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And Now He’s Fired: Jason Lambert

(Jason Lambert, post-mastectomy. Photo courtesy of MMA Weekly.)

In addition to the 5,500 jobs that automaker GM cut last week, struggling light-heavyweight-turned-middleweight Jason Lambert has also joined the growing ranks of the unemployed in America. FiveOuncesofPain confirms that The Punisher — who had been knocked out twice and choked out once in his last three Octagon appearances — has been officially cut by the UFC.

Lambert began his UFC career on an impressive 4-1 tear, earning stoppage wins over Rob MacDonald (at his UFC debut in March 2006), Terry Martin, and Branden Lee Hinkle, and scoring an upset knockout of Renato Sobral at UFC 68; his sole loss during that time came via TKO at the fists of Rashad Evans. But then things started to go south. His occasionally lazy boxing got him smoked by Wilson Gouveia at UFC 80, and again by Luis Cane at UFC 85. Most recently, he made his middleweight debut at UFC 88 in September and succumbed to a rear-naked choke from Jason MacDonald.

Tough break, but that’s what happens when you drop three straight (unless you’re Houston Alexander, of course). We’re guessing that Josh Burkman will be getting his walking papers next; the People’s Warrior has been defeated consecutively by Mike Swick, Dustin Hazelett, and Pete Sell, and is now out-of-action indefinitely with a back injury.

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Renn- November 11, 2008 at 9:57 pm
I doubt Burkman will get cut. He may be on a slide right now, but his fights are very entertaining. Burkman has a knack for making his fights exciting. If a fighter looses in exciting fashion and is a gamer I will watch them even if they are on a 20 fight slide. I think that the UFC recognizes that in a number of us fans.
Jay Smith- November 11, 2008 at 8:18 pm
@ Shawn
In this sport there is no such thing as an undefeated fighter (usually). Everyone loses at some time. If the UFC adopted your policy we wouldn't have any of the fighters or fights in UFC 91 or UFC 92. Who would be the champ Jean Claud Van damme as a cyborg?
And that, Shawn, is why...- November 11, 2008 at 7:17 pm
you are not in charge of the UFC.

Next, you would change the Octagon to the Hell In a Cell. Perhaps a coffin match, or a tables, ladders and chairs match would make the UFC even more exciting, yes?
Shawn- November 11, 2008 at 2:47 pm
Am I the only one who wants the UFC to literally start billing fights as Loser Leaves Town fights? We get these grudge matches, we get occasional number one contender matches, but despite fights we know that the loser is getting cut, it's never explicitly stated. I for one think it would be a great marketing tool to make a fight that no one cares about because both competitors dropped a few in a row that much more interesting. Fabricio vs. Lambert would've been fun with a pink slip hanging over the ring.
TUF Guy- November 11, 2008 at 1:55 pm
I remember the fight he had w/ Renato. That was a crazy fight how he survived the first round and then came back to win it was almost amazing. He will not be missed though.