Houston Alexander says he has not been cut from the UFC

Photo: Sherdog - Houston Alexander used a very uncharacteristic game plan to fight Kimbo Slice. The game plan most likely cost him his job.

Despite his recent loss to Kimbo Slice at the TUF 10 Finale, and Dana White’s insistence that Houston Alexander (9-5) would be cut from the UFC roster, the father of six claims he nor his manager, Monte Cox, have received notice of his release,  and “…until that happens, I’m not released,” says Alexander.

Maybe it’s just a matter of semantics, and the axe will drop any day now, but it has been two weeks since his Kalib Starnes-esque performance on Dec. 5. And other fighters on that same card have been released – namely, Justin Wren.

Is it possible White has had second thoughts and decided to keep Alexander, who debuted in the Octagon with a bang, knocking out both Keith Jardine and Alessio Sakara in the first round?

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Justin Wren’s manager releases official statement – “The Viking” could be fighting as early as January 2010

Photo: Sherdog - From all appearances, Justin "The Viking" Wren has a long bright future ahead in professional mixed martial arts.

As we reported on Friday, Justin “The Viking” Wren was released by the UFC following an impressive showing on “The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights” and a subsequent loss at the “TUF 10 Finale” against Jon Madsen.

Wren’s manager, Greg Bloom, of Shambala Sports and Entertainment, sent ProMMA.info the following official statement:

“Justin Wren was officially released from the UFC. Justin is in good spirits and is handling this like a true professional. He knows that he has a long, successful career ahead of him and appreciated the opportunity that the UFC afforded him. Justin is eager to get back into the cage to showcase his skills and we will be keeping Justin extremely active with a fight as early as January of 2010. Our goal is to put together a string of quality wins and to prepare accordingly for when the bigger organizations come calling again. Justin wants to thank all the fans that have supported him and wants them to know that this is still just the beginning of great things to come.”

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Justin “The Viking” Wren released by the UFC

Photo: Sherdog - Justin Wren will likely be back in the UFC one day.

It is with great disappointment that we here at ProMMA.info report Justin “The Viking” Wren has been released from the UFC. FanHouse, citing an unnamed source, reported the news on Thursday.

22-year-old Justin Wren impressed UFC President Dana White on season ten of the Spike TV reality show “The Ultimate Fighter” by submitting UFC veteran Wes Sims with an arm-triangle that put the big man to sleep in the first round.

Following the win, Wren advanced to the quarterfinals, where he faced eventual winner of the show (and seasoned vet) Roy Nelson. Wren lost a controversial two-round majority decision to Nelson, in which most viewers argued should have at least gone to a third round.

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Josh Neer released from UFC contract following loss at UFC 104

This isn't the first time Josh Neer has been released from his UFC contract.
This isn't the first time Josh Neer has been released by the UFC.

Lightweight MMA fighter Josh “The Dentist” Neer (25-9-1) has been released from his UFC contract following a unanimous decision loss to Gleison Tibau (20-6) at UFC 104 on Oct. 24. Neer has lost his last three out of four fights, for a total of six out of ten times inside the Octagon.

Neer’s first UFC appearance was against Drew Fickett (36-13) at the very first Ultimate Fight Night back in August 2005. Fickett submitted Neer in the first round via rear-naked choke. However, Neer bounced back with wins over Melvin Guillard and Joe Stevenson in his next two UFC bouts.

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Strikeforce releases Phil Baroni

Photo by: Jack Bratcher
Photo by: Jack Bratcher

I didn’t know Strikeforce released fighters, but according to this new press release they have let go the NY Badass himself, Phil Baroni. There are reports saying he is likely headed to the UFC, but it seems very odd that Dana White would pick up Strikeforce’s scraps. Doesn’t it usually work the other way around? Anyway, here’s the press release:

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Aug. 13, 2009) – Phil “The New York Badass” Baroni has been released by world championship mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion STRIKEFORCE.

The 33-year-old Baroni, a native of Long Island, N.Y, has lost four of his last seven bouts. In his last appearance, a welterweight (170 pounds) matchup with Joe “Diesel’’ Riggs at St. Louis, Missouri’s Scottrade Center, Baroni sustained a one-sided defeat by way of unanimous judges’ decision.

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Four UFC 101 fighters sent to the chopping block: McCrory, Leites, Roop, Cramer (updated)

Dan Cramer, Thales Leites, George Roop, & Tamdan McCrory were all cut after UFC 101.

Running the top MMA promotion in the world is not an easy task. It often means clearing out the fighters who can not carry their weight, to make room for fresh talent, and give someone else the opportunity to prove to the world they belong among the sport’s elite athletes.

Maybe UFC 101’s pay-per-view numbers were terrible, maybe it is just a coincidence, or maybe Dana White was having a bad week, but four fighters have been cut from the UFC roster following their performances at at the Aug. 8 event. Tamdan McCrory, Thales Leites, George Roop, and Dan Cramer have all been put on the chopping block.

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Jon Fitch & Christian Wellisch cut from UFC

Former welterweight number one contender, Jon Fitch has been released from his contract with the UFC along with heavyweight Christian Wellisch.

UFC President Dana White let it be known he no longer wants to work with fighters from the American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose or those represented by DeWayne Zinkin and “Crazy” Bob Cook.

What is White upset about and why would Fitch and Wellisch be released from their contracts? According to sources, it stems from a merchandising deal and their refusual of signing over their likeness for the organization’s video game for life.

Popular Ultimate Fighter veteran, Josh Koscheck and undefeated heavyweight standout Cain Velasquez also seem to be in danger.  Fortunately for Koscheck he is headlining the UFC’s next main event on the December 10 Fight for the Troops card.  Otherwise he may have already been forced to walk the plank.

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Paulo Filho Cut From Contract

MMAWeekly.com has reported that Paulo Filho has been released from his contract and will not move into the UFC.

The news comes off the heels of him not making weight for his scheduled WEC Middleweight Title defense at WEC 36 against Chael Sonnen.

Not making weight combined with one of the worst performances in recent memory seemed to be enough to warrant a release from his Zuffa contract.

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