The UFC did a little bit of house cleaning and released a few fighters. There were some others, but Pride legend, Takanori Gomi, is the one that sticks out the most.
Once upon a time, Gomi was considered the best lightweight in the world. When Pride was dismantled, Gomi came to the UFC and looked to make himself a force at lightweight. However, his UFC run was anything but impressive. He came to the UFC with a record of 31-5 and then, the wheels fell off.
Gomi amassed a record of 4-9 in the UFC and of his 9 losses, 8 were by stoppage. He lost his last 5 in a row and 4 of them were by KO/TKO. As much as hardcore fans screamed ‘Pride Never Die’, he had to be let go. It’s hard to continue to watch a legend compete and lose violently every time.
First reported by Guilherme Cruz at MMAFighting.com, the UFC released:
- Takanori Gomi
- Hacran Dias
- Henrique da Silva
- Adriano Martins
- Carlos Felipe (Never made UFC debut)