The chopping block has been busy this week for the Ultimate Fighting Championships.
With news that welterweight grappler Charlie Brenneman had received his walking papers following consecutive stoppage losses in the promotion, four more fighters were handed their pink slips today. Word of the releases came by way of MMA Opinion.
As well as the earlier news of the UFC cutting Charlie Brenneman - The UFC have also cut:
Eiji Mitsuoka, Michihiro Omigawa, Tommy Hayden, & Walel Watson
Mitsuoka went 0-2 in the promotion, losing via second round TKO to Takanori Gomi in his debut and then getting handled by Nik Lentz after dropping back down to his more natural featherweight in his last bout. Hayden met a similar path, losing both of his Octagon appearances via first round submission to Fabricio Camoes and Dennis Bermudez respectively.
Watson got off to a terrific start in the UFC, knocking out Joseph Sandoval in just 1:17 but a trio of consecutive losses to Yves Jabouin, T.J. Dillashaw and most recently Mitch Gagnon sealed his fate.
Perhaps the most surprising release was Japanese featherweight star Michihiro Omigawa who, despite a 1-4 record in his current stint with the UFC (and was 0-2 in a prior stint at lightweight) was highly competitive in all of his bouts, even getting paid his win bonus by Dana White following a controversial loss to Darren Elkins back at UFC 131. He most recently lost a unanimous decision to Manny Gamburyan at UFC on Fox 4 in a bout where he had the Armenian hurt but couldn't put him away.
So what's your take on this string of releases, Maniacs?
Did anyone get unfairly let go? Or did they seal their fates with recent performances?