A loss in the UFC is not always bad thing for a fighter nor will it always put their career with the organization in jeopardy (as evidenced by bouts such as Marquardt vs. Leites). That being said, poor performances in victories supplemented by multiple losses inside the Octagon has been reason for making rosters cuts as of late.
Most recently we have learned that four men who competed and lost at UFC 97 in Canada last month, have been served their walking papers.
David Loiseau: “The Crow” returned to the UFC in his last fight, after having been let go a couple years earlier. The hype surrounding his return was huge and the fact that he trains alongside GSP at TriStar gave confidence to fans as he entered the bout against Ed Herman. “Short Fuse” dominated each round and quite frankly embarrassed the homeland hero. It is with some sadness as a fan of Loiseau’s that I see him exit the UFC once again.
Ryo Chonan: Ryo has had mediocre success inside the Octagon and was defeated at 97 by TJ Grant. His 1-3 record with the organization did little to impress the UFC brass, and the loss to Grant was his second in a row after being on the wrong end of a decision against Brad Blackburn. Expect Ryo to sign with either DREAM or Sengoku as he maintains popularity in Japan.
Jason MacDonald: The most peculiar of these cuts is indeed MacDonald’s. UFC President Dana White spoke highly of Jason’s performances, even when losing. It was widely believed the fan-favorite middleweight would return soon, however he will now look to fight elsewhere. MacDonald has stated that he is looking to put together solid wins and return to the big show.
David Bielkheden: 1-2 in the UFC, with two submission losses and not able to display a finishing instinct is likely what swayed his now former employer’s decision to let him go.