UFC Releases Four More Fighters Including Josh Neer and Brock Jardine
Posted by Joseph Lee on 03.30.2013
After their losses at UFC 157...
MMA Junkie reports that four more fighters have been released from the UFC after their losses five weeks ago at UFC 157. These include Josh Neer (33-13-1 MMA, 6-9 UFC), Brock Jardine (9-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC), Caros Fodor (7-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and Jon Manley (7-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC). It wasn't officially announced by UFC, but all four fighters' profiles were removed from UFC.com. It's UFC policy not to officially comment on personnel or contract matters.
Neer returned to UFC in 2011 for a fourth run, based on his four straight wins (and six wins in seven fights) since his 2009 release. He started with a TKO win over Keith Wisniewsky and choked out Duane Ludwig. However, he then had three straight losses to Mike Pyle, Justin Edwards and Court McGee (by decision at UFC 157). Jardine submitted in the first round of a fight to Kenny Robertson on the preliminary card. It was his second after losing in his debut in June 2012 to Rick Story. He was 9-1 before he signed with UFC.
Manley reached the semifinals (after three wins) of season 16 of The Ultimate Fighter but lost a unanimous decision to winner Colton Smith. At UFC 157, he lost by unanimous decision to Neil Magny. Meanwhile, Fodor was 5-0 in Strikeforce before being submitted by Pat Healy in March 2012. He went to UFC after Strikeforce closed, but then lost by split decision to Sam Stout.
After the release of sixteen fighters in February, Dana White said the company had to make over 100 cuts in 2013. The Feburary cuts include Jon Fitch, who was 14-3-1 at the time.