Light-heavyweight Brandon Vera and lightweights Marcus Davis and Antonio McKee have been cut from the UFC following their respective losses at UFC 125 last weekend, according to reports on MMAJunkie.com and MMAFighting.com.
MMAJunkie.com reported the releases of Vera and McKee earlier today. For Vera, his unanimous decision to Thiago Silva last weekend was his third straight loss, after suffering losses to Jon Jones and a close unanimous decision defeat to Randy Couture. Matt Stansell, Vera’s manager, noted that Vera already has interest from several promotions, although he wouldn’t provide specifics.
“Sometimes the highest-paying opportunities are not the best opportunities,” Stansell told MMAjunkie.com.
11-year MMA veteran McKee was released from his contract after suffering a dull split-decision loss to Jacob Volkmann at last Saturday’s event. It was McKee’s first fight in the UFC, and his first loss in 12 fights.
“Time for me to get my hustle on now, homie,” McKee told MMAJunkie.com via a text message. “No looking back. (I’m going to) destroy anything and everything in my way.”
MMAFighting.com reported the release of Davis earlier today. Davis’ loss to Jeremy Stephens in his lightweight debut was his fourth loss in his past five fights. Davis’ manager, Joe Cavallaro, says the long-time UFC veteran plans to keep fighting.
“I spoke to Marcus and he’d dedicated,” he said. “He felt good in the fight. He retained his power. It’s one thing if he looked like s—, we might be having a different conversation. But this is what he does, and he can’t wait to get back in there again.”