Back in February, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) unloaded more than a dozen mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters from its roster, including former welterweight number one contender Jon Fitch, light heavyweight Vladimir Matyushenko and lightweight Jacob Volkmann, among others.
And that was just the beginning.
UFC President Dana White said his bloated roster had about 100 fighters too many and "more blood would be spilled" in the coming weeks. The first ones to go, according to former title contender and FUEL TV analyst Kenny Florian, are "the guys who are boring."
Joining him is Antonio Carvalho, who was an even 2-2 (Garza was 3-3) before getting the boot. That must be a tough pill to swallow, when fighters like Leonard Garcia are 1-5 and still employed -- though White said the "Bad Boy's" future "doesn't look good."
Dan Hardy, who at one point lost four in a row, was in no danger of being cut because UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta "likes guys that WAR!!!" I'm sure training with the boss doesn't hurt, either. "The Outlaw" was eventually able to get himself back into the win column. Something Garza and Carvalho can do as well, just not inside the Octagon.
Other recent cuts include The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) "Smashes" runner-up Colin Fletcher, Clifford Starks and Philip de Fries. Cheick Kongo is no longer a ZUFFA employee, but that was apparently his doing, not theirs.