(Momma said there’d be days like this. Photo courtesy of Spike.)
Well, this is never easy, but unfortunately we have to deliver some bad news — the services of TUF 8 veteran Eliot Marshall and Shannon Gugerty will no longer be needed in the Octagon. Though both fighters suffered defeats on the preliminary card of Sunday’s UFC on Versus event, Marshall’s firing is somewhat surprising, since his split-decision loss to Vladimir Matyushenko followed three straight wins over Jules Bruchez, Vinny Magalhaes, and Jason Brilz. But his loss to the Janitor isn’t the first time that Marshall has put in a dull performance, and he could have been released simply because he isn’t exciting enough. Naturally, Marshall isn’t happy about it:
"It is what it is, man. What do you want me to say? It sucks. What can you do? It’s my own fault, and that’s how it goes…I could have fought better. I could have fought more aggressively. I thought Vladdy wasn’t really engaging much; it was hard for me to find my distance with him…I’m disappointed in myself. I didn’t fight to the best of my abilities.
"I beat Brilz, and he gets a little easier of a fight, and I get a little bit harder fight. And now, I’m the one that’s not there anymore, even though I fought a top-15 guy. I guess I should have lost the Brilz fight and fought Eric Schafer."
As for Gugerty, his submission loss to Clay Guida was his second straight loss, and dropped his overall UFC record to 2-3. Have Chase Gormley and Paul Buentello somehow escaped this round of layoffs, or will we be hearing about their firings in the near future? Stay tuned.
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