UFC has recently parted ways with two notable heavyweights in Junior dos Santos and Alistair Overeem. The release of both fighters was first reported by Nolan King and Mike Bohn of MMA Junkie.
Both veteran heavyweights have departed from the promotion following recent losses.
Overeem lost a main event fight last month, getting stopped in the second round of a bout against Alexander Volkov. The loss stopped a two-fight win streak that Overeem was pitching as his final push towards a title shot.
Overeem, a former Pride FC and K-1 fighter, had competed in the UFC since 2011. He finishes his run with a promotional record of 12 wins and eight losses.
Dos Santos’ UFC run concludes after losing four consecutive bouts via stoppage in the past two years. His last bout was in December, where Ciryl Gane stopped him in the second round with strikes.
The former UFC Heavyweight Champion confirmed his release on social media on Thursday.
“Thanks to every opponent, thanks to every fan and every critic. I’m going to spend some time back at the drawing board, but I’m excited to move on,” said dos Santos via Instagram.
Dos Santos is best known for becoming the UFC Heavyweight Champion in 2012, dethroning Cain Velasquez in the main event of UFC’s first event on T.V. network FOX. He defended the belt once in a victory over Frank Mir before dropping the belt to Velasquez in a rematch.
Dos Santos finishes his UFC career with a record of 15 wins and eight losses.