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Old 11-19-2008, 06:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Marcus Aurelio released from the UFC

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FiveOuncesOfPain.com has learned that lightweight competitor Marcus Aurelio is the latest fighter to depart the UFC.
The American Top Team member was released from his contract with the promotion soon after his unanimous decision loss Hermes Franca last month at UFC 90.
The Franca bout marked Aurelio’s second consecutive loss on the heels of his unanimous decision defeat to Tyson Griffin this past July at UFC 86.
Aurelio signed with the UFC in 2007 after having earned a reputation as one of the top lightweight fighters in the world while competing for PRIDE Bushido in Japan. During his PRIDE tenure, Aurelio recorded the most notable victory of his career at PRIDE Bushido 10 when he submitted Takanori Gomi at 4:34 of round 1 courtesy of a arm triangle choke.
While he entered the UFC amidst high expectations, Aurelio failed to gain traction after losing his Octagon debut at UFC 74 when he dropped a split decision to Clay Guida. He rebounded with consecutive victories against Luke Caudillo at UFC 78 and against Ryan Roberts at UFC Fight Night 13 but his career record in the UFC fell to 2-3 after the losses to Griffin and Franca.
Aurelio joins a list of high-profile fighters such as Fabricio Werdum, Paulo Filho, and Jason Lambert that have been released from their contracts with Zuffa.
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Old 11-19-2008, 06:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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This doesn't surprise me. Other than the twirling armbar, Aurelio has looked totally uninspired. Ah well, he will probably go back to Japan. Aoki vs Aurelio would be interesting.
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Old 11-19-2008, 07:04 PM   #3 (permalink)
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aurelio is a prime example of how good ufc lw's are....you've got a guy whose sub'd gomi taking on mid-low tier ufc lw's like guida and losing...

damn i like aurelio too....meh
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Old 11-19-2008, 07:22 PM   #4 (permalink)
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See I dont understand this. Aurelio isnt elite level but he is a very good LW so why cut him? Move him to WEC!! They need a good stable of fighters there as well. Dumb to just let him walk imo
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Old 11-19-2008, 07:44 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Move him to WEC? That's a really good idea, I wonder why they don't do that more often when they release fighters.
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I was surprised at first, but then after thinking about it it makes sense. Oh well, I liked watching the guy fight.
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Old 11-19-2008, 08:31 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I like Aurelio a lot but the guy just didn't have the wrestling or striking to compete with UFC LW's.

Now in Japan he might do better but idk because Kawajiri, JZ, and Alvarez are all wrestlers with better stand up then him.
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Aurelio is the main reason why I lost alot of respect for the LW fighters in Japan that get all this hype. Aurelio came in the UFC a top 10 fighter and left a top 25 fighter. Guys like JZ, and Alvarez got all the tools. But I think Gomi, Aoki, and Hansen would get exposed.
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Aurelio is the main reason why I lost alot of respect for the LW fighters in Japan that get all this hype. Aurelio came in the UFC a top 10 fighter and left a top 25 fighter. Guys like JZ, and Alvarez got all the tools. But I think Gomi, Aoki, and Hansen would get exposed.
+1, i completly agree.
I think personally, it has to do with weight. All UFC LW fighters are rather huge compared to the LW in Dream.. Hansen, Aoki, even Gomi.. They dont have those large hips they give such balance and power.. Thats why they have trouble fighting them, they can get taken down so easily..

Even Alvarez, i really like that guy, but i think he has to prove he has something else than just pure aggression(that guy is just insane..)
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Aoki doesn't mind getting taken down, and he has fought at WW before, so it's not like he's this tiny LW.
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