Thomas Gifford is no longer under contract with the UFC, the lightweight fighter announced on his social media.
“The Young Lion” entered the Octagon on Oct. 12 looking for his first win against short-notice replacement Mike Davis, but was dominated before losing via third-round knockout. Gifford, who was on a seven-fight unbeaten streak before joining the company in 2019, went 0-2 under the UFC banner after dropping a decision to Roosevelt Roberts in his debut.
In a lengthy post on social media, Gifford looked at the situation with a good and a bad side.
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I started at the lowest of lows. Just a 13 year old kid being bullied in high school. Joined a boxing gym to learn how to fight, but little did I know how I would fall in love with fighting in the way that I have. I set out a goal to be a pro fighter I wanted to be on tv one day. So my father said, “Put God first in everything you do and you can do it.” I followed his foot steps like I was taught. I accomplished what I set out to do. SPREAD GODS WORD ON THE BIGGEST MMA PLATFORM. I grew up to the man that I am today because of him keeping me on the right path with God’s word..............the point of this long story is because I have been released from the UFC Now there’s good news and bad. . Good news first —I have been set up with the best gym in the world, Factory X, with a legendary coach, Marc Montoya, and with Jason House, the best management team in the world, Team Iridium. . I will be back in the regional scene with a sponsorship banner, so get with me on sponsorships........which leads me to bad news — Now that I won’t be making the big pay check, I will be back to working and saving up for my training camps back in Colorado. . GOD’S PLAN NOT MINE ♂️