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Eleven Fighters Removed from UFC Roster Including TUF Alums Trizano, Eubanks

Mike Trizano, UFC Vegas 56 weigh-in Photo credit: Alex Behunin/Cageside Press

The UFC was in for a housecleaning, as a full 11 fighters were removed from promotional rosters on Wednesday.

As automated services first noticed UFC Roster Watchmonitoring the UFC’s fighter database, the following athletes do not appear to be in the organization:

  • Sihara Eubanks (7-7)
  • Mike Trizzano (10-3)
  • Lyudvik Shorinian (9-3-1)
  • Marcelo Rojo (16-9)
  • Jay Palin (10-7)
  • Alejandro Perez (22-9-1)
  • Laurian Paiva (21-5)
  • Gadzhi Omargadzhiev (13-2)
  • Kevin Natividad (9-4)
  • Vince Mallais (11-7)
  • Brandon Davis (14-10)

Removing fighters from the database doesn’t necessarily mean they’ve been cut outright. For example, a boxer may have ended his or her current contract and not immediately re-sign (but may be brought back at a later date).

That being said, some of the names announced on Wednesday weren’t a surprise. Just a week ago, Sijara Eubanks went weightless for a fight with Priscila Cachoeira, resulting in the fight being scratched from the UFC Vegas 67 card.This is far from the first time Eubanks has struggled with the scale: She loses her spot ultimate fighter 26 In the end, she could have competed for the inaugural women’s featherweight title after advancing due to weight loss issues.

Another weight blunder in 2018 prompted his move to bantamweight. Eubanks returned to flyweight last year, losing weight to Melissa Gatto for a 1-1 record.

trizzano won ultimate fighter 27 2018 tournament and went 4-3 inside the octagon, including a TUF 27 final win. The last time he played was in November, when he defeated Seung Woo Choi. Trizzano fulfilled his contract in that game. He feels like he’s a name that can be revived under the right circumstances, but it doesn’t look like that’s going to be the case in the near future.

Mexico’s Alejandro Perez is 1-3 in his last four fights, while Jay Palin has just lost to teenage prodigy Raul Rosas.

The exit of 27-year-old Raulian Paiva was a bit of a surprise. Paiva endured personal tragedy when he began competing in the UFC at 125 and 135 pounds. He lost the last two.

Ukraine’s Liudvik Sholinian is a TUF 29 alumnus who went 0-2 in the UFC’s bantamweight division, although it would be unfortunate to see him go given how his home country is at war with Russia.

Marcelo Rojo, who fought at both bantamweight and featherweight for some time, is 0-3 in his UFC fights. Gadzhi Omargadzhiev and Kevin Natividad are winless in their time in the cut, while Vince Morales has lost his last two fights. Since returning to the UFC in 2021, Brandon Davis has lost both fights. He represented the company for the first time from the 2018-19 season.

On the one hand, Morales confirmed the news in entertaining fashion.

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