Less than 24 hours after UFC fighters Thales Leites and Tamdan McCrory were reportedly cut from the organization, company president Dana White reinstated the pair after fans lashed out at the UFC for dropping such talented competitors.
Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports spoke with White, and was told that he wasn’t aware of plans to drop either of the fighters, and he would reinstate them if that was the case.
McCrory’s manager, Chris Palmquist, told MMAWeekly.com on Friday, “Verbally, I was notified on Monday that he was going to be released, but I have not received an official release letter (which is usually the case) from the UFC, nor have I been told anything different.”
McCrory holds an 11-3 mark, however is only 3-3 inside the Octagon. He dropped a tough split decision to up-and-comer John Howard this past weekend at UFC 101.
Prior to his current two-fight skid, Leites had won 14 of his previous 15 contests. His only loss was against Xtreme Couture stud Martin Kampmann in November 2006.
Leites owns a 14-3 overall record, however when you lose in uninspired fashion, consecutively, you better believe that your head is on the chopping block. His poor showing against Silva at UFC 97 spoke volumes in regards to his mind-set when it comes to performing on MMA’s biggest stage.
At time of publication, both fighters were still excluded from the UFC’s official roster.