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Old 12-19-2013, 12:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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3 fighters removed from UFC roster, Sakara, Sotiropoulos, and Sexton

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Three fighters removed from UFC rosters

By Zane Simon  @TheZaneSimon on Dec 19 2013, 10:00a 48






It appears that three fighters have seen an end to their UFC contracts with their removal from the UFC.com lists of active fighters.


Disclaimer: Unless otherwise noted this information is based purely off the removal of fighter profiles from the UFC lists of active fighters. Information can and will be updated when available.

With the huge run on new signings lately it was all but inevitable that a few familiar faces would be on their way out as well. Now it would appear that the axe has fallen. Perhaps the biggest news, and already confirmed by MMAWeekly, is that Rosi Sexton has had her UFC contract terminated. Reports have it that she's considering neck surgery, but fortunately for her, living in a country with free health care somewhat renders moot the argument over whether or not the UFC will still be paying for it.

In more speculative news, it appears that George Sotiropoulos and Alessio Sakara are both on the outs as well. Sotiropoulos is not exactly a surprising cut as he's on a four fight losing streak, but still it's strange to think of him outside the UFC where he's fought 11 times over the past six years. I personally felt that his fight against KJ Noons was pretty close, but that says more about KJ Noons than G-Sot at this point.

Alessio Sakara, however, comes as no surprise. His constant struggles to make weight put him on the IR with kidney problems last year and Nicholas Musoke's ability to move up from Welterweight on short notice and submit him in his UFC debut showed pretty clearly that Sakara really has no business fighting in the UFC any longer. Like Sotiropoulos his most recent loss was his fourth straight (although that includes a DQ to Patrick Cote) and, despite having fought in the UFC for nearly a decade, he's never shown any real improvement. Although his record is an incredibly mixed bag of performances as a fighter Sakara did manage to have 15 fights in the UFC over his eight years there. And I will say, It will be a little jarring to see the middleweight division without his name as well.

That's all for now, but we'll be sure to provide updates as we get them and I have no doubt that this is not the end of the UFC's roster trimming. So, stay tuned for more news and updates.
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Old 12-19-2013, 12:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Damn I'm gutted for Rosi Sexton, 115lb was her ideal weight category and I was always rooting for her, hope she is able to make a full recovery and fights her way back!
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Old 12-19-2013, 12:55 PM   #3 (permalink)
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For a change these cuts make sense. Rosi Sexton on the other hand just needs to go win a few more fights and I'm sure she'll be back. George needs to work a little harder since he lost his last 4 and being 36, I'd say his career is pretty much over.

Sucks George never went any further though. Since he joined the UFC he won 7 straight which is impressive and his win over Lauzon was his best win in my opinion. Then he simply faded.
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Old 12-19-2013, 01:02 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I kinda figured Sakara and G-Sot would be getting the cut, Sexton I already knew about 2 weeks ago so no shock to me.
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Old 12-19-2013, 02:07 PM   #6 (permalink)
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As bad it is for Sexton, I guess it's a good sign for the women's devision and shows that the UFC is positive about enough talent being out there to replace her.
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I'msad to see G-sot go always been a fan of his
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Not surprising bummer about Sakara who lost a bunch in a row, but most to really great fighters. Can't remember seeing him fight anywhere besides the UFC, but hope he does now so people can still watch him against non UFC talent.
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That is so weird. This morning I was thinking of various fights and Sakara came up. Then I thought he's pretty exciting, but surprised he's lasted this long cuz he's not the most durable and he's extremely inconsistent. Wonder why he hadn't gotten cut yet. Then bam...

Talk about de ja vu!

Soti...that's a surprise if you told me a few years ago that he'd get cut.
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Pity Sakara couldn't remain more active and keep the momentum going off of the Leites win.
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