tattered record of 7-2 after dropping consecutive bouts at the hands of Steve Cantwell in a contest where he had his elbow dislocated at “UFC: Fight for the Troops”, and Kyle Kingsbury via split decision during UFC 104.

Only once has Al-Hasan gone the distance in his seven career victories, with five of his wins coming by submission and the remaining victory coming via TKO.

22 COMMENTS
  • Dufresne says:

    He was a fairly entertaining fighter and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him back in the UFC or in SF if he can string together a few wins in smaller shows.

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  • fanoftna33 says:

    I liked Al-Hasan and hope to see him fighting soon.

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  • fanoftna33 says:

    Seriously there is worse fighters in the UFC right now with way worse win loss records and they are kept because of being on TUF which is just the UFC trying to milk every penny they can out of some fighters.

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  • Makington says:

    I didn’t even find him fairly entertaining to be honest. I found him to be quite boring. I feel pretty safe saying he isn’t going to be seen in the UFC again. His fight against Kingsbury was an absolute snooze fest with Razak trying to outpoint Kyle as best he could. He could do quite well in SF or other smaller shows, but he isn’t up to the UFC level of talent.

    Unfortunately for him, all anyone remembers him for his either his large afro(pretty sweet) or the fact that he doesn’t like to tap, even when his elbow is broken.

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  • Makington says:

    fanoftna33: Seriously there is worse fighters in the UFC right now with way worse win loss records and they are kept because of being on TUF which is just the UFC trying to milk every penny they can out of some fighters.  

    Agreed pretty big on that one. Even the fighters from TUF that won in the finale are still much worse (Jon Madsen, James McSweeney) Regardless I don’t think Al Hasan belongs with the best promotion as much as I don’t think a lot of TUF fighters don’t belong.

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  • fanoftna33 says:

    It seems like the UFC is in such a rush these days to sign people, and fighters coming in with records like Al-Hasan’s (7 fights ) is becoming normal. When we see guys make it to the UFC who have over 15 fights they almost seem like vetrans of the sport.

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  • Eh he had a good chance and got dominated by Cantwell, and then lost a split to Kyle, it just shows he isnt up for the level of competition in the Shark tank that is 205. Its a shame but if he can go out and string together some more wins it’d be nice….

    by the way Cory
    “Only once has Al-Hasan gone the distance in his seven career victories, with seven of his wins coming by submission and the remaining victory coming via TKO.”
    By my count that means he has eight victories with a 7-2 record?

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  • xtreme_machine says:

    Never even got a chance to see him

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  • nate says:

    well ain’t that some bullshit? i mean..7-2 with 7 victories all with a finish? they should have given him atleast one more shot..couldnt keep him around for an undercard fight night? or reserve with all the recent injuries? i mean they re-signed “bang” ludwig for the nth time. bah i give up.

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  • KTru says:

    I don’t understand why this guy is getting all this love and people are upset for his dismissal. He got his arm snapped by Cantwell by refusing to tap, then losses to Kyle freaking Kingsbury! Let me say that again, Kyle….ah nevermind.

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  • Off Topic says:

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  • KTru says:

    Off Topic: Most people are upset with the way the UFC runs things but this is a really good thing for Al-Hasan. He can pretty much go to Strikeforce and command a decent amount of money.
    If he can get a match with Rogers and win then most MMA writers and experts will consider Al-Hasan a top5 HW. This would be a great fight for Fedor to finish his contract with. By the time the fight takes place Al-Hasan will be touted as a top 3 HW and a real challenge for Fedor.IMO its a win-win for him.

    What!?!?

    first of all, I doubt SF will even go after him
    second of all he is a small LHW
    third of all, Fedor has shit that will beat him up
    and finally, check yourself into a mental rehabillitation clinic, immediately

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  • Off Topic says:

    KTru: What!?!?first of all, I doubt SF will even go after himsecond of all he is a small LHWthird of all, Fedor has shit that will beat him upand finally, check yourself into a mental rehabillitation clinic, immediately  (Quote)

    KTru: What!?!?first of all, I doubt SF will even go after himsecond of all he is a small LHWthird of all, Fedor has shit that will beat him upand finally, check yourself into a mental rehabillitation clinic, immediately  (Quote)

    I guess they don’t teach sarcasm at your highly educated school.

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  • Jak says:

    xtreme_machine: Never even got a chance to see him  

    You missed a d*mn good Steve Cantwell submission on him. Fight for the Troops was a great card.

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  • Off Topic says:

    Jak: You missed a d*mn good Steve Cantwell submission on him. Fight for the Troops was a great card.  (Quote)

    One of the nastiest I can remember watching.

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  • elkymbo says:

    Awesome afro though.

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  • LiverPunch says:

    He will be back somewhere somehow. Getting dropped by the UFC is not the end of the world, just ask Werdum. Oh and I’ve seen better fros.

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  • Nick Havok says:

    Typical UFC move.

    Whatever though. If Razak is truely talented…he will resurface.

    But two thumbs down on Zuffa for abandoning yet another young fighter after only two losses.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    Hey you gotta make a splash when your jumping into a full pool other wise nobody knows your there…

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  • Kuch says:

    Typically these releases involve the UFC telling the fighter to go win some fights in a smaller promotion to get themselves back on track and make them more marketable. If Joe Silva thinks he really has potential then he’ll be back.

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  • Slayer says:

    If I’m not mistaken, Al-Hassan was originally signed simply because he was supposed to serve as a replacement for an injured Tomasz Drwal against Andre Gusmao at UFC 87, where ironically enough he too ended up having to be replaced by Jon Jones also due to injury.

    Razak didn’t put up much of a strong showing against Cantwell. And although his bout with Kingsbury was close, it wasn’t too exciting. Plus, it was pretty much understood going in that the loser of the fight was getting cut regardless.

    Due to the amount of fighters the UFC is signing these days, most UFC newcomers rarely get a third shot in the UFC if they lose two straight after debuting. Fighters filling in for injured competitors are even more at risk as there has been cases where they get cut after just one bout (Derek Downey, Ryan Madigan), so Al-Hassan actually seems rather fortunate to have gotten the two opportunities that he did.

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  • PsYc0tIkDrEaM says:

    wth this is pretty random his last fight was in October why cut him now?

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