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And Now *She’s* Fired: Sheila Gaff Axed by the UFC Following Consecutive First Round TKO Losses


(She might not have been the best fighter in the division, but Gaff had the best throwing-a-punch face in the biz. Photo via Getty.)

In a move signifying that equality in the octagon has finally been achieved, bantamweight Sheila Gaff has been released from the UFC. Following a pair of first round TKO losses to Sara McMann and Amanda Nunes at UFC 159 and UFC 163, respectively, Gaff’s departure was passed along by the German website GroundandPound.de yesterday.

After the two defeats in the heavily occupied bantamweight class Gaff must now make a fresh start elsewhere.

Disappointments and defeats belong to every fighter in this career, but I will go on,” said Gaff. “Most of all I am sorry that I could not show my fans what I can really do. In the last two weeks the love and uplifting words from many of my fans have helped. Thanks also for the support of sponsors MMA Spirit,  Geva and Olimp.

And it is here that we see the dichotomy of the UFC rankings system. The women’s bantamweight division currently consists of just 12 fighters. The men’s flyweight division has 18 fighters. Ian McCall, who went 0-2-1 in his first three UFC contests, was ranked #3 in the flyweight division going into his UFC 163 bout with Illarde Santos. Gaff, on the other hand, was ranked #10 and axed after two losses. There’s not much deeper of a comparison to be made here, but I just thought it was worth noting…

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-J. Jones

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Fried Taco- August 14, 2013 at 9:05 am
Is she a real 135 lber? I think she was fighting up a weight class just to be in the UFC, and will probably drop back down and fight in Invicta.
Mr_Misanthropy- August 13, 2013 at 2:23 pm
She's a true women's MMA pioneer. First one to get axed by the UFC, first female recipient of a "And Now She's Fired" award from Cagepotato.
MorningwoodII- August 13, 2013 at 11:29 am
which one is she in the picture? Nothing more to say on this.
ReX13- August 13, 2013 at 11:23 am
Not at all surprising. Gaff was a jobber that liked to throw, she was never going to be a UFC star.

I wouldn't be surprised to see her pop up again on short notice when a striker looses and opponent to injury.
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