The Zuffa axe swung this week, chopping seven fighters from the UFC roster based on recent performance coupled with overall potential. The entire group of since-scrapped scrappers all took to the Octagon this month with the biggest name in the bunch also representing the largest affected athlete – heavyweight Phil De Fries.
According to MMAOpinion, De Fries’ nineteen-second knockout loss to Matt Mitrione at UFC on Fuel 9 resulted in his release. The defeat dropped his UFC record to 2-3 with all of his stumbles coming via strike-based stoppage.
Joining De Fries in free agency are Strikeforce veteran Chris Spang, as well as Ultimate Fighter 17 cast-members Kevin Casey, Adam Cella, Jimmy Quinlan, Collin Hart, and Gilbert Smith. All six of the men received the proverbial “one and done” treatment in terms of in-ring appearances under the UFC banner.
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