Brazilian welterweight Carlos Eduardo Rocha started out strong in the UFC with an opening round submission win over Kris McCray. However, it apparently wasn’t enough to save Rocha’s job after being outpointed in his follow-up fights against Jake Ellenberger and most recently Mike Pierce.
According to TATAME, Rocha was released by the UFC after coming up short against Pierce in early June.
The UFC’s decision definitely caught Rocha off-guard who responded to the move by saying, “I went there to fight MMA and he wants to win by points…This is bullsh*t…I had good performances and even so I was cut off. I didn’t expect this.”
Rocha’s losses to Pierce and Ellenberger, a Split Decision no less, are the only stumbles of his career. He holds a 9-2 overall record with all of his victories involving some form of finish including eight by way of submission.
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