Nine times out of ten when a UFC fighter gets cut there’s a pretty good reason why. This one falls under that other 10%.
Assuming it’s not a fake Twitter account, Jake Rosholt tweeted earlier today that the UFC has released him from his contract.
Not a good day. Just found out I got cut by the #UFC
Typically, the UFC only cuts fighters after consecutive losses or when they feel they’re overpaid. Not the case here. Rosholt did just lose to Kendall Grove at UFC 106, but he was winning the fight right up until he got caught in a sneaky triangle choke. He only made $15,000 in show money. Prior to that, he submitted Chris Leben with an arm-triangle. Not exactly the type of performances that earn you a UFC pink slip.
Honestly, this one makes no sense whatsoever, so hopefully it’s all just one big misunderstanding. The kid may not be ready to take on the middleweight division’s elite, but he has a lot of potential.
Update: Rosholt is definitely out of the UFC. His manager confirmed the news with Sherdog, but sounded optimistic Jake would be back after a few wins outside the organization.
“I didn’t think he’d be released,” Ehrhardt said. “He had one fight left on his contract, and we thought he’d at least get that. He had a good performance [against Grove] up until he got caught. He was winning the fight. He’s young. We’ll go out and get some wins and be back.”
“We’ll look to get some quick fights in, three or four fights in the first six months of the year, and then we’ll go back and talk with [UFC matchmaker] Joe [Silva],” Ehrhardt said. “We’ve got plenty of time. I think he’s going to be one of the top middleweights.”