Multiple sources report that the UFC brass has issued a latest batch of pink slips: The most high-profile castoff of the bunch is none other than the former top 10 middleweight, Denis Kang.
Kang recorded a remarkable 23-fight undefeated streak from 2003 to 2006 in such organizations as Pride FC and Spirit MC. Since then, he has dropped five of nine fights to opponents such as Kazuo Misaki, Yoshihiro Akiyama, and Gegard Mousasi.
As one of the most prized acquisitions by UFC this year, he has not lived up to the lofty hype: His UFC record stands at 1-2, with a decison win over Xavier Foupa-Pokam sandwiched between dispiring losses to Alan Belcher in his promotional debut and to Michael Bisping at UFC 105.
He is reportedly in talks with several promotions in the US and abroad. As devastating a cut from UFC roster may be for Kang, he has numerous options, such as following Dan Henderson to Strikeforce or going back to Japan where he made his name as one of the premier welterweights in Pride FC.
The former WEC welterweight, Brock Larson, also received his walking paper after going 2-2 in his second UFC stint. After recording wins over Jesse Sanders and Mike Pyle, the Minnesota Martial Arts Academy fighter suffered back-to-back losses for the first time in his career to relative unknowns, Mike Pierce and Brian Foster.
Given his overall record of 26-4 and stature in the welterweight division, the third run in UFC could very well be on horizon for Larson if he manages to string together several victories elsewhere.
Not too surprisingly, TUF alums, Roli Delgado and Jason Dent rounded out the purge. Delgado, a TUF 8 alum, has gone 1-2 in the Octagon since his stint in TUF. On the other hand, Dent has gone 1-1 since starring in TUF 9 and also has two losses in the Octagon prior to the TUF stint.