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Rich Attonito axed by the UFC based on handling of offer to fight on short notice

It’s rare to see a fighter with a winning record in the UFC be handed his walking papers, especially when said competitor has never lost back-to-back bouts inside the company’s infamous eight-sided cage. Regardless, such was true in the case of welterweight Rich Attonito who has been cut from the roster and not necessarily for performance-based reasons either.

According to a report from MMAFighting, Attonito was axed after accepting a scrap on short notice with Gunnar Nelson only to back out a day later, then repeating the process despite being offered the fight at a catchweight of 175 pounds to assist with Attonito’s need to cut weight quickly.

The opportunity eventually went to DaMarques Johnson who was also ultimately released, though based on his failure to make weight and be competitive in the tilt rather than because he strung the UFC along as Attonito apparently did.

The 10-5 Attonito went 3-2 in the Octagon after first emerging on the Ultimate Fighter 11. He has been sidelined with injuries since a loss this past December, likely another factor in the UFC’s decision to part ways with him.


  • AlphaOmega says:

    This cutting didn’t exactly make sense to me, I think Silva was just pissed off when Rich’s manager called him and said that he couldn’t make weight the second time. I get how he shouldn’t of accepted the fight unless he was sure he could make weight and it puts them in a bind by him backing out twice, but why cut him, I’m sure they could of thought of some other way to punish him, delegate him to the FB card for the next few fights, or the pre pre prelims or something.


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