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Four fighters released from UFC roster, including Roosevelt Roberts

Roosevelt Roberts (pictured, red gloves) started his UFC career with a 4-1 run, but went winless in his past three
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Four fighters were let go by the UFC following recent defeats, promotion officials confirmed the news to MMA Fighting on Friday. The list includes Roosevelt Roberts, who shared the cage with names like Jim Miller and Alexander Yakovlev during a nine-fight run in the company.

Anderson dos Santos, Drako Rodriguez and Jamey Simmons were also cut from the company roster.

Roberts (10-3, 1 NC) signed with the company after finishing Garrett Gross on Dana White’s Contender Series in 2018 and opened his UFC career with four wins in five bouts. However, he went winless in his following three matches versus Miller, Kevin Croom and Ignacio Bahamondes.

Dos Santos (21-9), a veteran of the game from Brazil, dropped a couple of decisions to Nad Narimani and Andre Ewell before winning his first in the UFC via submission, tapping Martin Day in November 2020. “Berinja” lost by knockout to Miles Johns this past August, fracturing his leg during the match.

Bantamweights Rodriguez (7-3) and Simmons (7-4) leave the UFC without a single victory under the promotion’s banner. Rodriguez, a DWCS alum, lost to Aiemann Zahabi and Vince Morales this year, while Simmons suffered stoppage defeats to Giga Chikadze and Johnny Munoz Jr.

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