UFC trims 10 fighters, creating space for numerous budget-friendly DWCS prospects.

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UFC trims 10 fighters, creating space for numerous budget-friendly DWCS prospects.

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In a recent roster update, the UFC bid farewell to eight fighters this week, following two releases earlier in the past week. One of the significant names on this list is Canadian veteran John Makdessi, an esteemed presence in the UFC for an impressive 13 years, known for his exciting fights. Makdessi’s departure comes as a surprise, especially considering a recent controversial decision loss, where 12 out of 14 media members scored the fight in his favor. Before this disputed loss, Makdessi had secured victories in four of his last six fights.

Joining Makdessi in parting ways with the promotion are Jake Collier, Hannah Goldy, Shane Young, Tucker Lutz, Kamuela Kirk, AJ Fletcher, Andre Fialho, Carl Deaton, and JP Buys. The information comes from the UFC Roster Tracker, an algorithm that meticulously follows the UFC roster’s dynamics. It’s important to note that not every fighter listed was technically released; some saw their contracts expire, with the UFC opting not to renew them.

UFC Opens Doors for DWCS Signings, Trimmed Roster Expected

The UFC has cleared space for a wave of Dana White’s Contender Series (DWCS) signings, paving the way for potential fighter cuts. This move comes on the heels of an extensive recruitment drive following the latest DWCS season.

As noted by Bloody Elbow, out of the 49 bouts in the recent DWCS season, an impressive 45 fighters secured contracts. This marks a stark shift from previous iterations, where the UFC was more selective in signings, often passing on fighters who performed exceptionally well.

With the promotion increasing the number of signings and offering $10,000 deals—below their typical minimum contracts—in recent years, the Contender Series has evolved into a breeding ground for cost-effective talent. In light of the recent signing spree, current fighters coming off losses might find themselves at risk of being cut.

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Endeavor, seeking to maximize profits, is favoring this strategy, wherein veterans like Makdessi, boasting 20 UFC fights, had deals that far surpassed the relatively economical DWCS contracts.

Reference

https://bloodyelbow.com/2023/10/18/ufc-roster-cuts-10-fighters

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