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Eliot Marshall and Shannon Gugerty Get Fired + More UFC on Versus Notes

(Momma said there’d be days like this. Photo courtesy of Spike.)

Well, this is never easy, but unfortunately we have to deliver some bad news — the services of TUF 8 veteran Eliot Marshall and Shannon Gugerty will no longer be needed in the Octagon. Though both fighters suffered defeats on the preliminary card of Sunday’s UFC on Versus event, Marshall’s firing is somewhat surprising, since his split-decision loss to Vladimir Matyushenko followed three straight wins over Jules Bruchez, Vinny Magalhaes, and Jason Brilz. But his loss to the Janitor isn’t the first time that Marshall has put in a dull performance, and he could have been released simply because he isn’t exciting enough. Naturally, Marshall isn’t happy about it:

"It is what it is, man. What do you want me to say? It sucks. What can you do? It’s my own fault, and that’s how it goes…I could have fought better. I could have fought more aggressively. I thought Vladdy wasn’t really engaging much; it was hard for me to find my distance with him…I’m disappointed in myself. I didn’t fight to the best of my abilities.
"I beat Brilz, and he gets a little easier of a fight, and I get a little bit harder fight. And now, I’m the one that’s not there anymore, even though I fought a top-15 guy. I guess I should have lost the Brilz fight and fought Eric Schafer."

As for Gugerty, his submission loss to Clay Guida was his second straight loss, and dropped his overall UFC record to 2-3. Have Chase Gormley and Paul Buentello somehow escaped this round of layoffs, or will we be hearing about their firings in the near future? Stay tuned.

Speaking of UFC on Versus…

— The show didn’t exactly set the world on fire, ratings-wise, pulling in 1,240,000 viewers. While that was enough to draw a solid 1.66 rating among males age 18-34, it actually fell short of the WEC’s two best showings, WEC 34 (1,540,000) and WEC 41 (1,300,000). The viewership for free UFC events on Spike TV (which is available in more homes than Versus) is usually above 2 million.

— Nevertheless, the UFC is planning at least one more Versus show this year. The next one is expected to be held August 1st at the Oracle Arena in Oakland. Formerly the Oakland Coliseum, the Oracle is the home of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors, and has a maximum capacity of almost 20,000.

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Jason Statham- August 21, 2011 at 7:37 pm
i am not too sure the actual reason they got fired.
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fatbellyfrank- March 24, 2010 at 10:37 pm
@ dranokills, did someone forget their happy face today? keep up the good work Rex13, made me laugh
fatbellyfrank- March 24, 2010 at 10:35 pm
@Superkip, sound's like a sure thing to me, cool
dranokills- March 24, 2010 at 10:10 pm
Rex13 keep up the great work you 13 year old you. you are so awesome for a 13 year old, I'm sure CP will reward you like they do ALL great posters who leave asinine remarks on their board.

So back to the topic at hand: yeah, see ya guys, your a dime a dozen, go be a second rate strikefarce player, buh bye.
AussieJosh- March 24, 2010 at 2:47 pm
ReX13 Your a funny motherfucker! Keep it up and im sure Cage will give you a free T shirt or somthing!
LET IT RAIN- March 24, 2010 at 2:15 pm
in regards to the ratings, what do you expect? the weekend in the beginning of March Madness(check), first ever show on Versus(check), on a Sunday night(check). I think the next one will definitely have more viewers unless they do it in the middle of the World Cup which probably wouldn't be a good idea.
ReX13- March 24, 2010 at 12:35 pm
KingZipperhed>> No worries. If i actually start a meme on CP, i'll seriously consider buying some gear from MMAWarehouse for normal everyday activities.

