Apparently Thales got an e-mail & Tamden got a phone call, but neither of them actually got an officially documented release letter. Dana called BS when he found out & said they were sticking around.
In a clear response to the protest of hardcore fans, fighters Tamdan McCrory and Thales Leites have reportedly been reinstated by the UFC.
The news comes via Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports, who spoke with UFC president Dana White on Thursday evening after a day of criticism levied at the Las Vegas promotion for its decision to drop the talented fighters.
McCrory lost a split decision to up-and-comer John Howard last weekend at UFC 101, bringing his UFC record to 3-3. The Cortland, N.Y. based fighter has hinted at a move to middleweight to forgo a huge weight cut at welterweight.
Leites, who contended for Anderson Silva's middleweight title just four months ago at UFC 97, lost a razor-close decision to Alessio Sakara prior to McCrory's fight on the event's undercard.
White told Iole he wasn't aware of the plans to drop the fighters and said he would reverse the action to release them.
McCrory’s manager, Chris Palmquist, told MMAWeekly.com on Friday, “Verbally, I was notified on Monday that he was going to be released, but I have not received an official release letter (which is usually the case) from the UFC, nor have I been told anything different.”
Calls to Leites' camp were not immediately returned.
Was Iole the one that broke the story in the first place? If so he's just trying to cover his @$$ for terrible journalism right now.