Despite the fact America’s unemployment rates are still hovering around record-high levels, the UFC has a business to run and couldn’t help but contribute to the growing number of layoffs this past week.
On Wednesday, light heavyweight Eliot Marshall (Pictured) confirmed his release from the planet’s most prestigious MMA promotion via Twitter. The six-time Octagon veteran was victorious in each of his first three UFC outings, but was cut after dropping a split decision to Vladimir Matyushenko in his next bout.
After posting three straight wins outside the UFC, the Las Vegas-based company brought “The Ultimate Fighter 8” alum back. Unfortunately for Marshall, he lost to Luis Cane at UFC 128 in March and most recently to Brandon Vera at UFC 137.
It appears Danny Downes’ Holidays have also gotten off to a rough start. The lightweight announced his departure from the UFC on Friday morning.
“To those asking, Zuffa has ‘exercised its right in to accelerate the term of its promotional and other obligations.’ In other words I’m cut,” he tweeted. “I guess this means they won’t be giving me a Christmas present this year…”
Just in case you were wondering, the organization gave all of their fighters ‘beats by dr. dre’ headphones last December.
Downes was 1-1 in the WEC and dropped both of his big league scraps after transitioning over to the UFC.
Furthermore, the fighter profiles for Jason Brilz, Shamar Bailey, Clay Harvison, Paul Bradley, Matt Lucas and Edward Faaloloto have all been removed from UFC.com.