KingZipperhed- March 24, 2010 at 12:30 pm
im such a noob i got to start getting up earlier
KingZipperhed- March 24, 2010 at 12:29 pm
goddamnit rex13 here i am thinking i was all witty switching around your troll from fedor/werdum and you beat me to it hours ago (shakes head in disgust) i am butters you are the simpsons damnit
Ryan_Johnson- March 24, 2010 at 11:33 am
It's funny when someone writes a huge paragraph on here, like anyone actually cares enough to read it
KidDinomite- March 24, 2010 at 10:49 am
Hopefully the next time the UFC has an event on Versus, they won't remind us every 5 minutes that it's a free card. Goldberg mentioned it at least 15 times before the 2nd fight got underway.
LockDown- March 24, 2010 at 10:34 am
Feel bad for Marshall, boy had 3-1 and got dumped. They already had plans for him when he made his debut in UFC.
superkip- March 24, 2010 at 9:23 am
Elliot? You're gonna name the kid Elliot? No, you can't name the kid Elliot. Elliot is a fat kid with glasses who eats paste. You're not gonna name the kid Elliot. You gotta give him a real name. Give him a name. Like Nick.
Yeah, Nick. Nick's a real name. Nick's your buddy. Nick's the kind of guy you can trust, the kind of guy you can drink a beer with, the kind of guy who doesn't mind if you puke in his car, Nick!
cecils_pupils- March 24, 2010 at 9:09 am
Rex13 - your sarcasm is dripping today... try not to get any on your shoes. ;)~
Eckmann82- March 24, 2010 at 8:34 am
I'm excited that the UFC is finally coming to the Bay Area as well. One small correction though, the Oakland Coliseum and the Oracle Arena are two different buildings; just in the same parking lot. The Coliseum is where the A's and Raiders play, and the Arena is where the Warriors play. Should be a fun location for some fights and I know I'll be one of the first in line for tickets.
budsellers- March 24, 2010 at 8:30 am
i am so stoked for ufc on versus 2 in the sf east bay...
BryanF- March 24, 2010 at 8:30 am
I remember watching Eliot Marshall on TUF 8...snooze...he was so boring and stiff you could put a stripper on him and have her do a routine
Viva Hate- March 24, 2010 at 8:29 am
I must agree Rex13 is my favorite poster as well, he is a master of assholery
Crap Factory- March 24, 2010 at 8:28 am
I'm surprised Marshall was fired. While his fights were somewhat boring, a win is a win. With a 6 and 1 pro record, I figured the UFC would keep someone like him.
Sakuraba3900- March 24, 2010 at 8:12 am
Rex with your comments in the previous post and this one right heeah you have earned the honor of being one of my favorite posters just with your ability to display assholeness with no asshole can appreciate another. I applaud you.
fACE7biter- March 24, 2010 at 8:09 am
If the Spike shows do better, its probably because more UFC fans are accustomed to tuning into that channel by now. Alot of us have never watched Versus, and it's up somewhere in the hundreds on most cable providers, making it a little bit of chore to find.

The firing of Eliot Marshall is straight bullshit. Three straight wins and a decision loss should not warrant a firiing when losers and has beens like Phil Baroni, Chris Leben, and Paul Buentello are allowed to stick around.
ReX13- March 24, 2010 at 7:56 am
Anyone know if this Gugerty guy is any good? I don't think he's ever had a StrikeForce fight.
h.o.n.k.y.k.o.n.g- March 24, 2010 at 7:42 am
Don't try to understand what's going on in Dana's mind. He's a step ahead of all of us.

Think about it, though... in pro sports, if you f*** around and the boss/coach/GM thinks you need a kick in the arse, you get sent to the minors. This is much the same. Losing to Vladdy isn't the end of the world, but it's enough to show the brass that you either don't fully appreciate the opportunity in front of you and need a reminder of what it's like out in the cold, frozen wasteland that is regional shows in Colorado, or that you simply don't have the full skill set required to keep from getting your ass kicked when you eventually jump into the deep end of the deepest pool in the company.

As for firing Shannon Gugerty, well.... shit I can't even picture the guy. I won't miss him much, but hopefully his wife/gf still thinks enough of him to keep her from running off with that guy from her gym. Side note: What if you have a girl's name, and your girl has a masculine name? Like say, her name is Donna, but her friends all call her "Don". Wow. I just blew my own mind. Imagine how awkward THAT would be.
Viva Hate- March 24, 2010 at 7:41 am
So many people missed out on broken faces and dislocated fingers, tisk tisk.