Typically the week after a UFC event is associated with news of Mixed Martial Artists who lost receiving their contractual releases from the promotion as a result of their performances. One fighter who found himself in such a situation almost a year ago to the day was Eliot Marshall, an affable light heavyweight who was handed his pink-slip after dropping a Split Decision to veteran competitor Vladimir Matyushenko last March.
While the move likely appeared premature in the eyes of many given his competitive performance against someone with Matyushenko’s reputation and a three-fight winning streak preceding the loss, rather than focusing on the negative Marshall used his time away from the UFC to improve and racked up a trio of victories outside of the promotion before lobbying to fill a late vacancy this past weekend at UFC 128 against Luis Cane.
Marshall was granted his wish and given the spot though he ultimately fell in the opening round by way of TKO after being overwhelmed early by Cane. However, rather than suffer a repeat of 2010 it looks as though the Ultimate Fighter Season 8 alumnus will be given at least one more chance to prove himself in the Octagon.
Five Ounces of Pain was able to confirm the retention of Marshall’s contract with his management team at Alchemist MMA meaning he should be given an opportunity to put in a full camp before his next fight rather than step in on short notice.
The 30-year old grappler out of Colorado is 10-3 in his career and has had his hands raised against the likes of Josh Haynes, Jason Brilz, and Vinny Magalhaes. Five of his wins have come by way of submission.