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And Now He’s Cut: Denis Kang

(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.

Jason Dent: His armbar loss to George Sotiropoulos at UFC 106 gave the TUF 9 castmember an overall Octagon record of 1-3, and made him a two-time UFC castoff.

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).

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UFC fan- December 9, 2009 at 11:17 pm
No great lose on any of those.
There are dumbasses who think this will help strikeforce, and it makes me laugh. It didnt help ASSfliction, and it won't help strikfarce to pick up UFC scraps, and leftovers.
These guys are not UFC caliber, plain and simple, say what you want but the proof is in the firing.
Not shocked and not concerned.
Komodo- December 9, 2009 at 4:03 pm
It sucked enough that he lost to Bisping. I wanted to see him get another shot. Bummer.
exes.for.iballs- December 9, 2009 at 2:05 pm
Guys, don't worry about kang. His boyfriend gsp makes enough money for the both of them.
Kimbos Bread- December 9, 2009 at 1:39 pm
Kang was not as top teir as Werdum when he was cut. So this comes as less of a surprise.

UFC digs it's own grave every time it fires one of these guys.
KidDinomite- December 9, 2009 at 1:38 pm
Damn, I feel sorry for Kang. He looked really good against Bisping and I almost thought Bisping wouldve been on his way out with the UFC if he lost their match. Unfortunately, Bisping pulled takedowns out of his ass (probably what he learned for Hendo, which we all know didn't work) for what I think was an upset and also surprised Kang as well that he was able to capitalize on the ground. If it had been a stand up fight, Kang would've won. Who knew Bisping had ground skills?

But yeah, I'd like to see him in Strikeforce, hopefully a place where he'll be able to make a name for himself.
Old_Bald_and_Irish- December 9, 2009 at 1:35 pm

...that was pretty good there! I snickered!
NateGetsIrate- December 9, 2009 at 1:34 pm
@ Octapus:

Further proof that he "threw" the Kimbo fight.
RaginAsian- December 9, 2009 at 1:30 pm
Poor Kang. Just hasn't been himself since Akiyama KHTFO.

Time to join the rest of the meh-ddleweights in Strikeforce.
robthom- December 9, 2009 at 1:23 pm
Kang was unreliable.

Without checking on sherdog I seem to recall him getting a couple of good wins, but not much more than his notable losses so just kind of breaking even.

I would think he deserves a few more chances than this though unless he was being drastically overpaid like VERA.

"Just dont see a future with our organization"?!
I hope he told them to fuck themselves if they told him some pussy shit like that.
skeletor- December 9, 2009 at 1:22 pm
Boston sucks
skeletor- December 9, 2009 at 1:21 pm
@ AussieJosh

Whats the point, you and everybody else knows that MMA math is an exact science.
AussieJosh- December 9, 2009 at 1:15 pm
Love to see Kang go to the Force and Bang with Hendo!
Octapusprime- December 9, 2009 at 1:15 pm
What? no Houston A.??
NOTSOB- December 9, 2009 at 1:14 pm
@ myfightwiffa
how about shutting up k thanks, thats pretty old now you hater of boston. and wait i bet you have something bad to say about boston........ here we go.

shut up in advance cuz we all know your going to comment.

Kimbos Bread- December 9, 2009 at 1:10 pm

GetUpAndKill- December 9, 2009 at 1:10 pm
@ steampunk

I agree buddy.
omunto- December 9, 2009 at 12:58 pm
Or they are just doing the best they can to say hypothetically who is a better fighter Swedish... Not like the rankings mean anything.
MyFightWiffaCheeto- December 9, 2009 at 12:55 pm
You know who won't get fired even if they lose?

The loser between Pedro Martinez-Don Zimmer II.
Swedish- December 9, 2009 at 12:54 pm
This happens all the time. Fighters look like world beaters due to the fact that they crush cans in Strikeforce / Dream.

CP and other idiots tout the fighters as "Top 10" thus promoting them.

Once the get to the UFC they are exposed. Bottom line, "journalists" hate the UFC and their "rankings" show this.
skeletor- December 9, 2009 at 12:40 pm
I imagine Brock Larson was sitting around his house about a year ago asking himself...."How can I fuck up my impressive record, and my credibility as a legitimate threat?"

Sign with the UFC. To bad for such a good fighter he has no name recognition (except that it sounds like Brock Lesnar), so not even SF is going to pay him shit.
Ouch That hurts- December 9, 2009 at 12:36 pm
Roli Delgado, I would say to keep your head up, but that doesn't seem to be your problem! Your hands need to be up and your chin down, give that a try and see how it works out for you!
steampunk22- December 9, 2009 at 12:28 pm
the Strikeforce middleweight division isn't awesome, although Hendo is hanging out now, so Kang could've probably do all right over there if he wants to remain on North Americans radars. I wanted to see him do well in the UFC and help bolster the ol canadian content a little, its too bad. Win some lose some.
NateGetsIrate- December 9, 2009 at 12:24 pm
An excerpt from my previous post...

14) Invite to live on your couch until they got back on their feet? Denis Kang