("No Love" has "No Job." Photo courtesy of UFC.com.)
Now that the country is losing jobs at a rate of almost 20,000/day, it was only a matter of time before the UFC’s contracted fighters began to feel the crunch. FiveOuncesofPain reports that the following fighters have been released from their contracts — and will now enter the worst job market since World War II:
— Rich Clementi was dropped shortly after tapping to a guillotine choke in the first round of his match with Gleison Tibau at Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 17. It was his second-consecutive loss in the Octagon, following a previous decision loss to Gray Maynard at UFC 90. This is actually the third time that the UFC has given Clementi his walking papers; he was also dropped after losing his first UFC fight to Yves Edwards in 2003, and again after going 1-2 following his stint on TUF 4 in 2006-7.
— Luigi Fioravanti was also cut after UFC Fight Night 17. Though he was able to score a decision win over Brodie Farber at "Fight for the Troops" in December, his first-round TKO loss to Anthony Johnson on Saturday was his fourth loss in his last six UFC appearances.
— American Kickboxing Academy fighter Christian Wellisch is out after losing his light-heavyweight debut against Jake O’Brien at UFC 94. The loss followed a previous 44-second knockout loss to Shane Carwin at UFC 84, and dropped his UFC record to 2-3.
— Derek Downey, who was brought in to replace Amir Sadollah on short notice at Saturday’s Fight Night show, won’t be given a second chance after being subbed by Nick Catone via keylock in the second round of their fight.