Back-to-back losses in the UFC’s rapidly thinning lightweight division is tough to overcome, and so with that Gabe Ruediger was released from the promotion recently.
Sources close to the fighter confirmed the release to MMAWeekly.com on Monday.
Ruediger went 0-2 during his return stint to the UFC, with losses to Joe Lauzon and Paul Taylor.
The former “Ultimate Fighter” cast member had picked up six wins in a row to earn his way back into the UFC, but suffered a couple of tough losses upon his return.
While his release does mean Ruediger’s next fight won’t be in the UFC, it doesn’t mean he’s deterred from returning. The California based fighter is currently contemplating a potential move to featherweight after having very little weight to cut before his last bout at 155lbs.
No official move has been decided, but Ruediger may decide to try the weight class out in the future.
The UFC’s lightweight division will be a dog eat dog world for the next several shows after the promotion merged with the WEC and pushed the 155lb division to over 70 fighters under contract.
Multiple sources have told MMAWeekly.com that eventually the UFC wants the division to be with less than 30 fighters under contract.