(How quickly they forget that time you totally jumped out of that pool.)
It’s a real bummer of a Monday for Jake Rosholt, as the 8-2 middleweight announced on his Twitter that he’s been cut from the UFC following a first-round submission loss to Kendall Grove at UFC 106. Rosholt was terse about the whole thing, writing only: "Not a good day. Just found out I got cut by the #UFC."
Rosholt, a Division I wrestling champ and four-time All American at Oklahoma State, was undefeated before transitioning from the WEC to the UFC earlier this year, but he’s gone 1-2 since stepping in the Octagon, with his lone win coming via arm triangle chokeout against Chris Leben at UFC 102 in August. What’s got to make this a really tough pill for Rosholt to swallow is that, right up until he got caught in that triangle, he was dominating Grove. He pushed him all over the cage, took him down with ease, and appeared to be on his way toward a quick victory. But one little mistake cost him the fight, and as an extra little kick in the balls he now he finds himself out of a job.
Obviously some other organization can find a use for him, and it seems very likely that he’ll make his way back to the UFC in the future, but for right now it has to sting knowing that he should be spending his win bonus and thinking about who’s next. Instead he’s circling the MMA want ads and reusing Ziploc bags to save money. Just goes to show how easily fortunes change in this sport. Keep your head up, Jake.