Sherdog.com is reporting that former International Fight League standout Chris “The Polish Hammer” Horodecki has been released from his Zuffa, LLC. contract following his losing performance on the WEC’s last fight card before being fully absorbed by the UFC earlier this month.
“I got the call yesterday,” Horodecki said when reached for comment by Sherdog. “It is what it is.”
Horodecki’s contract termination comes after a second round submission loss to WEC standout Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone at WEC 53: Henderson vs. Pettis, which saw the 23-year old hold his own against Cerrone until the fight hit the floor. Once on the mat, Cerrone locked up a triangle choke and, after taking a few moments to adjust the submission, he forced Horodecki to submit.
The studying paramedic must now go back to the drawing board and earn wins in other promotions if he hopes to fulfill his goal of fighting in the UFC.
Fighting out of London, Ontario, Canada, Horodecki made his MMA debut in 2005 at 18-years old. He would rise to prominence in the now defunct IFL promotion, remaining undefeated in twelve fights before suffering his first professional loss to Ryan Schultz. He would make his WEC debut two years later, losing in that effort to Anthony Njokuani by first round TKO. Horodecki would bounce back from that loss by racking up two wins in a row over Danny Downes and Ed Ratcliff, but would then stumble against Cerrone.
At 16-3 as a pro and 2-2 under the Zuffa umbrella, the only explanation for Horodecki’s loss is that the lightweight division is now subject to more scrutiny in regards to contract releases being that it is the only overlapping division between the WEC and UFC.