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Longtime Welterweight and Lightweight athlete Anthony Rocco Martin is no longer a member of the UFC roster per MMAJunkie. Martin was last seen competing in June at UFC 250 opposite Neil Magny, coughing up a close decision to the veteran clinch fighter. Though that bout is well over half a year ago, it is only now that UFC and Martin have opted to go their separate ways.

“I am excited for what the future holds,” Martin told MMAJunkie in a written statement. “I’m ranked 22 on Tapology. I feel like I am entering my prime and can’t wait for a new home. I want to find a place that I can compete to be a world champion and push to be the best in the world.”

Martin joined the UFC roster in 2014, diving into the deep end of Lightweight competition with losses to Rashid Magomedov and Beneil Dariush. He would find success at 155-pounds, but Martin’s best work came after returning to Welterweight, where a four-fight win streak saw him briefly score a spot in the rankings and challenge Demian Maia.

Though he’s recently lost two of three, Martin remained a rather high-level Welterweight. Is he simply a victim in the latest roster purge, or is Martin opting to gun for a million dollar payday in Professional Fighter’s League (PFL)?

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