It looks like it's going to be a long weekend for those on the fringes of the UFC roster. Less than a day after the UFC cut ties with former TUF 19 winner Eddie Gordon, five additional fighters announced their release from the promotion: Marcus Brimage, Chris Clements, Christos Giagos, Matt Van Buren, and Roger Narvaez.
Brimage (4-4 UFC) is likely the most recognizable name on the list.
The former featherweight debuted in the UFC in 2011 following an unsuccessful run on TUF 14. He competed eight times inside the Octagon, but despite finding some early success, he faltered after losing to Conor McGregor and dropping down to the bantamweight. Brimage exits the UFC having lost four of his last five contests.
Likewise, welterweight veteran Clements (2-2, 1 NC UFC) leaves having won only one out of his final four UFC appearances.
The 39-year-old debuted in 2012 with a victory over Keith Wisniewski, but struggled afterward, losing to both Stephen Thompson and Nordine Taleb. An additional loss to Matt Riddle was overturned into a no contest due to Riddle testing positive for marijuana.
Rounding out the cuts are lightweight Giagos (1-2 UFC) and middleweight Narvaez (1-2 UFC), both of whom sandwiched a win between recents stumbles and their UFC debuts, as well as Van Buren (0-2), a light heavyweight who lost to Gordon in the TUF 19 finals.
Apparently I just got released from @ufc. It was my goal to compete there and I did it!— Chris Clements (@menaceclements) October 17, 2015
Got my pink slip today, I was a pleasure working for @UFC, don't worry I'll be back!!!— Marcus Brimage (@Brim205) October 17, 2015
(1/2) I was scheduled to fight in UFC in August. I had an injury that forced me to pull out. I was offered a fight Jan. 2 against my team— Matt Van Buren (@GutterMMA) October 16, 2015
(2/2) mate. Coach asked me to turn it down, so I did. Just got released from UFC after @danawhite said they wanted me back. I don't get it— Matt Van Buren (@GutterMMA) October 16, 2015