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Chopping Block: Howard And Winner Dropped From UFC

This summer has been host to some of the UFC’s most exciting cards to date, but, as it goes, not everyone was able to emerge a winner and the UFC has trimmed its roster of those who fell to defeat one too many times.

UK lightweight fighter Andre Winner has been dropped from his UFC contract — which he first earned by virtue of being the runner-up on the ninth season of The Ultimate Fighter — following a unanimous decision defeat to former WEC fighter Anthony Njokuani. Njokuani defeated Winner at UFC 132 with the use of a varied striking attack, which seemed to be too much for the boxing-oriented style of the 29-year-old Team Rough House fighter. That defeat marked the third in a row for Winner, a number which almost always signals the end for a fighter in the UFC.

Prior to that loss, Winner was bested consecutively by Dennis Siver (UFC 122 – Sub., 3:37 of Rd. 1) and Nik Lentz (UFC 118 – UD). His career record now stands at 11-6, his promotional mark at 2-4.

John Howard joins Winner on the chopping block, having come up short against Matt Brown at UFC on Versus 4 in late June. Brown took Howard in a unanimous decision, marking “Doomsday’s” third consecutive defeat. His string of losses began with a TKO (Doctor’s Stoppage) to Jake Ellenberger and continued with a unanimous decision defeat to former contender Thiago Alves. Prior to that, Howard had gone undefeated in four UFC bouts, taking out Chris Wilson, Tamdan McCrory, Dennis Hallman and Daniel Roberts.. His overall record stands at 14-7.