UFC officials are believed to have released five fighters from the company in recent days, and among them is Japanese legend Takanori Gomi.
Truth be told, Gomi’s release is perhaps long overdue as the 39-year-old has appeared to be running on empty for some time now, having lost five fights in a row, all inside the first round.
In total Gomi’s UFC record stands at just 4-8, a far cry from his heyday back in the days of PRIDE where he at one point had won 29 of his 33 career bouts.
Also cut were four Brazilian stars, starting with Adriano Martins, who is coming off back-to-back losses and holds a 4-3 record in the Octagon.
Another veteran fighter Hacran Dias was also on the chopping block following a three-fight losing slump that left him with just a 3-5 run during his time with the promotion.
Meanwhile, Henrique da Silva gets the boot after back-to-back wins to start his time in the UFC was followed by four losses in a row.
Finally, Carlos Felipe is shown the exit door before he’d even had a chance to fight after he was slapped with a two year suspension due to testing positive for steroids prior to his debut.