Jared Gooden Among Three Fighters Released By UFC

The UFC is reported to have released three fighters from the roster ahead of their first event of the year on Saturday night.

First up is Jared Gooden, a welterweight fighter who joined the promotion back in 2020 with a 17-4 career record at the time.

The 28-year-old lost to Alan Jouban by unanimous decision in his UFC debut and would also go on to suffer further losses against Abubakar Nurmagomedov and most recently Randy Brown on the scorecards, with his sole win in the Octagon being a knockout victory over Niklas Stolze back in July of last year.

Also leaving the UFC is the 31-year-old Maki Pitolo, who joined the UFC after a victory on the Contender Series in 2019 that had taken his career record to 12-4.

Pitolo found the going tough in the UFC however, losing five of his six bouts in the promotion, with his sole win being a TKO victory over Charles Byrd back in 2020.

Featherweight Matt Sayles was another recruit from the Contender Series in 2018, holding a 7-1 record at the time.

He too failed to compile a winning record in the promotion and bows out with a 1-3 run that included a submission win over Kyle Nelson in May of 2019.

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