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Former M-1 lightweight champion Roman Bogatov made his UFC debut on the late prelims of UFC 251 on July 12 on Fight Island, vs. Leonardo Santos. Santos, 40 and fighting since 2002, pushed his undefeated streak in the UFC to eight, with a Unanimous Decision (29–26, 29–26, 29–26).
Bogatov earned an unusual 2-point deduction after landing two low blows and an illegal knee to the head. Referee Marc Goddard was not impressed.
And Now Russia's Tass reports he has been released.
"Yes, they told me today they had terminated the contract," said Bogatov, adding that he was not informed of reasons for the release. However, his manager Sayat Abdrakhmanov said the contract with the Russian fighter was terminated because he used prohibited strikes during bout.
Bogatov's aim was errant, but his toughness isn't in question.