UFC Releases Barao and Carmouche

The UFC has recently made two notable cuts, as former UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barao and former two-time title challenger Liz Carmouche have been released by the promotion.

After losing his professional MMA debut, Barao went unbeaten for just over nine years, going on to claim the interim UFC bantamweight title before being promoted to full-time champion nearly 18 months later after injuries to Dominick Cruz.

Things took a downward spiral for Barao after he was upset for the title by TJ Dillashaw at UFC 173 and had to pull out of their initially planned rematch at UFC 177 due to a bad weight cut. Barao most recently competed at UFC Sao Paulo just a few weeks ago, losing to Douglas Silva de Andrade. This marked Barao’s fifth straight loss and eighth loss in 10 fights.

Carmouche went 5-5 in her time with the UFC, last competing at UFC Uruguay in August, losing a highly-panned women’s flyweight title fight with Valentina Shevchenko. Carmouche also competed in the first female UFC fight at UFC 157, losing to then-women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.

To add insult to injury, Carmouche reportedly found out about her release while doing promotional work for the UFC.

Original Story: MMA Mania

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