UFC Releases Mike Ricci
Posted by Joseph Lee on 09.28.2013
A finalist on The Ultimate Fighter 16...
MMA Junkie reports that the UFC has released The Ultimate Fighter 16 finalist Mike Ricci (8-4 MMA, 1-2 UFC) after a split decision loss to Myles Jury at UFC 165. This ends a 1-2 run for Ricci in the promotion.
HIs first fight was the tournament final of The Ultimate Fighter where he lost by decision to Colton Smith in December. He then defeated Colin Fletcher but loss to Jury by decision with scores of 29-28, 28-29 and 29-28. Cageside media scored the fight for Jury as well, although they said it was a more dominant performance.
Ricci won a $25,000 "Knockout of the Season" bonus on the show and was an early favorite to win. In the live final, he was a 3-1 favorite over Smith.