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And Now They’re Fired: Pat Healy, TUF 16 Winner Colton Smith, + More


(You just keep your surfer boy hand gestures away from my daughter, pothead! Photo via Getty.)

Ever since being screwed out of his UFC 159 win over Jim Miller (and the $130,000 in bonuses that came with it) due to a positive marijuana test (a.k.a some old bullshit), Pat Healy has seen some rough times. He’s dropped his past four contests to Khabib Nurmagomedov, Bobby Green, Jorge Masvidal, and Gleison Tibau, and while none of those were exactly gimme fights, Healy’s stock in the lightweight division has plummeted nonetheless. Unfortunately, today brings news that “Bam Bam” has been released from the UFC in light of his four-fight skid.

The losing streak seems all the more surprising given Healy’s previous run under the Strikeforce banner, which saw him score five straight wins and earn a title shot against Gil Melendez (that was eventually cancelled when the latter went down with an injury). Tough luck, kid. Here’s hoping Healy can rebound in a big way when the WSOF inevitably scoops him up.

In somewhat less surprising pink slip news, TUF 16 winner Colton Smith has been fired following his lightning quick submission loss to the Wikipedia-less Carlos Diego Ferreira at Fight Night 44 last month. Since defeating Mike Ricci to win the TUF 16 trophy back in December of 2012, Smith has dropped three straight to Robert Whittaker, Michael Chiesa, and Ferreira, all by stoppage. His most recent loss dropped his professional record to 3-4, or 6-4 if you’re the promotion attempting to make their reality show winners look like above-average fighters.

In addition to the release of Healy and Smith, the UFC has announced the release of three other fighters. Below are their names, followed by our reaction in gif form.

Estevan Payan: 0-3 in the UFC, with stoppage losses to Alex White, Robbie Peralta, and a decision loss to Jeremy Stephens. Payan is perhaps best known for falling victim to the *first* Bellator spinning backfist heard ’round the world.

Chris Indich: 0-2 in the UFC, with losses coming to Richard Walsh (via UD) at the TUF Nations Finale and Vik Grujic (via TKO) at Fight Night 43. I honestly have no idea who any of the people I just mentioned are.

Dave Galera: 0-1, dropped a decision to ROYSTON F*CKING WEE at Fight Night 34 back in January. ROYSTON WEE, YOU GUYS!

-J. Jones

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