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Luigi Fioravanti dropped from the UFC welterweight division

Despite having garnered a reputation for being one of the toughest welterweight competitors in the UFC, Luigi Fioravanti will have to work his way back into the Octagon upon being released by the promotion shortly after his first round TKO defeat to Anthony Johnson at UFC Fight Night 17 this past Saturday. was informed of the personnel move on Monday afternoon from a source speaking on the condition of anonymity.

With the loss, Fioravanti’s overall record fell to 14-5 with his lifetime record in the UFC reduced to a sub-.500 level (4-5). Despite having recorded a unanimous decision over Brodie Farber this past December during the promotion’s “UFC Fight for the Troops” event, Fioravanti had still dropped two of his last three bouts in the Octagon. The second loss came via a third round TKO against Diego Sanchez during the live finale for the seventh season of The Ultimate Fighter this past June.

A former Marine, Fioravanti has worked his way back to the UFC in the past. He had been dropped by the promotion following a unanimous decision loss to Forrest Petz at UFC Fight Night 10 in June of 2007 but returned soon after having won a fight outside of the organization.

Returning against Luke Cummo during the undercard of UFC 82, the American Top Team trained fighter recorded a unanimous decision victory.

  • AlwaysRelaxing24 says:

    Good cut. He has had enough fights to prove if he was a top level guy, and he is not.

  • Sam Caplan says:

    Hey guys, the point of me reporting this news was so that everyone knew the latest. The idea wasn’t to create a forum to debate whether they agree that it’s okay that someone is out of work. How about we show a little respect for the fighters?

  • Evadmils says:

    Why have the option to post opinions on “breaking” news articles like this? Maybe only allow posts on opinion pieces? Dude above said nothing out of line. Fioravanti will pick up work in a heartbeat.

  • Ryan Seacrest says:

    AlwaysRelaxing24 – Read the fine print

    RULES: No fighter bashing. No spam. Nothing “Not Safe for Work” or illegal, including links to illegal videos. reserves the right to moderate all posts.

    Thanks Sam for providing us “Real” MMA fans a forum to read about all fighters, no matter what the situation may be.

  • Cathedron says:

    Was there a bunch of fighter bashing comments which got deleted or are people taking Luigi’s cut a bit too personally?

  • goodguy says:

    I really liked watching Luigi fight. I will enjoy his return to the UFC as well, when that day comes. He has the work ethic that he needs and a good fan base from the military crowd.

  • mmaoverload says:

    Luigi is a great fighter who always shows a lot of heart. He will be back better than ever.

  • tone tone says:

    Luigi is a great fighter, very entertaining, I am so looking for his comeback. Hopefully the UFC will give him another contract. Despite his loses, Luigi has alwasys fought his heart out, unlike other fighters, “keep that in mind”.


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