UFC Cuts Thomas Almeida and Three Other Fighters From Roster

Published 10/02/2021, 8:33 PM EDT


As the UFC continues to sign more fighters each and every week, they need to balance the books and part ways with some other equally skilled fighters. That being said, the UFC has recently made some more cuts to their ever-expanding roster.

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The latest series of cuts included bantamweight fighter Thomas Almeida, flyweight Sarah Alpar, light heavyweight Mike Rodriguez, and middleweight Antonio Arroyo.

Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting broke out the news on his Twitter account. He wrote, Thomas Almeida, Sara Alpar, Mike Rodriguez, and Antonio Arroyo are no longer on the UFC roster, sources told myself and Mike Heck.”

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Sarah Alpar lost both of her bouts after her Dana White’s Contender Series victory. Meanwhile, Rodriguez lost his last three fights in a row. In Arroyo’s case, he went 0-3 after securing his UFC contract on Dana White’s Contender Series. He suffered a brutal KO loss to Joaquin Buckley in 2021.

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However, the Brazilian fighter, Almeida, was one of the bright prospects of the promotion. Hence, his release was rather surprising.

Thomas Almeida: Brief UFC Journey

Thomas Almeida has an impressive 22-5 professional fighting record with seventeen wins via knockout and four via submission.

He was on an amazing seventeen-fight win streak before he made his debut in the UFC. The Brazilian fighter showed the same dominance in the UFC as he won his first four fights in the octagon.

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‘Thominhas’ faced his first UFC loss via knockout against Cody Garbrandt in 2016. However, he jumped back into the win column with a stunning knockout win over Albert Morales.

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Unfortunately, Almeida couldn’t build on that as he lost his next four matches. In what turned out to be his final UFC match, he faced a devastating knockout loss in the third round against Sean O’Malley at UFC 260.

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What are your thoughts on the short notice termination of the UFC fighters? What do you make of Thomas Almeida’s UFC career? Let us know in the comments below.

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Afnan Chougle

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Afnan Chougle is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. Besides writing, this Media graduate is an integral part of the digital web stories team for combat sports. Before joining EssentiallySports, Afnan gained valuable experience as an intern at Jiostudios Production House.

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