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Brandon Vera, Antonio McKee & Marcus Davis Released From The UFC

Brandon Vera has been released from the UFC following his loss to Thiago Silva at UFC 125, according to Five Ounces of Pain.

Were those things not enough, according to a source near the situation, Five Ounces of Pain has learned the lanky light heavyweight also received a pink-slip from the UFC as a result of the loss.

It’s hardly surprising given this was his third straight loss in the UFC, not to mention the fact that even when he won, he didn’t look all that great. Vera showed a lot of promise early in his career, but never looked the same after a contract dispute put him on the sidelines for nearly a year in 2006-2007.

One release that is surprising is Antonio McKee.

In a move perhaps reflecting the UFC’s unstated policy on performance, newly signed Antonio McKee has been cut from the company’s roster after a single split-decision defeat inside the Octagon.

Prior to making his UFC debut against Jacob Volkmann, McKee was undefeated in his last 15 fights. I haven’t seen the Volkmann fight, but it did end in a split decision. McKee does have a reputation of being a boring fighter that talks a lot of trash, but still, you would think a close loss would at least earn him one more shot. Maybe those ridiculous comments about comparing GSP to him did him in.

Next up is Marcus Davis.

After 15 fights, four fight-night bonuses, a spot on the organization’s reality series, former welterweight title contention, and a handful of high-profile international fights, Marcus Davis (17-8 MMA, 9-6 UFC) received his UFC walking papers following a UFC 125 loss to Jeremy Stephens.

Davis’ manager, Joe Cavallaro, today confirmed the release with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).

Davis’ knockout loss to Jeremy Stephens was his second in a row. Before the UFC-WEC merger, I bet Davis would have been given one more chance, but with less roster spots in each division, UFC staples like Davis don’t even have a lot of job security. Davis plans to continue fighting at 155 with the goal of returning to the UFC.

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