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And Now They’re Fired: Chad Griggs, Marcus Levesseur, and Many, Many More


(Griggs might not have had the best ground game in the biz, but he made up for it in pure funkatude.) 

It must be spring, Potato Nation, because in order to make room for their new batch of Strikeforce fighters, the UFC has been doing a little cleaning out of their roster as of late. In total, 9 fighters have been axed as of this morning, including everyone’s favorite muttonchops aficionado, Chad Griggs. MMA Opinion has the full list, so join us after the jump to find out which fighters will no longer be punctuating the undercards of FUEL and FX events.

Chad Griggs: 11-1 before entering the UFC, Griggs’ lack of a ground game was quickly exposed in his debut, where he was choked out by Travis Browne in under three minutes at UFC 145. After dropping to light heavyweight, Griggs returned at UFC 154 to face PRIDE veteran and feared striker Cyrille Diabate. Those who were expecting a slugfest left disappointed, however, as Griggs was choked out in the first round again, just fifteen seconds later than his first fight.

Marcus LeVesseur: Despite being one of the more decorated wrestlers to enter the UFC in some time, “The Prospect” quickly showed that he was simply not well rounded enough to hang in the sport’s highest promotion. After dominating the beginning of his UFC debut against TUF 12 alum Cody McKenzie, LeVesseur became McKenzietine victim #11 at just over three minutes into the first round. After scoring a snoozer of split decision over Carlo Prater in his next fight, Levesseur was absolutely savaged by Abel Trujillo at UFC on FOX: Henderson vs. Diaz.

Joey Gambino: After getting sliced, diced, and eventually submitted by Steven Siler in his promotional debut at UFC on FX 4, Gambino was outpointed by TUF 14 winner Diego Brandao at UFC 153.

Jared Papazian: 0-3 in the octagon, followed up a majority decision loss to Mike Easton at UFC on FX: Guillard vs. Miller with a submission loss to Dustin Pague at UFC on FX 3. He was given a final chance at the TUF 16 Finale, but was utterly dominated (30-25 x2, 30-26) by Tim Elliot in a performance that somehow netted both men a FOTN award.

Jeff Houghland: 1-2 in the promotion, with UD losses to Yves Jabouin and Takeya Mizugaki in successive contests.

Nick Penner: 0-2, with successive (T)KO losses to Anthony Perosh and Cody Donovan at UFC on FX 2 and UFC on FX 6, repectively.

John Cofer: The TUF 15 alum who was head kick KO’d by Justin Lawrence at the TUF 15 Finale last June before suffering an armbar defeat to Mike Rio at the TUF 16 Finale. 

Yasuhiro Urishitani: a.k.a the highly ranked flyweight who was blistered by Joseph Benavidez in the opening round of the flyweight tournament at UFC on FX 2, then outpointed by John Lineker at UFC on FUEL 6. 

Henry Martinez: 1-2 in the promotion, Martinez followed up a highly entertaining split decision loss to Matt Riddle at UFC 143 with a split decision win of his own at UFC on FX: Johnson vs. McCall. However, Martinez would find himself on the wrong end of a Daron Cruickshank highlight reel, walk-off KO at UFC on FOX: Henderson vs. Diaz. A sour note to end on, for sure.

-J. Jones

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crappiefloper- January 19, 2013 at 1:40 pm
Law, I see joes gym also offers Zumba? Could we have Zumba off?
crappiefloper- January 19, 2013 at 1:34 pm
Excited to see Griggs in bellator. Dude certainly brings the Funk! And dare I say, those chops rival,the stash"' in terms of awesome.
Law, your in the wrong place for respect, I mean you've read this site before right:)
THE LAW- January 19, 2013 at 10:39 am
Everybody EXCEPT "fried taco, & "big daddy duker"....... you are cordially invited to a "NOBODY" & "SUCKS" spar session @ Daddys Cobra Kai in Victorville,Ca.
When you get there at the front counter ask for "The Law". In this "sparing session" we will NOT be using any protective gear. All the sacrifices, all the lost teeth, lost time with family, all the pain and injury you gotta work through, all of the focus. ETC ETC ETC..... that it takes to even make it to that level.... Im gonna make you fully understand just how much Of a "nobody" I am..... and just how much I "suck".....so hit pause on MTV, climb out from behind you keyboard, jump into your toyota prius and come have a lesson in respect with me. when we are finished, Im gonna make you look into the camera and fully apologize to each one of those guys named....... Not a ONE of them sucks...... people like you people would prob faint simply on your walk out to the cage. Show some RESPECT, or keep you mouths SHUT....... anybody who thinks we "SUCK", are not worth mentioning, etc...... now you know my name, and the place.... PLEASE come visit me. COWARDS!
PS- i have a torn up knee rt now and can barely walk, so if you got HALF of a ball .... you better hurry cuz the injury is getting better every day. Cant wait to play and have some fun. Hope to see you soon.
imnotgay- January 18, 2013 at 11:10 pm
Just a bunch of nobodies, back to Starbucks or drug dealing or whatever their last job was.
painvelasquez- January 18, 2013 at 2:03 pm
Most if not all of these guys suck. Levessuer and Griggs are the only ones worth half a shit. Oh well
phil-th- January 18, 2013 at 12:14 pm
The name on this list worth talking about is griggs and he sucks
amsterdamheavy- January 18, 2013 at 10:52 am
Never understood why they picked Griggs up in the first place. he should have been in Strikeforce until it died and then passed on to Bellator. I mean, he beat Lashley and that chicken hearted other Overreem; he never looked like a winner to me.
Big Daddy Duker- January 18, 2013 at 9:59 am
Frankly, if they made Griggs fight again just 15 seconds after he had been choked out, it is no wonder he got choked out again!! You need more time than that to recover!! Come on, Dana, be reasonable!!
Fried Taco- January 18, 2013 at 9:44 am
Yeah, now Chad can go dominate in Bellator! War Griggs!!!
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