The UFC cleaned house today, shedding sixteen fighters from the roster including a number of notable stars. The company’s reasons for the mass firing were not offered up, though each competitor was coming off a loss in their most recent rumbles as is typically the case in such matters.
Perhaps the most notable in the bunch were welterweight Jon Fitch and light heavyweight Vlad Matyushenko. Each had spent a good deal of time in the Octagon including a run for Fitch highlighted by wins over a number of top foes and crack at the championship.
MMAFighting confirmed all the cuts with UFC President Dana White. The other fighters left to test free agency were Jay Hieron, Che Mills, Mike Russow, Paul Sass, Jorge Santiago, Terry Etim, Wagner Prado, Ulysses Gomez, Jacob Volkmann, Motonobu Tezuka, Josh Grispi, C.J. Keith, Mike Stumpf, and Simeon Thoresen.
The 24-5 Fitch was last seen falling by decision to Demian Maia earlier this month after picking up Fight of the Night honors in his previous pairing. Among the stand-outs Fitch took out during his time in the Octagon are the likes of Diego Sanchez, Paulo Thiago, and Thiago Alves.
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