In its most recent rankings, UFC has released 6 more fighters from the fighters’ pool.
While on one hand many fighters are getting their names axed from the rankings, there are fighters who have made big leaps in their rankings.
Rankings have been updated following UFC Vegas 25 which was held on May 1.
In a tweet, Aaron Bronsteter listed out the names of the fighters who were axed from the rankings in the latest update.
The fighters who have been released from the rankings are Luke Sanders, Anthony Birchak, Aalon Cruz, Jordan Griffin, Bartosz Fabinski, and KB Bhullar.
The following athletes have been removed from the UFC rankings pool: Luke Sanders, Anthony Birchak, Aalon Cruz, Jordan Griffin, Bartosz Fabinski and KB Bhullar.— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) May 7, 2021
Why did these fighters get axed?
Sanders lost Felipe Colares in a featherweight bout on May 1st via unanimous decision. Prior to that, he was defeated by Nathan Mannes last year via submission.
Anthony Birchak has failed to impress since his return to UFC in 2020. He lost against Gustavo Lopez via submission. In his latest match, he was defeated by Tony Gravely.
Aalon Cruz lost his last two fights against Uros Medic and Spike Carlyle respectively. In both his fights, he got knocked out in the first round itself.
Griffin, too, lost both of his previous matches. His recent defeat came at the hands of Luis Saldana in April last month. He had previously lost to Youssef Zalal last year.
Like all the others in this last, Fabinski was not able to secure a win in his last two matches. He was first defeated by Gerald Meerschaert and then by Andre Muniz.
A loss at the hands of Andreas Michailidis led to KB Bhullar getting axed from the UFC rankings. He had previously lost to Tom Breese last year.
But, it’s not all bad news. After his spectacular win at the UFC Vegas 25 against Dominick Reyes, Jiri Prochazka was placed 2nd in the UFC rankings.
In a brief career of just two matches, he has shown an incredible display of skill and talent.
With UFC 262 around the corner, many fighters will be looking to secure a place in the rankings.