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Carneiro departs UFC roster; set to fight TUF 7 alum Bradley during debut WCA event

American Top Team black belt Roan Carneiro is no longer a member of the UFC roster, learned Wednesday.

Five Ounces of Pain learned of the news having been contacted by a source speaking on the condition of anonymity. The information was later verified after speaking with ATT President Dan Lambert.

Carneiro was released from his contract with the promotion shortly after his split decision loss to Ryo Chonan at UFC 88: “Breakthrough” in September.

The Chonan loss marked Carneiro’s second consecutive Octagon defeat after he had been submitted by Kevin Burns with a triangle choke in the second round at UFC 85 this past June.

Carneiro will not be out of work long, as Five Ounces of Pain was informed Wednesday afternoon by World Cagefighting Alliance matchmaker Gary Marino that the Brazilian native has been secured for a co-main event matchup during the promotion’s inaugural event.

According to Marino, Carneiro is set to face Paul Bradley during the WCA’s first event scheduled for February 6 at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. The fight is still subject to approval from the New Jersey Athletic Control Board but is expected to be finalized soon.

Bradley, a standout amateur wrestler at Iowa, might be best known to MMA fans for his brief stint during the seventh season of The Ultimate Fighter. Despite winning a qualifying match that granted him entry into the TUF mansion, he was dismissed from the show after it was learned he is a carrier for Herpes Gladitorum, a skin condition common amongst amateur wrestlers.

Bradley improved his record to 9-0 after defeating fellow TUF 7 alum Dante Rivera at Ring of Combat 22 in Atlantic City in November. The former two-time NCAA All-American needed just 34 seconds of the first round to finish Rivera via TKO due to punches.

The fight vs. Carneiro will make Bradley’s debut as a welterweight. Tickets for the WCA event are now on-sale through all major Ticketmaster outlets.


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