UFC part ways with sixteen fighters in latest roster purge

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Dana White

The UFC has parted ways with sixteen other fighters according to recent reports from @UFCRosterWatch on Twitter.

It’s also worth noting that it hasn’t been confirmed whether these moves were outright releases or non-renewed contracts.

The sixteen fighters recently removed from the UFC roster are listed below:

Welterweight Dean Barry (4-2 MMA)

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Barry recently competed ten days ago at UFC Fight Night 205 where he was disqualified from his fight with Mike Jackson for eye gauging.

Bantamweight Kevin Croom (21-15 MMA)

Croom competed at UFC Fight Night 204 last month, where he suffered his third straight loss at the hands of Heili Alateng.

Bantamweight Cameron Else (10-6 MMA)

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Else was last seen in action at UFC Fight Night 205 where he suffered a TKO loss to Qileng Aori. The loss marked his second in a row, as he had already been stopped by Kyler Phillips.

Middleweight Michael Gilmore (6-5 MMA)

“The Gentleman” had last competed in February 2022, suffering a first-round submission loss to Ramiz Brahimaj. This setback marked Gilmore’s second in a row, as he was previously TKO’ed by Andre Petroski.

Featherweight Mike Grundy (12-4 MMA)

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Grundy received his marching papers after suffering his third straight loss in March. The Manchester native was submitted in the first round by Makwan Amirkhani.

Lightweight Austin Hubbard (13-6 MMA)

Hubbard hasn’t competed since August 2021, where he suffered a unanimous decision loss to Vinc Pichel. This setback was preceded by a decisive victory over Dakota Bush.

Brandon Jenkins Lightweight (15-9 MMA)

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Jenkins most recently competed in April’s UFC Fight Night 204 event where he suffered a first-round TKO loss to Drakkar Klose. The loss was his second in a row as he had previously been defeated by Zhu Rong at UFC Fight Night 192.

Bantamweight Kris Moutinho (9-6 MMA)

Moutinho went 0-2 during his UFC tenure, suffering TKO losses to Sean O’Malley and Guido Cannetti.

Kris Moutinho

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Lightweight Rong Zhu (21-5 MMA)

Zhu was fired after a 1-2 run in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. During that streak, the Chinese star suffered losses to Rodrigo Vargas and Ignacio Bahamondes, while earning his only win (TKO) over Brandon Jenkins.

Lightweight Devonte Smith (11-4 MMA)

Smith was fired after a 3-3 stint with the UFC. “King Kage” picked up wins over Julian Erosa, Dong Hyun Ma, and Justin Jaynes during his time with the promotion.

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Featherweight Bruno Souza (10-3 MMA)

‘The Tiger’ last competed in March, where he suffered a unanimous decision loss to Luis Saldana. Souza went 0-2 during his time under the UFC banner.

Bantamweight Jesse Strader (5-3 MMA)

Strader went 0-2 in the UFC, suffering losses to Montel Jackson and Chad Anheliger.

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Featherweight Mark Striegl (18-4 MMA)

Striegl went 0-2 in the UFC, suffering stoppage losses to Said Nurmagomedov and Chas Skelly.

Lightweight Kazula Vargas (12-5 MMA)

Vargas went 1-3 during his time with the UFC. The Mexican fighter most recently competed in March where he suffered a first-round loss to Paddy Pimblett.

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Lightweight Luigi Vendramini (9-3 MMA)

Vendramini went 1-3 during his stint with the UFC. The Italian stallion had just suffered back-to-back defeats to Paddy Pimblett and Fares Ziam.

Ziam Lightweight Rates (12-4 MMA)

Ziam went 2-2 under the UFC banner. During that streak, he picked up wins over Jamie Mullarkey and Luigi Vendramini, while suffering losses to Don Madge and Terrance McKinney.

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