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Marcus Aurelio joins list of recent fighters cut by the UFC has learned that lightweight competitor Marcus Aurelio is the latest fighter to depart the UFC.

The American Top Team member was released from his contract with the promotion soon after his unanimous decision loss Hermes Franca last month at UFC 90.

The Franca bout marked Aurelio’s second consecutive loss on the heels of his unanimous decision defeat to Tyson Griffin this past July at UFC 86.

Aurelio signed with the UFC in 2007 after having earned a reputation as one of the top lightweight fighters in the world while competing for PRIDE Bushido in Japan. During his PRIDE tenure, Aurelio recorded the most notable victory of his career at PRIDE Bushido 10 when he submitted Takanori Gomi at 4:34 of round 1 courtesy of a arm triangle choke.

While he entered the UFC amidst high expectations, Aurelio failed to gain traction after losing his Octagon debut at UFC 74 when he dropped a split decision to Clay Guida. He rebounded with consecutive victories against Luke Caudillo at UFC 78 and against Ryan Roberts at UFC Fight Night 13 but his career record in the UFC fell to 2-3 after the losses to Griffin and Franca.

Aurelio joins a list of high-profile fighters such as Fabricio Werdum, Paulo Filho, and Jason Lambert that have been released from their contracts with Zuffa.

  • portland mma says:

    To me this is the only notable release Lambert has bigger boobs then Dolly parton, no body ever wanted to actually watch Werdum fight and Filho is an unmarketable head case.

  • Jason G says:

    I thought Marcus just wasn’t well rounded enough. He was one of the top submission guys in his class but his striking was average and his wrestling and transitions were poor which is why he lost a lot of decisions.

  • Matt says:

    A case of all the talent in the world but can’t get up for big fights. Shame.

  • Jye says:

    I would of liked to see him v Jorge Gurgel

  • steve says:

    completely saw this coming, too bad.

  • Robert says:

    I can’t believe people are upset about Aurelio going and not Werdum or Filho. People make no sense.

  • Eric says:

    I hope this is a joke…
    Fitch cut from UFC

  • Ian says:


    Just got word that Fitch has been cut by the UFC with the primary reason being his unwillingness to sign over his proprietary rights.

  • ThatsRowdy says:

    I actually just posted about this on the new Fitch article. Are you kidding me?! This really does not make sense to me. They want him to sign over his rights forever…thats a long time!! It just doesn’t really seem fair to me.

  • King Solomon says:

    UFC sucks. Cutting Verdum and fitch is redickulus.

    Those guys r great fighters. and ufc HW division is soo weak.

    I think the reccession is effecting the UFc.

    who knows they may b next to go belly up!!

  • paddiosf says:

    And look at Grugel still fighting and losing…It’s a Joke..

  • paddiosf says:

    And look at Grugel still fighting and losing…It’s a Joke..

  • the Levi says:

    I don’t think that he will be missed very much. he is good just not good enough for the UFC.


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