Axe Continues to Fall; Leonard Garcia, Bart Palaszewski, Several Other UFC Fighters Released

May 8, 2013
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11-Leonard-Garcia-UFC 136w_4439Several fighters have been released by the Ultimate Fighting Championship, including four-time Fight of the Night winner Leonard Garcia.

Garcia (15-11-1) became a fan favorite for his aggressive fighting style and epic battles with Chan Sung Jung, but his release was no surprise.  The featherweight fighter has lost five consecutive fights and hasn’t had his hand raised since December 2010.

Garcia confirmed his released via Twitter on Wednesday.

“Got let go by @UFC thanks for everything!  I’ll be back better than ever,” wrote Garcia.  “Thanks to all my friends this is a great reality check time to get back on the grind.”

Bart Palaszewski (36-17) was also released by the promotion after dropping his last three fights.

“I have been let go by the @ufc. I would like to thank them & @seanshelby (UFC matchmaker) for all the opportunities and great times. We shall see whats next,” Palaszewski tweeted on Wednesday.

MMAWeekly.com has confirmed several other fighters have also been cut from the UFC roster.

Middleweight Clifford Starks (8-2) received his walking papers after losing back-to-back fights and going 1-2 in organization.

Reuben Duran (8-5-1) went 1-3 in his UFC stint before being released after suffering back-to-back losses.

Pablo Garza (12-4) was notified of his release after losing three of his last four fights.

“In life’s journey we can walk many paths and while some may close there are others that will open. I am sad to say, that I have been released from the UFC roster,” Garza wrote on his Facebook page on Monday. “But I will take this time to focus on another passion of mine; competing in Jiu Jitsu and coaching. And who knows, I might be back in the Octagon again one day… Once again thank you all.”

The release of Antonio Carvalho (15-6) was a bit of a surprise.  He’s gone 2-2 in his UFC tenure.  After losing his debut against Felipe Arantes at UFC 142, Carvalho bounced back with two consecutive wins.  He was defeated in his last outing on March 16 by Darren Elkins by technical knockout in the first round.

The 33-year-old confirmed his release via Twitter on Monday, citing too many featherweights on the UFC roster.

“I have been cut by the UFC. Too many FW’s on roster & need to cut back. Business is that way. Only love for the UFC. Hopefully be back,” wrote Carvalho.

Other confirmed releases include Justin Lawrence, Issei Tamura, and Kurt Holobaugh.

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  • El Gvapo

    No surprises here. I’m a bit disappointed losing Garza but not fussed about the rest.

  • Christina

    Hope Leonard can improve his record and return to the UFC. He always leaves everything in the ring.

    • Cereal Killer

      He hasn’t improved in the past five years. He hasn’t finished anyone since Jens Pulver five years ago. He has only gotten worse and should retire.

    • Adam Vogt, North Yarmouth

      I agree. Leonard’s fight against Roger Huerta was one of my favorite fights of all time. I agree with other people that he might not have the skill set required of a UFC fighter, but as you said, he always left it all in the ring and I respect him for that. Hope he finds another organization soon and wish him all the best.

  • King_DG

    No suprise, If you lose to Cody Mckenzie, you deserve to be cut. Cody McKenzie is a can that the UFC gave to him and he couldn’t even win that fight! They should have canned his ass a long time ago! Leonard Garcia should retire or fight in some small regional venue.

  • Newb

    It’s a shame Bad Boy got cut, I always enjoyed watching him fight. I hope he returns to the UFC sooner rather than later. Best of luck to all the fighters that have gotten and will be released in the future.

  • Yannick Messaoud

    This is kind of sad but the UFC got so many fighters, sad because now the pressure is even worst then ever for them, if they lose they might get released. More to come.

  • toom

    garcia cant stick to a gameplan to save his you can only save your career with exciting losses for so long

  • Cereal Killer

    Leonard Garcia – grunt, haymaker, repeat.
    he was only exciting if put up against another brawler. He is seriously lacking in skills. For the amount of time he has been in the WEC and UFC, he should have gotten better by now. He won’t be back.

  • bajafox

    Interesting, they’re all the lighter guys… I wonder when the ban hammer will come down on the 170 – HW’s