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Shayna Baszler among host of fighters released by the UFC

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Only two of the Four Horsewoman remain in the UFC.

Shayna Baszler, the popular women's bantamweight fighter, was released by the organization this week, confirmed with UFC officials Tuesday. Talented flyweights Tim Elliott and Louis Gaudinot were also let go amid a flurry of cuts.

UFC Fighters Info first reported the news Monday on Twitter.

Baszler (15-10), a pioneer of women's MMA, went 0-2 in the UFC with a pair of TKO losses to Amanda Nunes and Bethe Correia. The latest loss, to Nunes, came in March in the first round. The former Strikeforce and Invicta FC veteran has been competing since 2003. "The Queen of Spades" has become known most recently for her friendship with Ronda Rousey as part of the Four Horsewomen group along with Rousey, Marina Shafir and Jessamyn Duke.

Baszler, 34, owns wins over Alexis Davis, Julie Kedzie and Roxanne Modafferi. She'll likely have suitors as a free agent, though she could also make the transition to pro wrestling as an avid fan of that medium. Baszler competed on The Ultimate Fighter 18 on Rousey's team.

Elliott (10-6-1) lost three in a row, but all to top talent: Zach Makovsky, Joseph Benavidez and Ali Bagautinov. Gaudinot (6-4, 1 NC), an Ultimate Fighter 14 alum, owns a win over John Lineker, but went 1-3 (1 NC) during his UFC run.

Dylan Andrews, Alptekin Ozkilic, Vik Grujic, Shane Howell, Rocky Lee, Tateki Matsuda and Alexander Torres were also let go by the UFC, per UFC Fighters Info, which tracks the UFC roster.

(h/t Bloody Elbow)

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