It was with some surprise that on Monday, featherweight Junior Assuncao was released from the UFC after suffering a single loss.
“I just got cut from the UFC,” Assuncao wrote. “Apparently they did not like my last fight. I’m not in control of all this. My manager said it will be ok. Was in a good win streak before the last fight, sorry guys.
“The boss himself told me the fight was good, got a performance (bonus), was in a good win streak before that last fight. I don’t understand.”
While any fighter coming off a loss is subject to release from the UFC, it’s rare that a fighter like Assuncao who had won his last seven fights in a row including a victory over Eddie Yagin in the Octagon would be cut after a single loss.
Assuncao’s fight with former ‘Ultimate Fighter’ winner Ross Pearson at UFC 141 was close and obviously the Brazilian wasn’t finished, but still the UFC opted to hand him his walking papers.
This was Assuncao’s second stint with the UFC. The first ended in 2007 after Assuncao went 1-2 during a three fight stretch while competing in the lightweight division.