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Rafaello “Tractor” Oliveira released from UFC

Rafaello “Tractor” Oliveira is the latest fighter to be released from the UFC.

FiveOuncesofPain.com recently became aware of Oliveira’s release from the promotion through the fighter’s trainer and manager, Mike Constantino.

Oliveira departs ways with the UFC with a career record of 10-3, and a UFC record of 1-2.

“The Tractor” suffered a defeat in his UFC debut via unanimous decision at the hands of Nik Lentz during UFC 103 before rebounding with an impressive unanimous decision victory over John Gunderson at UFC 108. A defeat suffered to Andre Winner during “UFC Fight Night 21” via unanimous decision effectively marked the temporary end to Oliveira’s career in the UFC.

7 COMMENTS
  • manny says:

    dw, when is sthepahn bonnar going to be released? or atleast not allowed to fight and just start commentating b/c that’s all his good at.

    what about the dean of mean?

  • manny says:

    JUST HEARD FLORIAN VS MAYNARD FOR THE UFC EVENT IN BOSTON. I GUESS WE WILL SEE ANOTHER AUTOMATIC TITLE SHOT FOR BJ. THIS TIME THE OUTLOOK WILL BE DIFFERENT! BJ WINS

  • WarCry says:

    All of these cuts are primarily lightweights. How many guys is that this week 8? I think this has something to do with this upcoming WeC ppv. These dudes were cut to help bankroll that ppv. My opinion no facts. Curious about your thoughts Cory

  • Colin says:

    Maybe they are making space to absorb the lightweight division of the WEC and add a flyweight division. Maybe they will finally just fold in the whole WEC. It is interesting that Dana is hosting the WEC press call, it is listed on the UFC website without the WEC name, and Goldie and Rogan are the event commentators.

  • Makington says:

    Although I wouldn’t mind if they absorbed the division, all the cuts technically made sense. Fighters that have been let go recently like Rob Emerson, Ronnys Torres, Phillipe Nover, Caol Uno, Shannon Gugerty, Matt Veach, and now Olivierra all were deserving, sometimes unfortunately. They were all on noticeable losing streaks, and in the most dynamic division in the UFC you just can’t do that. I wish we could still fighters that bring a good fight like Ronnys or Josh Neer but there’s always new talent to bring in, and the fighters are usually good enough so that they can get back to the UFC with a couple wins and some much needed experience.

    It’s a real shame that Mostapha Al Turk gets 3 shots in the UFC where he does terribly each time and some fighters really bring it and put on some great fights and are still let go the second they lose, but it is what it is.

  • Rece Rock says:

    You hit it on the head Makington.

  • trupert says:

    I agree, the cut fighters are pretty good and exciting to watch but the UFC is trying to maintain the ‘best of the best’ mentality. Instead of the UFC clearing out the lightweight divison to make room for the merger/absorption, maybe they are just cutting these guys so they could come into the WEC and strenghen that division. More competition for the WEC fighters and then after a few wins and maybe title reign in the WEC, some of these guys can come back to the UFC. Easier to hype a former WEC champion fighting current UFC champion match as opposed to something like hyping Gray Maynard (good record but what else for the casual fan?)

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