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Franca, Wilson, Aurelio, McCully Now Eligible to Fight for Strikeforce

(I know what you’re wondering, and yes, the carpet matches the drapes. Photo courtesy of CombatLifestyle.)

God damn this economy. After some hard decisions, the UFC has been forced to cut four members of its workforce. MMA Survival has noticed that the following fighters have been removed from the Fighters section

Hermes Franca: Franca’s TKO loss to Tyson Griffin at UFC 103 was his third defeat in four fights. Franca missed weight for the contest by an embarassing four pounds, and put in an uninspired performance while sporting some seriously jacked-up hair. Franca previously served a one-year suspension for steroids. It was only a matter of time.

Chris Wilson: The Professor kicked off 2009 by losing to John Howard at UFC 94. Then, he was the victim of a terifying robbery in Brazil, was forced to drop out of UFC 98 due to incomplete paperwork, and was finally choked out by Mike Pyle at UFC Fight Night 19. It was Wilson’s third Octagon loss in four attempts, and now he’s been released by the organization. So, not the greatest year for Chris, really.

Marcus Aurelio: Given one more chance to prove himself in the UFC after being released last year — following back-to-back decision losses to Tyson Griffin and Hermes Franca — Aurelio failed again at UFC 102, dropping a split-decision to lightweight prospect Evan Dunham. Aurelio’s overall UFC record now stands at 2-4.

Justin McCully: It’s possible that the UFC just got sick of the dude’s horrendous nickname. McCully’s decision loss to Mike Russow at UFC 102 dropped his UFC record to a middling 2-2 — no, he didn’t drop consecutive fights, but he’s not particularly exciting, and he’s proven that he’ll never be a force in his division. Unless you’re Stephan Bonnar, that’s not a exactly recipe for continued employment.

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SofaKingNyce- October 5, 2009 at 5:16 pm
Since when did Oompa Loompas get into MMA?
Strife- October 5, 2009 at 2:34 pm
Not a boner, we've all used the old sock trick
Smitty- October 5, 2009 at 10:42 am
I didn't know Franca was black.......
Jeffro- October 5, 2009 at 8:57 am
Funny, I had a boner after I dyed my hair purple, too. I think its prett safe to say that Hermes is a "Grower", not a "Shower".
Bob Reilly- October 5, 2009 at 8:52 am
@ Ouch that hurts: Nice!
ksgbobo- October 5, 2009 at 8:35 am
Okay, I'll say it...whats up with the pitched tent?
GEE-yuh-TEEN- October 5, 2009 at 7:58 am
lol @ Ouch
GEE-yuh-TEEN- October 5, 2009 at 7:57 am
I hope these guys can find work elsewhere. I'm sure Dana was generous with the severance...
K.E.G.- October 5, 2009 at 7:56 am
McCully is the absolute fucking worst. I don't know who he's beaten besides hardonk, but I wanted to see him dropped after that fight. That was easily one of the worst fights of the year. But at least it gives Strikeforce another challenger for Fedor. Given there level of HW talent that fight could be about par for the course. And what the fuck happened to Aurelio? he showed flashes of greatness then he just seemed to forget how to fight at all.
Ouch That hurts- October 5, 2009 at 7:56 am
Now he's the "UnMployed1"
omunto- October 5, 2009 at 7:49 am
Good I dislike every one of those fighters. I don't know if I Could take another Barncat level firing...