In what may very well be the shortest stay in UFC after winning the promotion's reality television competition The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 19 in July 2014, Middleweight winner Eddie Gordon has been released.
"Truck" announced the disappointing news on Facebook while hinting a return as a Welterweight:
Just got news from the @ufc I will be released just want to thank my friends family fans @danawhite and everyone at Ufc...Posted by Eddie Gordon on Friday, October 16, 2015
Gordon, 7-4, appeared on what was arguably the weakest season in TUF history, winning all three of his appearances via decision against Matt Gabel, Mike King and Cathal Pendred.
He followed up in the Finale with a devastating knockout in the very first round over Dhiego Lima on July 6, 2014, earning him the six-figure contract with UFC.
Unfortunately for Gordon, the next three fights went poorly for him. He suffered a highlight-reel headkick knockout loss to Josh Samman last December, dropped a split decision to Chris Dempsey in April of this year, and then in June was submitted in the third round by Antonio Carlos Junior.
Although Gordon vowed to return to prime time, it should be noted the fighter turned 32 in July.