by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
Following UFC 109 last weekend, the promotion has released several fighters including headliner Mark Coleman, as well as Frank Trigg, Tim Hague, and Phillipe Nover.
Fighters being released from the UFC following a loss is nothing new, but after being in a main event, it was somewhat of a surprise that Coleman’s name was on that list. The 45-year-old former Pride and UFC champion struggled in his fight with Randy Couture before being submitted by a rear naked choke in the second round.
Since returning to the UFC last year, Coleman went 1-2 with a victory over former “Ultimate Fighter” finalist Stephan Bonnar, while dropping the aforementioned fight against Couture and a rematch against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.
Also on the list of cuts was former top welterweight contender Frank Trigg, who confirmed his release from the promotion via Twitter on Wednesday. The multi-time UFC veteran returned to the organization last year after a stint at 185 pounds, but his welterweight career didn’t fare as well in the UFC.
In his return bout to the organization, Trigg lost by TKO to top five ranked welterweight, Josh Koscheck. Looking to bounce back last weekend, he was caught by a knockout right hand from former welterweight champion Matt Serra that ended his night and his UFC career.
Other cuts from the UFC 109 card include Canadian heavyweight Tim Hague, who endured back-to-back losses, as well as former “Ultimate Fighter” finalist Phillipe Nover, who lost his only three fights in the UFC following his stint on the reality show.
One fighter who will get a second chance in the Octagon is Rolles Gracie. Sources close to the fighter indicated to MMAWeekly.com on Wednesday that the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu champion will get another shot after falling short in his first fight against Joey Beltran.
As of now, those are the only cuts that have surfaced from the UFC following the weekend’s event.