Jon Fitch, 15 others released by UFC

February 20, 2013

16 fighters, each coming off at least one loss, were released by the UFC, including Jon Fitch. Also let go were Wagner Prado, Mike Russow, Jacob Volkmann, Vladimir Matyushenko, Che Mills, Jay Hieron, Terry Etim, Paul Sass, Jorge Santiago, Mike Stumpf, Simeon Thoresen, C.J. Keith, Motonobu Tezuka, Josh Grispi and Ulysses Gomez.

Jon Fitch: 1-2-1 in last four UFC fights.
Wagner Prado: 0-2 in last two UFC fights.
Mike Russow: 0-2 in last two UFC fights.
Jacob Volkmann: 1-2 in last three UFC fights.
Vladimir Matyushenko: 0-2 in last two UFC fights.
Che Mills: 1-2 in last three UFC fights.
Jay Hieron: 0-2 in last two UFC fights.
Terry Etim: 1-3 in last four UFC fights.
Paul Sass: 0-2 in last two UFC fights.
Jorge Santiago: 0-3 in his last three UFC fights.
Mike Stumpf: 0-2 in his last two UFC fights.
Simeon Thoresen: 0-2 in his last two UFC fights.
C.J. Keith: 0-2 in his last two UFC fights.
Motonobu Tezuka: 0-2 in his last two UFC fights.
Josh Grispi: 0-4 in his last four UFC fights.
Ulysses Gomez: 0-2 in his last two UFC fights.

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The MMA world reacted with a notable degree of shock, not least of all Ulysses Gomez, who had not been informed of the release, and learned about it on Twitter.

Ulysses Gomez @uselessgomez
@arielhelwani I got released?!?!? What! Serious?

Jacob Volkmann @JacobVolkmann
I wasnt @danawhite decision to cut me it was Joe Silva's.

paul kelly @paulkellymma
Devastated for a lot of sad family's tonight! People chasing a dream an there jobs just taken away!

Dan Hardy @danhardymma
Why is it whenever someone gets cut early by the @UFC, everyone gives me shit? I would have cut me way before @JonFitchdotnet too!

Nam Phan @NamPhanMMA
wow 16 fighters got cut from the @ufc today. i need to rack up some wins lol :(

 Rick Buchholz ‏@RickBuchholz
@danawhite I get it's ur business; howevr, tossing Fitch completely shits on the UFC's legitimacy.I'm 100% done wasting my $ on ur craziness

Dana White ‏@danawhite
@RickBuchholz f--- u goof

Jon ‏@jon15931
Volkmann's release is as nonsensical as Jon Madsen's or Todd Duffee's. Just a f---ing travesty.

Dana White ‏@danawhite
@jon15931 @arielhelwani @ufc @seanshelby calm down drama queen

@davedoylemma
Dana calls Fitch "super f@#%ing expensive