UFC Cuts Five Fighters From Roster
The UFC has released five fighters from its roster per MMA Fighting, the story was first reported by Combate.
Takanori Gomi, Hacran Dias, Henrique da Silva, Adriano Martins and Carlos Felipe are no longer with the company, as the UFC begins to head towards 2018.
Gomi (35-14, 1 no-contest) lost his last five UFC bouts by first-round stoppage, and hasn’t won a bout since April 2014. The Japanese star and former PRIDE champion only won four of 13 fights since joining the UFC in 2010.
Dias (23-6-1) signed with the UFC in 2012 after winning 20 of 22 MMA fights, but racked up a 3-5 record inside the Octagon. The Nova Uniao fighter lost three straight since April 2016, losing decisions to Cub Swanson, Andre Fili and Jared Gordon.
da Silva (12-4) had a good start in the UFC in 2016, finishing Jonathan Wilson and Joachim Christensen, but went on to lose four in a row since, capped off by a first-round knockout to promotional newcomer Gokhan Saki in September.
Martins (28-9) had a positive record in the company after winning four of seven bouts, including three post-fight bonuses, but was released from his contract following back-to-back defeats to Leonardo Santos and Kajan Johnson.
Felipe (8-0) was cut from his contract even before he stepped a foot inside the cage. The heavyweight was issued a two-year suspension after failing an out-of-competition drug test ahead of planned bout with Christian Colombo at UFC Sao Paulo. Felipe’s manager told MMA Fighting that he will not compete for other promotions during the suspension.