Antonio Carlos Junior Among Dozen Fighters Cut By UFC

UFC has recently let go of 12 fighters, many of which had losing streaks within the promotion.

Per a report from Guilherme Cruz and Damon Martin of MMA Fighting, UFC has cut ties with Antonio Carlos Junior, Anthony Ivy, Carlton Minus, Rhys McKee, Sarah Moras, Peter Barrett, Spike Carlyle, Jacob Kilburn, Vinicius Moreira, Markus Perez, Cole Williams and Vanessa Melo.

Carlos Junior is the most experienced fighter to depart the roster. He concludes his UFC career after 12 fights for the promotion in total. He joined the UFC in 2014, defeating Vitor Miranda to win the third season of “The Ultimate Fighter Brazil.”

Carlos Junior’s best run in the promotion would be from 2016 to 2018, where he won five consecutive fights. UFC released him after three losses from 2019 to 2021. His last fight was at UFC 257 in January, where he lost a decision to Brad Tavares.

Minus’ UFC run concludes after two fights. Minus made his UFC debut in August, losing a decision to Matthew Semelsberger. His last bout was in December, where he dropped a fight to Christos Giagos.

Similar to Minus, UFC has let McKee go after two fights. McKee made his UFC debut in July, taking a short-notice bout against Khamzat Chimaev. The fight finished within a round, giving Chimaev a spotlight following a strong UFC debut just weeks before.

McKee’s second loss came in November against Alex Morono.

Moras’ UFC career ends after being handed her fifth loss in six fights. Moras lost a bout in January to Vanessa Melo, giving her pro record more losses than wins. Moras finishes her UFC run with three wins and six losses.

Ivy’s two losses have caused the UFC to remove him from their roster. Ivy lost his UFC debut in under a minute, getting stopped with punches from Christian Aguilera in June. Three months later, Ivy lost a fight to Bryan Barberena.

Barrett’s UFC run has finished after two fights. Barrett lost his UFC debut in August to Youssef Zalal. His last fight saw Chase Hooper make a comeback and submit him in the third round with a heel hook. Barrett entered the UFC in 2019 after a win on “Dana White’s Contender Series.”

After picking up one win and two losses, Carlyle has exited the UFC. Carlyle won his UFC debut back in February of 2020, defeating Aalon Cruz in the first round with strikes. However, he has struggled since then, dropping scorecard fights to Billy Quarantillo and Bill Algeo.

Kilburn has been cut from the UFC after losing his return bout against Austin Lingo last month. The fight was Kilburn’s second loss since joining the UFC in 2019.

Four consecutive losses have caused the end of Moreira’s UFC run. After accumulating three losses in 2019, Moreira returned last month and lost a fight to Ike Villanueva.

Recent losses have concluded Perez’s UFC run. Perez was on a three-fight losing streak from 2019 to 2021, causing his release. Prior to the skid, Perez had two wins and two losses in the UFC.

Welterweight Cole Williams has also departed the UFC roster. Williams took his second UFC loss in October, getting submitted by Jason Witt in the second round with an arm triangle choke.

Melo is the sole fighter who is no longer contract but also coming off a win. Melo snapped a three-fight skid in January, defeating Moras via decision to earn her first UFC win. Per MMA Fighting’s report, Melo’s team “hopeful” that she can get signed again.

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