UFC News: Phil Hawes Earns Fans’ Support After Dana White Cuts Him From His Promotion- “Hope He Goes to the PFL”

Published 02/06/2024, 1:01 PM EST

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Phil Hawes’s journey with the UFC has finally ended after being removed from the roster. The 35-year-old recently suffered a torrid run after losing three back-to-back fights. His last fight came at UFC Fight Night: Ankalaev vs. Walker 2 against Bruno Ferreira, which he lost via knockout in the first round.

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Hawes made his UFC debut at UFC 254: Khabib vs. Gaethje against Jacob Malkoun. “No Hype” had a dream start to his career in the UFC after he won the fight via knockout in the first round. Hawes managed to win his next two fights against Nassourdine Imavov and Kyle Daukaus, thus looking strong in the middleweight division.

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His first loss in the UFC was against Chris Curtis at UFC 268. Since then, the 35-year-old has managed to win just one fight and lose three consecutive fights via knockout in the UFC.

UFC Roster Tracker shared the news on their X (formerly Twitter) account. Upon knowing the news, the fans had a lot to say about him and had quite a few heartfelt wishes for his future.

Phil Hawes receives mixed reactions on X after getting dropped by the UFC

The fans, after getting the news, have shared their opinion on the whole. Let us take a look at some comments below.

One user seemed very concerned about the fighter and commented about him finding “a new career.”

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Another user advised him to go to the PFL :

Another user felt that this might be the correct decision for him:

One user seemed devastated and commented:

Another user seemed shocked by the whole thing and commented:

Another user seemed a bit critical about the 35-year-old and commented:

The 35-year-old received criticism from one more user

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UFC CEO Dana White has always been vocal about the MMA not being a career but rather an opportunity. While some may feel that the statement might be true, there have been instances in the past as well where fighters have been removed. And Hawes was not the only recent UFC exit that got a reaction from fans.

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Malcolm Gordon, a flyweight fighter from Canada, has also been removed from the UFC. The 33-year-old became a part of the UFC in 2020 but failed to live up to his potential. He featured in a total of seven fights, but managed to win just two of them. His last three fights ended up in a knockout loss and that too not against formidable opponents. His last fight featured at UFC 297 where he took on Jimmy Flick and lost the battle via submission.

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Anirban Chatterjee

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I am Anirban, an MMA enthusiast with the opportunity to combine my fascination for the sport with my professional adventures as a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Apart from being a professional athlete, MMA and Soccer are sports that I have always enjoyed following. I am a huge fan of ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor, and Israel Adesanya.
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