Yesterday, UFC made some changes to their fight roster, cutting ties with five fighters.
Igor Pokrajac, a twelve-time Octagon veteran was cut. He has been on a four fight losing streak, having dropped bouts to Vinny Magalhaes, Ryan Jimmo, Rafael Cavalcante, and Marcos Rogerio de Lima. The Croatian lightweight posted notable wins in his UFC tenure, picking up victories over Fabio Maldonado, Krzysztof Soszynski and James Irvin. His losing streak almost went to five when he lost to Joey Beltran at UFC on FX 6, but that decision was overturned when Beltran failed a post-fight drug test.
Rodrigo Damm participated in “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil.” Damm debuted strong in UFC, winning three of his first four bouts. That streak didn’t continue, however and Damm lost his last three fights. His most recent outing at UFC 182 ended in a unanimous decision loss to Evan Dunham.
Tom Niinimaki was impressive when he debuted in the promotion. He picked up a split decision over a strong grappler in Rani Yahya on the “TUF 18″ finale. However, Niinimaki lost three straight fights against Niklas Backstrom, Chas Skelly and Renato Carneiro, losing all of them by rear-naked choke submission.
Mike Rhodes came to UFC as a heralded prospect out of the Roufusport camp. He made three appearances in UFC, losing all three. He dropped decisions to George Sullivan and Robert Whittaker, then earned his pink slip by bowing out after the first round against Erick Silva at UFC Fight Night “Machida vs. Dollaway.”
Sean Soriano, the final cut, also went 0-3 in the Octagon. His last appearance was at UFC Fight Night “McGregor vs. Siver,” where he tapped out to Charles Rosa via brabo choke approximately 4 minutes into the third round.