UFC Drops 5 More Fighters Permanently From Roster

Published 02/05/2021, 9:46 AM EST
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: (L-R) Brad Tavares punches Antonio Carlos Junior of Brazil in a middleweight fight during the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


The UFC has been ruthless from the end of last year in terms of getting rid of fighters in a quest to size up their bloated rosters. Legends like Anderson Silva, Yoel Romero, and more had to bid goodbye to the most premier MMA organization of the world. Now, the promotion has parted ways with five more fighters, with some notable names making the list.

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Antonio Carlos Junior, Sarah Moras, Rhys McKee, Carlton Minus, and Anthony Ivy have all been dropped from the roster. Middleweight Antonio Carlos Junior hadn’t won in the UFC since 2018. He has lost back-to-back fights to Ian Heinisch, Uriah Hall, and Brad Tavares. The loss to Tavares at UFC 257 came as the final nail in the coffin of his UFC career.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 14: (R-L) Alex Morono punches Rhys McKee of Northern Ireland in a welterweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on November 14, 2020, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Three welterweights, McKee, Ivy, and Minus have all been subtracted from the roster. The former Cage Warriors fighter McKee lost two back-to-back fights in 2020 to Khamzat Chimaev and Alex Morono. Minus never added to his win column in his UFC career, losing two back-to-back bouts via decision, with the latest being in December.

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‘Aquaman’ Anthony Ivy too will leave the UFC without getting his hand raised. A September loss to perennial contender Bryan Barberena was his final act for the promotion.

Bantamweight fighter ‘Cheesecake’ Sarah Moras leaves the promotion after almost seven years with the company. Her 9-fight long UFC career saw her win only three times. The Invicta FC and Cage Warriors fighter certainly didn’t live up to expectations.

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The UFC announced that 60 fighters will get cut

In 2020, UFC President Dana White indicated that there will be major shake-ups to the roster and as many as 20 fighters might get dropped. “We’re going to go through some serious cuts at the end of the year. About 60 cuts coming up before the first of the year.” he said, ” Our roster is very inflated right now, so we’re going to have some big cuts happening before the end of the year. Lots of names going in the next several weeks.”

LAS VEGAS, NV – OCTOBER 07: Dana White speaks to the media during the UFC 229 post-fight press conference at T-Mobile Arena on October 7, 2018, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

It remains to be seen who else faces the same fortune in the next few months. But the president has certainly stayed true to his words.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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