Thomas Almeida Cut From the UFC
Among those cuts was Brazilian bantamweight Thomas Almeida, who had been fighting under the UFC since 2014 and racked up a professional record of (17-0) before making his debut at UFC Fight Night 56. Almeida was touted to be a severe threat in the bantamweight division. The Brazil native won his first four bouts, recording three finishes. Shortly after, the now thirty-year-old Almeida was met by Cody Garbrandt, suffering his first career loss as a professional. Since then, Almeida has struggled to find any momentum, winning one in his last five. Almeida is still hopeful of competing against the best in the world once more but understands he must collect several more wins outside the UFC to do so.
The UFC have also cut Emily Whitmire, Mike Rodriguez, Antonio Arroyo, and Sarah Alpar after failing to break the skids they had faced.
Emily Whitmire (4-5) seemed to be on the UFC’s chopping block for some time after failing to pick up a victory in her last three. The once TUF finalist holds UFC wins over Jamie Moyle and Aleksandra Albu. The three-fight skid saw Whitmire suffer defeats to Amanda Ribas, Polyana Viana, and more recently Hannah Goldy. Whitmire was finished by all three women.
Mike Rodriguez (11-7) impressed Dana White on the contender series in 2017 when demolishing Jamelle Jones in the first round. However, it didn’t work out quite how the UFC anticipated for the Boston-born fighter. The short-lived UFC career of Rodriguez saw him win two bouts from his eight outings against Adam Milstead and Marcin Prachnio. Rodriguez leaves the UFC on a three-fight skid dropping losses to Ed Herman, Danilo Marques, and Tafon Nchukwi.
A tough one to take for Antonio Arroyo, who sits at (9-5) in his professional career. Arroyo made two appearances on Dana Whites Contender Series and was awarded the second time around with the contract. We expected the Brazilians slick submission game to cause real distress to the UFC middleweight division. But, what occurred was the complete opposite. Antonio Arroyo’s UFC career consisted of three straight losses to Andre Muniz, Deron Winn, and Joaquin Buckley, along with six cancelled matchups.
Sarah Alpar (9-6), another Dana Whites Contender Series contract winner whose time with the UFC was short-lived. Alpar submitted Shanna Young on week eight of the contender series in 2019. Unfortunately for Alpar, she was met with two straight losses to Jessica-Rose Clark and Erin Blanchfield. That concluded the flyweights stint with the promotion.
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