Before the UFC became the juggernaut that it is today, it was simply a fledgling promotion that was bleeding money and on its deathbed. That is until Zuffa came into the picture and saved the sport as we know it. Read the story of how one family saved the world's largest fight promotion over at MMANation.com.
Chan Sung Jung will be training with Urijah Faber for the next month (pic). Can "The Korean Zombie" get his first win under the Zuffa umbrella with the help of Team Alpha Male? Or is he the one getting "The California Kid" ready for Eddie Wineland at UFC 128?
After suffering a knockout loss to Mike Pierce (12-3) in his Octagon debut at UFC 126, welterweight Kenny Robertson (10-1) has been released by Zuffa, according to FiveOuncesofPain.com.
Following his unanimous decision loss to Waylon Lowe (10-3) at UFC Fight Night 23: "Fight for the Troops 2" on Jan. 22, former Shooto Champion Willamy Freire (17-4) has been released from his Zuffa contract, according to Tatame.
Welterweight prospect Greg Soto (8-2), who most recently lost to Daniel Roberts(12-1) at UFC 125 on Jan. 1, has been released from his Zuffa contract, according to MMADieHards.com. The Kurt Pellegrino protege went 1-2 in his short stint with the UFC.
Following a unanimous decision loss to Charlie Brennamen (12-2) at UFC Fight Night 23: "Fight for the Troops 2" on Jan. 22, Amilcar Alves (11-3) has been released by Zuffa, according to TheGarv.com. The Brazilain judo specialist went 11-1 before entering the UFC where he lost his only two fights.
Undefeated welterweight Dong Hyun Kim, fresh on the heels of a unanimous decision win over Nate Diaz at UFC 125, has signed a four-fight extension with Zuffa, according to The Korea Times.
Despite coming off a loss to Jim Miller at the "St. Pierre vs Koscheck" event last December, UFC lightweight Charles Oliveira has signed a four fight extension with Zuffa, according to the Houston MMA Examiner. The dynamic young fighter commented on the new deal: "I am very happy about the extension. They have been cutting so many 155 pounders, I am very blessed to have a job for 2011." With a new deal in place, who should "do Bronx" take on now after suffering his first career loss?
Looks like "Mandingo" was handed his walking papers, as Antonio McKee (25-4-2) has been released by Zuffa following a split decision loss to Jacob Volkmann (12-2) in his Octagon debut at UFC 125 on Jan.1, according to FiveOuncesofPain.com.
After a submission loss to Shane Roller (9-3) at WEC 53, which drove his record to 0-3-1 in his last four fights, former 155-pound WEC champion Jamie Varner (16-5-2) has been released by Zuffa, according to Punch Drunk Gamer.