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MMA Transaction Wire: Feb 14-20

UFC releases Fitch & several others, Santos signs with Invicta, Bellator 92 prelim additions

Name Record Weight (Rank) Transaction Info (Date) Fight Card Opponent (Rank)
Cristiane Santos 10-1-0,1nc 145 (4) Signed by Invicta FC, Feb 15 IFC 5, Apr 5 Ediane Gomes (2)
Brandon Thatch 8-1-0 170 (78) Signed by Resurrection FA, Feb 15 RFA 7, Mar 22 Leandro Silva (139)
Leandro Silva 18-7-0 170 (139) Signed by Resurrection FA, Feb 15 RFA 7, Mar 22 Brandon Thatch
Jeremy Kimball 8-3-0 177 (80-MW) Signed by Resurrection FA, Feb 15 RFA 7, Mar 22 Chidi Njokuani (127-WW)
Leandro Veal 1-0-0 265 (NR) Signed by Resurrection FA, Feb 15 RFA 7, Mar 22 Carl Potsma (NR)
Joni Salovaara 12-5-0 145 (107) Signed by Cage Warriors UK, Feb 18 CWFC 53, Apr 13 Jim Alers (77)
Chris Scott 6-1-0 185 (192) Signed by Cage Warriors UK, Feb 18 CWFC 53, Apr 13 Mats Nilsson (86)
Brandon Halsey 2-0-0 205 (NR-I) Bellator prelim, Feb 19 BFC 92, Mar 7 Rocky Ramirez (NR)
Rocky Ramirez 4-3-1 205 (NR) Bellator prelim, Feb 19 BFC 92, Mar 7 Brandon Halsey
Shad Smith 12-16-2 145 (NR) Bellator prelim, Feb 19 BFC 92, Mar 7 Aaron Miller (143)
Maurice Jackson 3-2-0,3nc 265 (NR) Bellator prelim, Feb 19 BFC 92, Mar 7 Manny Lara (249)
Willie Parks 5-2-0 185 (289-WW) Bellator prelim, Feb 19 BFC 92, Mar 7 Keith Berry (NR)
Keith Berry 13-10-0 185 (NR) Bellator prelim, Feb 19 BFC 92, Mar 7 Willie Parks
Ricky Legere Jr. 15-4-0 170 (185) Bellator prelim, Feb 19 BFC 92, Mar 7 Sabah Homasi (NR)
Eric Uresk 7-5-0 145 (NR) Bellator prelim, Feb 19 BFC 92, Mar 7 Cleber Luciano (221)
Jon Fitch 24-5-1,1nc 170 (18) Released by UFC, Feb 20 TBD TBD
Vladimir Matyushenko 26-7-0 205 (33) Released by UFC, Feb 20 TBD TBD
Terry Etim 15-5-0 155 (436) Released by UFC, Feb 20 TBD TBD
Ulysses Gomez 9-4-0 125 (56) Released by UFC, Feb 20 TBD TBD
Josh Grispi 14-5-0 145 (228) Released by UFC, Feb 20 TBD TBD
Che Mills 15-6-0,1nc 170 (69) Released by UFC, Feb 20 TBD TBD
Jorge Santiago 25-11-0 170 (53) Released by UFC, Feb 20 TBD TBD
Paul Sass 13-2-0 155 (63) Released by UFC, Feb 20 TBD TBD
Motonobu Tezuka 19-6-4 135 (78) Released by UFC, Feb 20 TBD TBD
Jay Hieron 23-7-0 170 (28) Released by UFC, Feb 20 TBD TBD
C.J. Keith 8-2-0 155 (337) Released by UFC, Feb 20 TBD TBD
Wagner Prado 8-2-0,1nc 205 (217) Released by UFC, Feb 20 TBD TBD
Mike Russow 15-3-0,1nc 265 (35) Released by UFC, Feb 20 TBD TBD
Mike Stumpf 11-4-0 170 (NR) Released by UFC, Feb 20 TBD TBD
Simeon Thoresen 17-4-1 170 (308) Released by UFC, Feb 20 TBD TBD
Jacob Volkmann 15-4-0 155 (44) Released by UFC, Feb 20 TBD TBD

*All Rankings taken from Fight Matrix at time of writing. NR-I indicates Inactive fighter

UFC slashes roster
Much has been said about the recent cuts the UFC made, including the surprising release of Jon Fitch and several top 75 fighters. White has said this is a big spring cleaning year and I imagine most will come from the 155 and 170 classes which make up the bulk of the UFC's roster. The second tier promotions are about to get a bit more interesting as indicated by WSOF's Ray Sefo revealing that they are close to a deal with Fitch already.

The teleprompter is your friend The Ortiz/Cyborg press conference was a train wreck of WarGodz proportions. Ortiz blew a golden opportunity for Santos in requesting a release from Zuffa and then signing with Invicta, the very same promotion that he had previously complained about when Zuffa said they would get Santos fights while they worked on developing women's MMA in the UFC. Not only did he not act in good faith for his client, he had her jump on a scale in front of media to prove his asinine point that dropping to 135 was 'impossible'. Tito, use a teleprompter for goodness sake.

Regional Results

Harris Sarmiento: 36-24-0(346-LW) def Isaiah Ordiz: 2-1-0(NR) by kimura (R1) at PXC 35, Philippines – Feb 16
Andreas Kraniotakes: 15-6-1(97-HW) draw Bjoern Schmiedeberg: 9-3-1(100) at GMC 3, Herne, Germany – Feb 16
Kiyotaka Shimizu: 13-7-3(19-FLY) def Fumihiro Kitahara: 11-4-1(86) by MajD(3) at Shooto Gig Tokyo 13, Tokyo, Japan – Feb 16

DEEP 61 Impact, Tokyo, Japan – Feb 16
Kazunori Yokota: 17-5-3 (51-FW) def Shoji Maruyama: 12-7-1 (211) by UD (3)
Kazuhiro Nakamura: 17-11-0 (63-MW) vs Young Choi: 16-9-2 (201) by UD (3)
Daiki Hata: 15-9-7 (40-BW) def Toshiaki Kitada: 14-6-4 (92) by UD (3)
Doo Ho Choi: 10-1-0 (31-FW) def Tatsunao Nagakura: 7-4-0 (393) by TKO corner stoppage(R2)
Masakazu Imanari: 27-11-2 (35-BW) def Kenichi Ito: 10-10-8 (207) by UD (2)
Yuya Shirai: 23-12-1 (103-WW) def Yuki Okano: 5-5-0 (488) by UD (2)

Please check out past issues

MMA Transaction Wire: February 11 - 14

MMA Transaction Wire: February 5 - 11

MMA Transaction Wire: February 1 - 5

MMA Transaction Wire: January 23-Feb 1

MMA Transaction Wire: January 18-23

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