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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting
Former "The Ultimate Fighter" finalist Mike Ricci is officially a free agent.

The UFC decided to release the 155-pound Montreal-native after his split-decision loss to Myles Jury last weekend in Toronto, Yahoo Sports confirmed with the promotion. The UFC 165 loss dropped Ricci's record inside the Octagon to 1-2.

Ricci (8-4), 27, made it to the finals of the sixteenth season of TUF before losing to Colton Smith via unanimous decision in December. He picked up his first UFC win in March when he defeated Colin Fletcher by unanimous decision at UFC 158 in his hometown of Montreal.

On TUF 16, Ricci, who trains out of the Tristar Gym, won $25,000 for his "knockout of the season" of Neil Magny in the show's semi-finals.