UFC Lets Go of 6 More Fighters from the Fighter Pool

Published 05/07/2021, 2:19 PM EDT


In the latest rankings, UFC has released 6 more fighters from the fighters’ pool. Ever since the culmination of UFC 261, many fighters have seen their names getting axed from the rankings while some of them also saw their hard work getting paid off in the form of a jump in rankings. Recent rankings have been updated following UFC Vegas 25 on May 1st.

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In a tweet, Aaron Bronsteter mentioned the names of the fighters who were axed from the rankings in the latest update. Those fighters are Luke Sanders, Anthony Birchak, Aalon Cruz, Jordan Griffin, Bartosz Fabinski, and KB Bhullar.

Why did UFC axe them from rankings?

Sanders fought Felipe Colares in a featherweight bout on May 1st, he lost the fight via unanimous decision. Prior to that, he had lost against Nathan Mannes last year via submission.

 

Birchak has been unimpressive since his return to UFC in 2020. He had faced Gustavo Lopez in that match and lost via submission. His recent match was on April 17th, 2021, and he lost that match against Tony Gravely.

Aalon Cruz put up a torrid show in his last two fights. He lost both the matches via TKO in the 1st round itself. He fought Uros Medic and Spike Carlyle, respectively.

Griffin too, just like others, lost both his previous matches. His recent loss came at the hands of Luis Saldana in April last month. He had previously lost against Youssef Zalal last year. Both his losses came via unanimous decision.

Fabinski fought Gerald Meerschaert and Andre Muniz before that. He lost both the matches via submission.

‘The Bengal’ Bhullar was released from rankings after losing his match against Andreas Michailidis on May 1st via a unanimous decision. He had previously lost to Tom Breese via TKO last year. Prior to his UFC debut, he had remained undefeated.

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Jiri Prochazka gains big

After his dominating show in the main event of UFC Vegas 25, where he demolished Dominick Reyes with a thunderous spinning back elbow, Prochazka saw his ranking jump to Top-2.

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In a brief UFC career of two matches, ‘Denisa’ has impressed one and all. He is set to face the winner of Jan Blachowicz and Glover Teixeira and will fight for the light heavyweight title. Apart from Prochazka, Sean Strickland and Giga Chikadze were other gainers.

With the upcoming UFC 262 event on May 15th, the rankings are set for a spin. Many fighters will look to secure their places in the rankings by scoring a win.

What did you make of the latest rankings?

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Akshyay Srichandan Mahapatra

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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