Sheila Gaff first-ever woman released by UFC following back-to-back losses


Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) recently released women's bantamweight competitor Sheila Gaff (10-6) less than two weeks after her second consecutive loss, a first round technical knockout defeat to Amanda Nunes at UFC 163 in Brazil.

Gaff signed her four-fight ZUFFA contract in March after three impressive wins at flyweight on the independent circuit.

The 135-pound "German Tank" made her Octagon debut at UFC 159 in April 2013; however, her first appearance didn't go as planned against Olympic wrestler Sara McMann, who scored a lopsided technical knockout win.

International mixed martial arts (MMA) media outlet first broke the news, which also included comments from Gaff on her brief UFC run:

"Disappointments and defeats happen to all athletes in this career, but I will go on. Most of all I am sorry that I could not show my fans what I can really do. In the last two weeks, my love and uplifting words many of my fans have helped."

At just 23 years old and with budding female-only organizations doing well, Gaff is sure to find a new home soon where she can likely return to her winning ways. How exactly it will now "go on" for her, whether it's a potential move to Invicta FC or back to 125 pounds (or both), is still unclear at the moment.

Perhaps the silver lining about being a footnote in UFC history as the first-ever female fighter to be released from the promotion, is that she can be the first-ever female fighter to win her way back into the Octagon.

Time will tell.

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.


You must be a member of to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at You should read them.


You must be a member of to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.