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UFC Roster Purge Claims Three More Victims

(It’s good to know that Tommy Speer has other skills to fall back on. Calf-lifting is a skill, right?)

We all knew these roster cuts wouldn’t be easy. With as many as fifty fighters scheduled to get the axe, some hearts are bound to get broken. Today Din Thomas, Tommy Speer, and Kuniyoshi Hironaka became the latest UFC fighters to hit the free agency market against their will. If you would, a moment of silence for the fallen.

Okay, that’s enough. While we’re all no doubt saddened by these departures, we should remember the good times.

Like Din Thomas. Remember when he was arrested for holding unlicensed fights at his gym in Florida? And remember when those charges were later dropped because of a loophole in state law? That was fun. Two losses in a row spelled doom for him, though, especially in the talent-rich lightweight division.

Or Kuniyoshi Hironaka. He won “Fight of the Night” for his bout with Jonathan Goulet at UFC 83. He received a nice bonus for his valiant effort in the loss, and then was shown the door for losing three of his four UFC fights.

And who could forget Tommy Speer? He made things easy on the editors of “The Ultimate Fighter” by repeatedly casting himself as a strong young farm boy every time the cameras turned his way. It was enough to get him to the finale, but a loss to Mac Danzig followed by ending up on the business end of a highlight reel KO by Anthony Johnson suggested that maybe he wasn’t ready for the big time just yet.

The important thing is that, while they may be gone from the UFC, they are not forgotten. Thomas could easily move down to 145 and be a strong contributor for one of the smaller organizations. Speer still needs a little seasoning, and working his way back up the ranks the old-fashioned way (not on a reality show) is probably the best way to do it.

As for Hironaka, he will likely return to Japan and perhaps join the sprawling but beautiful chaos that is Dream. That, or commit seppuku. Either way, we wish him the best.


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Paulito25- May 5, 2008 at 5:32 pm
Well im sure now Speer can go into a successfull country singing career..... I dont think you need skills for that either.
gmanlives- May 5, 2008 at 2:44 pm
Dana White is garbage and so is Kimbo and brok Lesner , Fedor controls MMA and UFC is pretty wack but unfortuantely until something better comes out UFC is it...sigh
Eric- May 5, 2008 at 12:08 pm
Din Thomas would have been a hell of a contender in WEC...gotta wonder about this
Earl- May 5, 2008 at 5:15 am
Opie Cunningham got knocked the fuck out!
Teachbug- May 5, 2008 at 3:51 am
Tommy speer laying against the cage, all crumpled up like a thrown away doll, watching the little tweety-birds around his head, and drooling like he was dreaming of chicken-sex, due to a massive knock-out, was just to damn funny. getting cut couldnt have happened to a better person.
the chick- May 5, 2008 at 1:31 am
Poor Tommy Speer was never ready for the bright lights of the UFC.
kamander- May 5, 2008 at 1:15 am
Thomas is hardly getting cut. He's dropping down to 145.

Yeah DW has to make room for the WEC guys. So maybe we'll see Thomas back in the UFC afterall.
Dota- May 4, 2008 at 10:51 pm
Most of these cuts are good imo. But what i find odd is why is DW cutting these people when there is so much competition among the new promotions. Sure most of the people that are cut will never be a Liddell or a Fedor, but still. DW is up to something here or am i wrong?
Andrej- May 4, 2008 at 9:47 pm
But Pete Sell will alway's be remebered for submiting Phil Baroni and for his loss to Steve Smith who is gone as well.

Might want to get rid of Luke Cummo wich does absolutely nutta in the welterweight division. Luke Cummo should be shown the door and tell him not to fall on his ass on the way out. After is god awfull preformance against Forrest Petz can you amagine him fighting the Champion? or even Roan Carneiro? or any decent fighter on the ground? very sad! loose the bagage.
nelly- May 4, 2008 at 9:12 pm
Pete "Drago" Sell = 4 losses in a row, WHAT THE HELL DANA WHITE?!?!?!