It looks like Vagner Rocha’s knockout loss to Jonathan Brookins earlier this month at UFC on Fuel 1 was enough to convince the UFC’s brass the 7-3 lightweight was no longer an asset to the organization, cutting him from the roster as a result. The defeat dropped his record inside the Octagon to 1-2, though in fairness to Rocha he made his debut against Donald Cerrone on short notice and went the distance.
Rocha’s release was first reported by TATAME where he said his next move will be to rest for a bit after an extended training period due to a previous bout being cancelled prior to him facing Brookins.
The BJJ blackbelt started his career off with five straight wins having since alternated between success/defeat in each of his subsequent outings. His lone UFC win came against Cody McKenzie who he submitted in the second round of their rumble with a Rear-Naked Choke.
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