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Report: UFC cuts 14 fighters, ends 'prison sentence' for relieved light heavyweight

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has been doing a little housekeeping this week, cleaning out its roster of whatever talent it no longer considers to be essential personnel. Among those names is a former Shooto and Sengoku champion, as well as an ex-MFC light heavyweight titleholder.


Lisa Ellis
Jessica Rakoczy
Zhang Lipeng
Luiz Dutra
Josh Sampo
Justin Edwards
Hatsu Hioki
Ryan Jimmo
Robbie Peralta
Wendell Oliveira
Nolan Ticman
Dhiego Lima
Andrew Todhunter
Bentley Syler

It doesn't sound like Jimmo, who went 3-4 after signing with UFC back in 2012, will be crying himself to sleep.

"Joe Silva personally called me," Jimmo told fans on Twitter. "I can't tell you how happy I am to be out of that prison sentence. I don't want to question it too much, I'm just happy I've been released. Just in time before that goofy Reebok deal goes into place."

"Big Deal" also said there is "a very strong possibility" he will be contacting Bellator boss Scott Coker.

Any of the above names surprise you?


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