UFC President Dana White had announced at a post-fight press conference that up to 60 fighters could be released from the promotion this month. Ever since then, the story has been akin to another day, another fighter release for the UFC.
This time it is veteran lightweight Matt Wiman who has ended up on the UFC chopping block. ‘Handsom’ Wiman is coming off a devastating KO following a slam from Jordan Leavitt less than a week ago.
Wiman first made his debut in the UFC back in 2006 at UFC 60 – Hughes vs. Gracie. Although his debut started with a loss, Wiman would go on for an impressive 10-5 record over 15 fights. Some of his most notable wins have been against Mac Danzig, Cole Miller, Thiago Tavares, Justin Buchholz, and Isaac Vallie-Flagg.
‘Handsome’ Matt Wiman released by the UFC
The Oklahoma native went on a five-year hiatus with his last fight being a win over Isaac Vallie-Flagg in 2014. In June 2019, Wiman returned to face Luis Pena. At UFC Fight Night 154 – Moicano vs. The Korean Zombie, Pena secured a third-round TKO victory. ‘Handsom’ Matt Wiman would then lose a decision to Joe Solecki to close out the year.
Almost one year later, Wiman returned on the recent UFC on ESPN 19 – Hermansson vs. Vettori card. He faced Jordan Leavitt who earned his UFC contract on the Dana White’s Contender Series. Leavitt, unbeaten in his career, recorded his eighth straight win in a row with a powerful slam just 22 seconds into the fight.
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Walking out of the octagon after a devastating slam will be his final memory of the UFC. However, many more fighters are set to face the axe if White’s words are to be believed.
UFC cutting up to 60 fighters from its roster
Yoel Romero and Anderson Silva are two of the biggest names to be released so far by the promotion. Both fighters are however in their ’40s and maybe are perhaps their prime. The UFC has also cut Justin Ledet, Bevon Lewis, Cole Smith, and Collin Huckbody.
This is quite an unprecedented time for the company. The COVID-19 pandemic has hit every business and sport alike. The UFC has done admirably well to keep things running without laying off any of their employees. However, it looks like the UFC will trim its bloated roster before heading into 2021.
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