The most constroversial UFC firings
Over the years, there have been many firings and lay offs in the UFC, especially as of late. Whether you are a fighter, a cut man, or work backstage behind the scenes, your job is never all that secure it seems, especially under the new ownership which seems to be cutting costs left and right.
In the following video, we see some of the biggest and most controversial UFC firings, a few of which make perfect sense and others make no sense at all.
When it comes to their fighters, there have been many cuts over the years which are simply baffling. Letting top ranked fighters like Jake Shields and Jon Fitch go back in the day made no sense, and even more recently fighters like Rory MacDonald, Ryan Bader and Lorenz Larkin too but in their cases they were offered a much better deal elsewhere.
Sometimes, the UFC is spot on letting certain guys go though like in the case of Rousimar Palhares. Palhares, while being a top ranked fighter, had a habit of not letting go of his submissions which caused injury to several opponents and that is somebody who is going to hurt your brand so it makes sense firing him.
A couple very key behind the scenes guys were let go too over the past few years over trivial nonsense such as Burt Watson as well as beloved cut man extraordinaire Stitch Duran.
Burt Watson was also very much beloved by all those fighters he worked with behind the scenes. He wasn’t exactly fired per say but he resigned after being scolded by an executive about some nonsense and you don’t talk to Burt Watson that way.
The firing of cut man Stitch Duran gets the top spot and was simply shameful. Stitch spoke out against Reebok saying if he and other cut men are forced to wear Reebok they should be paid for it which is 100% correct and the UFC responded by firing him.
After the firing, UFC president Dana White would famously say “Stitch Duran was never my friend” which was so not cool.