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And Now They’re Fired: Phil De Fries and a Slew of TUF 17 Alums Among the UFC’s Latest Batch of Roster Cuts


(1-0 over constrictive tanktops, 0-1 over actual competition. You will be missed, Gilbert. Photo courtesy of UFC.com) 

The UFC continues to steamroll ahead with its massive roster cuts, Potato Nation. And while we are never one to praise the departure of a Zuffa employee (unless it’s Paul Daley, of course), we should at least be able to take comfort in the fact that there are no Jon Fitch level mind-bogglers for us to mourn this time around. However, the UFC’s most recent list of firings does feature — somewhat unsurprisingly — every TUF 17 alum who came up short in the season’s finale earlier this month, as well as a couple other guys who have had less than successful UFC runs as of late.

Taking out the trash is never fun, so let’s just get this thing over with…

Philip De Fries: Otherwise known as the poor man’s Christian Morecraft, the submission specialist has seen his lights turned out in 3 of his past 4 fights — to Stipe Miocic, Todd Duffee, and most recently, Matt Mitrione. All three of those losses came in under 3 minutes. Despite his trio of vicious beatdowns, De Fries was able to score a pair of victories over Rob Broughton and Oli Thompson at UFC 138 and UFC on FOX 4, respectively.

Chris Spang: The Strikeforce veteran was only given one chance in the UFC and suffered a unanimous decision loss to fellow Strikeforce vet Adlan Amagov in a snoozer at UFC on FUEL 9 earlier in the month. Insert Leonard Garcia joke here.

Jimmy Quinlan, Gilbert Smith, Kevin Casey, Collin Hart, & Adam Cella: These TUF 17 alums suffered losses at the season finale to fellow castmates Dylan Andrews, Bubba McDaniel, Josh Samman, and Luke Barnatt, respectively. Cella, on the other hand, was choked out by Tor Troeng in the first round of their fight at UFC on FUEL 9. 

Commence the lighting of ceremonial candles and pouring out of a little liquor

-J. Jones

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realfighterfan- April 29, 2013 at 10:19 pm
Getting rid of Jon Fitch was the very best business decision the UFC has ever made
Mr_Misanthropy- April 29, 2013 at 3:18 pm
PS- To the Facebook bar:

Alan Belcher's eye didn't actually explode but his career did! Boom!
Mr_Misanthropy- April 29, 2013 at 3:16 pm
You guys don't waste your liquor on these guys you guys. Shit costs money and you can't buy it with food stamps.
omunto- April 29, 2013 at 11:28 am
Okay either I didn't read that last sentence and am an idiot or it was added. I'm betting on the former
omunto- April 29, 2013 at 11:26 am
Not a big deal but cella lost on fuel 9 not the ultimate fighter finale, to Tor Troeng.

Normally I wouldn't bring up something so trivial, but I've run out of things to read on this phone and I'm nowhere near done pooping yet...
albertov12- April 29, 2013 at 10:49 am
not mad, about it. These guys know UFC has a lot of good fighter. and If you put it all on the line, and you lose. You still can impress Dana. If these guy Put win together outside of the UFC they can make it back to the big show. good luck guys
Hutch- April 29, 2013 at 10:46 am
Cool. Now can we get rid of 95% of the other 16 seasons worth of fighters?
angry little feet- April 29, 2013 at 10:36 am
I'll light a candle - but no way am I wasting perfectly good hootch on this lot.
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