||05-08-2013 08:04 PM
Leonard Garcia among nine fighters released from UFC
It looks like the hammer has been dropped on the UFC's lower tier of featherweights and bantamweights. A total of nine names have been removed from the online roster, which generally means they've been cut by the promotion. We've reported on a couple of those releases this week, but just to recap, these are the fighters whose profiles are no longer there:
-- Issei Tamura (7-4 MMA, 1-2 UFC). The Japanese bantamweight knocked out Zhang Tiequan in his debut at UFC 144, but that was the extent of his success with the promotion. Consecutive KO losses to Raphael Assuncao and T.J. Dillashaw have seemingly sent him packing.
-- Reuben Duran (8-5-1, 1-3 UFC). Duran dropped his debut to Takeya Mizugaki in March 2011. The bantamweight's only win came against Francisco Rivera two years ago at the TUF 13 Finale. After a significant layoff, Duran returned to the cage late last year, and was KO'd by Hugo Viana in just 3 minutes. His final fight in the UFC (for now) was a unanimous decision loss to Skeletor George Roop at UFC 158.
-- Sam Sicilia (11-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC). The TUF 15 alum last fought on April 13th at the TUF 17 Finale, losing an entertaining unanimous decision to Maximo Blanco. Sicilia's other defeat came against Rony Jason by TKO, while his sole win was a KO over Cristiano Marcello.
-- Kurt Holobaugh (9-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC). Holobaugh, who was a short notice replacement, lost to Pat Healy in January