The UFC has trimmed down it’s roster with 10 fighters being released in the past few days.
One of the most notable names on the list is Shayna Baszler, the veteran female bantamweight fighter who made her way to the UFC in 2014 after a stint on the TUF 18 show.
She became friends with her coach Ronda Rousey while filming the same and went on to become one on the bantamweight champion’s ‘Four Horsewoman’ team-mates.
However, despite ‘The Queen Of Spades’ years of experience and outspoken attitude, she failed to make an impact in the Octagon, suffering two TKO losses which has led to her release.
Tim Elliott had been on the UFC’s roster since 2012 plying his trade in the flyweight division and was entertaining to watch, but with just two wins in six appearances, including a recent three-fight losing streak, the UFC have decided they no longer require his services.
Elliott was still actually ranked at No.13 in the official UFC flyweight rankings at the time of his release.
Louis Gaudinot is another familiar face from the cut list. He appeared on TUF 14 in 2011 and has stuck around for a number of years despite an underwhelming 1-3 (+1NC) record.
Gaudinot did actually earn a win over Phil Harris last year, but failed a drug test which resulted in the fight being amended to a no-contest – a blemish on his record that’s perhaps partly contributed to him being shown the exit door.
Other fighters who’ve been released from the promotion this week are Dylan Andrews, Alptekin Ozkilic, Vik Grujic, Shane Howell, Rocky Lee, Taketi Matsuda and Alexander Torres.