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Spring Cleaning: Middleweight David Terrell released by the UFC

One-time UFC middleweight title contender David Terrell has been released by the UFC, according to

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"David Terrell has been officially released from his UFC contract...Plagued by injuries and unhappy with the financial terms of his bout agreements, Terrell sat out the remainder of his contract. Now focused on getting his career back on track, Terrell will be looking to signing and fighting with another organization."

Terrell burst onto the scene in his UFC debut in 2004, knocking out Matt Lindland just 24 seconds into their bout at UFC 49. The upset earned him a shot at the middleweight title, which was vacated by Murilo Bustamante.

He lost that championship bout to Evan Tanner via technical knockout at UFC 51 in 2005.

Terrell — a jiu-jitsu student of Cesar Gracie — would fight just one more time after the loss to Tanner, submitting Scott Smith with a rear naked choke at UFC 59 in 2006.

He was scheduled to fight Ed "Short Fuse" Herman at UFC 78 in November 2007, but had to pull out of that bout with torn tendons. It marked the fourth time in his UFC career that he had to withdraw from a fight.

Terrell was replaced by MMA veteran Joe Doerksen, who was knocked out by Herman in round three of their middleweight contest.

"The Soul Assassin" has some sick ground skills and obviously some power in his hands as evidenced with his destruction of one of the top middleweights in the world, Matt Lindland.

However, with Anderson Silva, Dan Henderson, Rich Franklin and all of the other superb fighters gunning for the 185-pound title, it seems like the opportunity for greatness may have already passed him by.

At just thirty years old, Terrell still has plenty of time (and plenty of organizations) to get himself back on the map. We wish him good luck - and good health - wherever his career ends up.

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