Two experienced UFC veterans Elias Theodorou and Wilson Reis are among a number of fighters who have been released from the UFC in recent days.
Theodorou joined the UFC as an undefeated 8-0 prospect back in 2014 and since then he’s put together a solid 8-3 run in the Octagon.
In fact, Theodorou has won three of his last four fights, only coming out on the wrong end of a unanimous decision verdict against Derek Brunson last time out.
With that in mind, Theodorou’s release seems harsh, but it’s likely down to his style of fighting, which is barely around cautious point-fighting from range, often just focusing on landing the occasional leg kick while using movement to avoid being hit himself.
It’s clearly been effective given his winning record, but it’s a style that’s not fun for many fans to watch and has resulted in nine of his 11 fights going to the scorecards, which appears not something the UFC brass cares for.
Also being shown the exit door is Wilson Reis, who has fought in the UFC for six years.
Reis started his time in the promotion off strongly, racking up a 6-2 record that earned him a flyweight title shot, but since then he’s lost four of his last five fights and that’s led to him being cut from the roster.
In addition to Theodorou and Reis, less established fighters Eric Shelton and Marcelo Golm have also been cut.