When it was announced this week that 14 fighters had been let go from the UFC, 33-year-old Canadian light heavyweight Ryan Jimmo (19-5 MMA, 3-4 UFC) was among them.
The former MFC light heavyweight champ made his UFC debut in 2012 with a 7-second knockout of Anthony Perosh, which is currently tied for the second fastest KO in UFC history.
Jimmo discussed his feelings on being let go by the UFC on this week’s episode of Brutally Honest and he seems far from disappointed:
“I felt like I was kind of trapped in that [UFC] contract,” Jimmo said. … “It’s about 24 pages long and they basically own your soul for eternity. I really felt trapped in it and I wasn’t in line with how the UFC did business. It affected my fighting. It affected the way that I looked at the business. And I was just kind of happy to get out, not to mention the Reebok deal on top of it.”
In recent months Jimmo had been openly opposed to the UFC’s new deal with Reebok and how it affected sponsorship opportunities for fighters. Whether or not that played into the UFC’s decision to let him go is not known. Either way, Jimmo doesn’t seem to mind and said several fighters actually congratulated him when they heard the news he’d been released from the organization.
“The UFC is like that hot chick at the bar,” Jimmo stated. “Everyone is like ‘that chick is really hot’, but if you ever had to be in a relationship with her, it’d be like, ‘aww man what a headache that chick is.’ You know what I mean? That’s what the UFC is.”