Three middleweight fighters, Dave Branch, Chris Camozzi and Rob Kimmons have each been given their marching orders from the UFC after recent losses in the promotion.
After a brutal KO slam loss against Gerald Harris in his UFC debut back in July of last year, Dave Branch had pieced together two back-to-back wins in the remainder of the year.
A second round submission loss to Rousimar Palhares at UFC On Versus 3 earlier this month had brought an end to his time in the UFC though, leaving his record at 8-2 overall.
A part of The Ultimate fighter Season 11 cast, Chris Camozzi got his UFC career off to a good start with two decision victories in a row in 2010. Much of that good work was then undone when he was quickly tapped by Kyle Noke at UFC 127 in february however, and the promotion have decided not to keep the 24 year-old on the books.
Finally, the longest serving of the three fighters, Rob Kimmons has been around since the summer of 2008, but has struggled to find consistency. He headed into his UFC On Versus 3 fight with Dong Yi Yang having compiled a 3-3 record inside the UFC, and a TKO loss in that bout left little doubt that he would be heading for the exit afterwards.
There’s unlikely to be too many eyebrows raised at these departures, though the fact that both Branch and Camozzi had lost only one fight prior to their dismisal’s gives some indication of how much pressure every UFC fighter is under every time they step into the Octagon.