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Travis Lutter released from UFC contract

Travis Lutter, the middleweight winner of "The Ultimate Fighter" season four, has been let go by the UFC.

Lutter received the news six days after his loss in Montreal to former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin.

"Friday afternoon I was told by my manager that UFC matchmaker Joe Silva had left him a message on his phone that I had been released from my UFC contract because of my 2 losses in a row," Lutter wrote on his myspace blog.

Lutter debuted for the company in Oct. 2004 with a knockout victory over Marvin Eastman, but dropped his next two Octagon fights against Matt Lindland and Travis Langley. In 2006, Lutter was given an opportunity for a "comeback" when he was selected as a cast member on "The Ultimate Fighter 4." He made the most of it and ended up defeating Patrick Cote in the Finale to earn a title shot against Anderson Silva.

However, his next two UFC bouts would turn out disastrous. Lutter failed to make weight against Silva at UFC 67, and stumbled again when he gassed after one round against Franklin at UFC 83.

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