The UFC has trimmed its roster to open the month of May.
MMA Fighting confirmed with UFC officials that nine fighters are no longer signed to the promotion, including veterans Luke Sanders, Justine Kish, Anthony Birchak, Bartosz Fabinski, and Oskar Piechota, all of whom made at least six appearances for the promotion.
See the full list of releases below:
All the listed fighters are coming off two or more consecutive losses.
Sanders and Kish had the most UFC experience of the released fighters, with Sanders compiling a 3-5 record competing primarily in the promotion’s bantamweight division, and Kish a 3-4 record competing at 125 pounds.
The news of Piechota’s release comes in the same week that the middleweight was handed a USADA suspension that will last until July 2022.
Bhullar and Cruz were both winless in two UFC appearances, while Griffin was just 1-4 in his five UFC appearances.
Fabinski and Birchak both competed six times for the UFC, with Fabinski going 3-3 and Birchak going 2-4.
De Castro, a 2019 Contender Series veteran, went 1-3 in the UFC’s heavyweight division.
Alexander K. Lee contributed to this report.