5 different routes with the promotion, including Thomas Almeida
Five fighters are no longer on the UFC roster, including a former bantamweight contender.
Several people with knowledge of the versions recently informed MMA Junkie of the roster changes, but requested to remain anonymous as the promotion has not made an official announcement. The roster changes came about after fighters were moved to the ‘veterans’ section of the UFC website (h / t UFC Roster Watch).
Check out the recent UFC departures below. The movements in the list, unless explicitly mentioned, are not necessarily a “cut”. The UFC may have chosen not to re-sign some fighters who were at the end of their contracts.
UFC Record: 5-5
At one point seen by many as the next big thing at 135 pounds, Thomas Almeida is leaving the UFC on a four-game losing streak. The slip came after a 5-1 start to his promotional tenure. In the UFC, Almeida beat Brad Pickett and Yves Jabouin, among others. Still only 30 years old, Almeida is hoping that one or two wins outside of promotion will bring him back.
MMA Junkie’s Farah Hannoun confirmed Almeida’s departure on Saturday with someone familiar with the situation.
UFC Record: 2-4
“The Ultimate Fighter” Season 26 cast member Emily Whitmire lost her promotional debut to Gillian Robertson in the season finale undercard. After back-to-back wins over Jamie Moyle and Aleksandra Albu in his next two fights, Whitmire lost three back-to-back fights before his exit from the UFC.
MMA Junkie’s Nolan King confirmed Whitmire’s departure on Sunday with someone with knowledge of the situation.
UFC Record: 2-5 with a no competition
Boston’s Mike Rodriguez burst onto the national radar when he flattened Jamelle Jones with a flying knee that won him a contract in “Dana White’s Contender Series,” season 1 in 2017. During a promotional term of eight fighting, Rodriguez has produced mixed results. His UFC victories came against Adam Milstead and Marcin Prachnio. He leaves the UFC on a slippage losing three fights, including a controversial loss to Ed Herman in September 2020.
MMA Junkie’s Nolan King recently confirmed Rodriguez’s departure with someone with knowledge of the situation.
UFC Record: 0-3
Multiple-time winner of Dana White’s Contender Series, Antonio Arroyo secured his contract with the UFC in July 2019. Three losses to Andre Muniz, Deron Winn and most recently Joaquin Buckley led to his departure from the UFC.
MMA Fight reported the news of Arroyo’s departure on Saturday.
UFC Record: 0-2
Former LFA champion Sarah Alpar entered the UFC after a 2019 victory in Dana White’s Contender Series. However, she had failed in both of her UFC appearances. After a TKO loss to Jessica-Rose Clark in her early days, Alpar started a Go Fund Me to help with the finances. The account made headlines when YouTuber-turned-boxing star Jake Paul and Triller donated a total of $ 30,000 to the fund. Weeks later, she would lose a unanimous decision to Erin Blanchfield.
MMA Junkie’s Nolan King confirmed Alpar’s departure on Saturday with someone familiar with the situation.