First Emerson, Camoes and Blackburn. Now Oliveira, Veach and Al Turk:
LinkThree more fighters have received their UFC walking papers.
After Wednesday's confirmation that four other fighters have been released from the Las Vegas-based promotion, lightweights Rafaello Oliveira and Matt Veach and heavyweight Mostapha Al Turk have been added to the list.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) received word of the cuts today from sources close to the fighters.
Oliveira (10-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC), nicknamed "The Tractor," dropped a unanimous decision to the U.K.-based Andre Winner in his most recent performance at UFC Fight Night 21 in late March.
Oliveira, a Knoxville, Tenn. resident and native Brazilian, made his octagon debut this past September at UFC 103, where he lost a unanimous decision to Nik Lentz. He rebounded from the initial setback with a points victory over John Gunderson at UFC 108. However, it was a fight marked by lack of action and likely contributed to his release.
Veach (11-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) dropped his second consecutive octagon appearance this past Saturday at UFC 112 when he was submitted by U.K.-based fighter Paul Kelly.
As a member of the H.I.T. Squad centered in Granite City, Ill., Veach won his octagon debut against Matt Grice in exciting fashion and took a rapid step up in competition when he faced now-current 155-pound champion Frankie Edgar this past December at The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale. Edgar submitted him in the second round.
Al Turk (6-6 MMA, 0-3 UFC), meanwhile, fell short in three consecutive octagon appearances, most recently a decision loss to Jon Madsen this past Saturday at UFC 112.
The U.K.-based heavyweight survived a first UFC cut when his second octagon appearance at UFC 99 was marred by an inadvertent eye poke from Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic. The referee didn't see the foul, and it a TKO loss for Al Turk. He lost his octagon debut against Cheick Kongo at UFC 92.
As MMAjunkie.com reported on Wednesday, welterweight Jason High, lightweight Rob Emerson, welterweight Brad Blackburn and lightweight Fabricio Camoes also recently received their UFC terminations.