PRO MMA (promma.info) has confirmed with Foupa-Pokam’s agent, Ken Pavia, that his client has indeed been cut from the UFC roster. “That is confirmed and accurate. We can rebuild him,” Pavia stated after being asked for confirmation of the release.
Foupa-Pokam, better known as “Professor X”, earned his spot in the UFC after amassing a 20-9 professional MMA record, with a seven fight win streak. The UFC had big expectations for the devastating middleweight striker from France, but those expectations were short lived.
In his first UFC outing Foupa-Pokam lost via unanimous decision to former Pride veteran, Denis Kang at UFC 97. Many, including “Professor X” himself, attributed first-time Octagon jitters as the main reason for the loss.
With the first-time jitters behind him, “Professor X” was matched up against UFC veteran Drew “The Massacre” McFedries at UFC 98. In what promised to be an all out stand up war, in which many thought Foupa-Pokam could showcase his brilliant striking and ultimately win, the fight lasted a mere 37 seconds, ending in a TKO loss for the Frenchman.
By: Jeff Howard