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Frank Lester released from his UFC contract

Frank LesterIt appears that welterweight Frank Lester has run out of chances to land a spot on the roster of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Sources informed late Wednesday night that the Team Quest product received his formal release from the UFC shortly after losing via first round submission to Nick Osipczak during this past Saturday’s live finale for the ninth season of The Ultimate Fighter.

Lester qualified for TUF 9 as a member of Dan Henderson’s U.S. team after recording a first round TKO against Kiel Reid. However, he was eliminated from the competition in episode six after being submitted by James Wilks, the show’s eventual welterweight winner, following an armbar at 3:06 of round 2.

He would be given a second chance to advance in the competition after UFC President Dana White ruled that Jason Pierce would not be allowed to continue in the competition. Facing Dave Faulkner from the Team UK, Lester fought well and forced a third and final round. Lester advanced to the next stage of the competition after Faulkner was too tired to compete in the “sudden victory” portion of the fight.

Lester would once again face Wilks in the semifinals. For the second fight in a row, Lester forced a fight to go to “sudden victory” but he would not be as fortunate as he was against Faulkner after getting TKO’d by Wilks due to knees.

  • Jstew3785 says:

    He’s still young and inexperienced. Let him go fight in a smaller promotion for a while and if he can put together some wins, he’ll be back. He’s definitely not lacking in heart, just needs to refine his skills. We’ll see him back in a few years I bet.

  • Snoop Dogg says:

    looks like he is headed to the dogg pound

  • mma-owns says:

    he joined the UFC…..rearranged his face and left.

  • cjrawkstar says:

    hey sam, the second fight against Wilks in the semi finals wasn’t a sudden death round. The semi finals were three 5 min rounds, as opposed to the two 5 min rounds from the first 2 rounds of fights.

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  • Patrickk says:


    I totally agree with you. He has a ton of heart. And I know he will get some gigs in the small time shows very quickly. Kind of like Jesse Taylor. They are great compared to the small time fighters. But they just don’t have the UFC ability yet.


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