Over at ProElite there’s a list of additional fighters on the losing end of the “TUF 6” stick that have been cut by the UFC. We mentioned Richie Hightower and Dorian Price already. Joining them are John Kolosci, Paul Georgieff, Dan Barrera, Blake Bowman and Billy Miles. ProElite states:
This is a large amount of cuts so close after a TUF season has ended. The combination between casting inexperienced fighters coupled with welterweight being the UFC’s deepest division is the likely reason behind the high number of cuts.
Hightower was a quarter-finalist and his agent, Ken Pavia (there he is again), has stated that Richie will be back and it seems the plan is for him to go get some quality fights under his belt at 170 – he used to fight at 240 – and then try to come back to the UFC. It didn’t take long to find a home, because Hightower has already signed with the Palace Fighting Championship joint in California.
None of these are surprises. All the fighters lost and weren’t impressive enough to warrant them living in Dana’s World any longer. “TUF 6” finished up December 8th and featured 16 welterweights. Even with so many fighters getting the hook, some of the show’s other participants are moving up the UFC ladder. Finalist Tommy Speer looks poised to step into the cage with Anthony “Rumble” Johnson at UFC Fight Night 13 and Mac Danzig seems ready to go at a moment’s notice – via this interview that just came out today. If anyone else’s neck lands on the chopping block, we’ll holla at ya.