UFC fighters who have been struggling lately won’t be happy to hear that the promotion is carrying too many athletes on its payroll, according to UFC President Dana White.
After this weekend’s UFC 166 card, where John Dodson took out Darrell Montague in impressive fashion and won “Knockout of the Night,” the victorious flyweight begged the promotion to book him for another fight ASAP. Saturday’s fight marked the first time Dodson had fought since January, when he lost by unanimous decision to reigning champion Demetrious Johnson at UFC on FOX 6.
Of course, Dodson isn’t the first fighter to say they’d like to fight more often, and when asked about the situation here’s what White had to say (comments via MMA Junkie.com):
“Our roster is too full,” White said. “Guys have to get fights.”
“Every time after a show we cut a guy, and they’re like, ‘F–k you, Dana White. You’re an idiot. This guy is’ – shut the f–k up,” he said. “Let us run our business. The roster’s too full, and we want to be good to guys that deserve to be good to.”
White also tied the issue to the recent release of middleweight contender Yushin Okami, who was let go after he was stopped by “Jacare” Souza last month (despite the fact he went 13-5 in the promotion).
“Guys like (Yushin) Okami – I like Okami a lot. He’s a great guy. But when guys lose, (or) when guys are at certain points in their career, or whatever it might be, guys have to be cut to thin this roster out, so guys like Dodson can continue to fight.”
With UFC 166 now in the books, chances are a couple of more cuts to the roster could be coming.
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