Ariel Helwani just came out with a blockbuster on Twitter that the UFC has cut 16 fighters, including former welterweight championship contender Jon Fitch.
Helwani’s story also listed the other fighters cut: Wagner Prado, Mike Russow, Jacob Volkmann, Vladimir Matyushenko, Che Mills, Jay Hieron, Terry Etim, Paul Sass, Jorge Santiago, Mike Stumpf, Simeon Thoresen, C.J. Keith, Motonobu Tezuka, Josh Grispi and Ulysses Gomez.
Making it a tad awkward was Gomez’s reaction to Helwani’s tweet:
@arielhelwani I got released?!?!? What! Serious?
— Ulysses Gomez (@uselessgomez) February 20, 2013
Each of the 16 fighters had lost his most recent fight, but one usually had to piece together a two- or three-fight losing streak to get dropped by the UFC. Those days are apparently no longer.
The 34-year-old Fitch (24-5-1) lost a three-round unanimous decision to Demian Maia at UFC 156 on Feb. 2 to fall to 1-2-1 in his past four fights. He was ninth in the most recent UFC welterweight rankings, which are voted on by the media.