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And Now They’re Fired: DaMarques Johnson, Shane Roller Axed From UFC After Recent Losses

(Johnson secures a dominant position against Mike Swick at UFC on FOX 4, shortly before it all fell apart.)

After suffering his third-straight stoppage loss against newcomer Gunnar Nelson at UFC on FUEL 5: Struve vs. Miocic, UFC welterweight DaMarques Johnson has been released by the promotion. Johnson confirmed the news via Twitter late last night. “And the hits keep on coming,” Darkness wrote. “No longer a UFC fighter.”

The TUF 9 finalist complied an official record of 4-6 within the Octagon, with none of those fights going to decision — a stat that placed him in a first-place tie on the “Least Decision-Prone UFC Fighters of All Time” leaderboard. His most recent fight was somewhat controversial in that it came just 56 days after a brutal knockout loss to Mike Swick. Johnson faced Gunnar Nelson on short notice as an injury replacement, and while the UFC usually gives extra leeway to fighters who step up to save fights, the fact that Johnson didn’t even come close to making weight likely sealed his fate.

In other firing news…

UFC lightweight Shane Roller also confirmed his release — and apparent retirement — on Twitter, writing “Looks like I’m hanging up the gloves for good. It was fun, but time to move on. Sux that it ended like that. Now startn the next chapter!!”

Roller competed on the preliminary card of last weekend’s Browne vs. Bigfoot card, and lost to Jacob Volkmann via first-round neck crank. It was Roller’s fourth loss in his last five fights, and Volkmann’s first stoppage victory in nine UFC appearances; neither of those details would suggest future employment for Shane Roller. On the bright side, now there’s more space on the UFC lightweight roster for Gilbert Melendez. See? We always try to find the positive around here.

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Buster Hyman- October 10, 2012 at 2:24 pm
the UFC should sign Bob Sapp and have every fighter they cut fight him on their way out so they can go out as winners
Clemmie- October 9, 2012 at 9:28 pm
Mr. Mis, well done sir.

Somebody wants to be promised a t-shirt that he will never get
Mr_Misanthropy- October 9, 2012 at 4:27 pm
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MonsterMaulingAss- October 9, 2012 at 2:29 pm
The UFC is axing more fighters as of late. Seems they're trying to thin out the roster to counter the over saturation. They are really utilizing that 2 loss cut policy now, whereas in the past fighters often got a third chance. If you're in the UFC and you loose twice, miss weight, or don't spell check your twitter and you're not a huge or even a decent draw expect those walking papers.
ArmFarmer- October 9, 2012 at 10:54 am
It's possible I just built up unusual neck strength from being power crossfaced and front headlocked for years. That or they were just doing it wrong. Usually it was wrestlers doing it even at bjj practice, and wrestlers tend to try and crush the face as opposed to twisting the neck. If I felt like my neck were about to break, I'd damn sure tap. Ability to walk > Pride
BaghdadBob- October 9, 2012 at 10:45 am
It's obvious that Johnson was served-up by the UFC.
BaghdadBob- October 9, 2012 at 10:44 am
@armfarmer. The thing with the neck-crank (beyond the obvious: that it's painful as hell), is that when you feel your spine cracking inside your flesh, you start to worry that some serious damage is about to be done, so better to tap.

I agree wrestlers do develop strong-ass necks, though I think that's more from their superb fitness regime more than becoming immune to neck-cranks because there is no tapping in wrestling.
ArmFarmer- October 9, 2012 at 10:01 am
Just to not come off as a total hardass, I did scream like hell whenever I'd end up in a tight twister. My opponents did too, it was my go to move, but the match doesn't end from screaming. Sometimes the ref would call a pitty pin though.
ArmFarmer- October 9, 2012 at 9:58 am
How do people get submitted by neck cranks.. is there any difference between a neck crank and a power crossface? Maybe wrestlers just build up a tolerance to it since you can't tap in wrestling. I don't think you have to tap to a "twister" either.. I know because I never have.. mostly because I wasn't allowed. It hurts like hell but after the initial stretch it's not that bad.
kellyman- October 9, 2012 at 8:41 am
I know he was overweight, but Johnson took that fight on a week's notice; I think this is a bitch move on the UFC's part.