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After losing his last two bouts inside the Octagon, light heavyweight fighter Eric “Red” Schafer has been released by the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

He lost a unanimous decision to Jason Brilz at “UFC on Versus 1” this past Sunday, and lost a unanimous decision to Ryan Bader at UFC 104 back in October.

Schafer confirmed the news in a post on The Underground earlier today:

I’ll just get back into the gym and see what the future holds. Despite losing the last 2 decisions, I felt I learned a lot, but the UFC is not a easy place to be working on my game. Oh well, I had some good battles and always went out looking to finish. Was an amazing experience.

It was not all losses for Schafer in the UFC. Overall, “Red” went 3-4 in the organization, and his most recent victories included a TKO over Antonio Mendes at UFC 93 in January of last year, and a submission over Houston Alexander at “UFC Fight Night 15” in Sept. 2008.

As a college graduate, UFC veteran, and BJJ black belt, the 32-year-old Schafer definitely has plenty of options regarding his future.

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