(Well, it was fun while it lasted. Photo courtesy of Sherdog.)
According to multiple reports, veteran middleweight Denis Kang has been released from his UFC contract following his second-round TKO loss to Michael Bisping at UFC 105, officially making him the UFC’s Biggest Bust of 2009. Once considered a top-ten middleweight due to his impressive performances in PRIDE and Spirit MC — including an epic 23-fight stretch in 2003-2006 where he didn’t lose a single match — Kang has now lost five of his last nine attempts, including two out of three in the UFC. The dismissal is somewhat surprising since Kang hadn’t lost two in a row, and his scrap with Bisping earned UFC 105′s Fight of the Night. Still, his employers didn’t see a future with him in their organization, and he’s on the free market again. According to MMA Fanhouse, Kang is currently in talks with several promotions in the US and abroad.
Other recent UFC firings include…
Roli Delgado: The TUF 8 vet submitted John Polakowski in his official UFC debut, but then lost back-to-back contests against Paul Kelly and Andre Winner (at UFC 105), dropping his UFC record to 1-2.
Brock Larson: The former WEC standout entered the UFC with back-to-back first-round submissions over Jesse Sanders and Mike Pyle, but then lost consecutive fights to Mike Pierce and Brian Foster (at UFC 106).