UFC Spring Cleaning: 4 Fighters Released From Roster

Published 03/30/2021, 11:28 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 06: (L-R) Tim Elliott punches Jordan Espinosa in their flyweight fight during the UFC 259 event at UFC APEX on March 06, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


The UFC has one of the deepest talent rosters in the world of MMA. While being the world leader in the sport helps, it is also because of an excellent pipeline of talent.

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UFC has developed multiple avenues to bring in fresh talents like Dana White’s Contender Series and the soon to be returning Ultimate Fighter.

Meanwhile, they also sign top talent from other promotions. Michael Chandler is the biggest recent acquisition, with the UFC also announcing the signing of Paddy Pimblett.

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As new talent comes in, older talent has to be released to make space. The UFC have been emptying their roster, with massive stars like Alistair Overeem and Junior Dos Santos leaving. But some more names have been let go.

Brok Weaver, Jordan Espinosa, Shana Dobson, and Vince Cachero have been let go. Weaver is a Lightweight fighter who lost his last two bouts. He has a promotional record of 2-2. Espinosa is a Flyweight who has lost 5 of his last 6.

Dobson is a women’s Flyweight fighter who has a promotional record of 2-4. Cachero is being let go with a 0-2 record, losing his last bout in February. Will these releases foreshadow more in the future?

UFC cleaning out their roster?

CHICAGO, IL – JUNE 09: UFC President Dana White looks on during the UFC 225: Whittaker v Romero 2 event at the United Center on June 9, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

Roster clean-ups are a regular part of the functioning in the UFC, but a fair amount of names have been let go of this year. Along with the ones we mentioned, fighters like Anthony Pettis and Yoel Romero have also recently parted ways with the promotion.

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However, the talent in the top rankings of the UFC is a fresh crop and the UFC is keeping that train going.

All these releases are of fighters coming off multiple losses. Espinosa was a valuable member of the Flyweight division, but it is hard to justify keeping someone who is 1-5 in his last 6. He last fought Tim Elliott.

Dobson is a former Performance of the Night winner. However, she has lost 2 consecutive fights after that which has led to this.

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Brok Weaver was someone people touted to be one with massive potential. However, his only UFC win was via DQ and he has tapped out two other times. Hopefully, this was the last of layoffs.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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