Days after the UFC cut welterweight Charlie Brenneman from the roster, four more fighters have been released from the organization.
Japanese fighters Eiji Mitsouka and featherweight Michihiro Omigawa, American featherweight Tommy Hayden and bantamweight Walel Watson have been released by the promotion.
Three of the four fighters were cut after losing their last two fights while Watson is currently on a three-fight losing streak, his most recent defeat coming at the hands of Mitch Gagnon, who submitted Watson with a rear naked choke 69 seconds into the first round at UFC 152.
Although getting cut from the UFC may seem like a step down for these fighters, each one has a chance to further their career in newer promotions like World Series of Fighting.
Omigawa and Mitsouka could end up fighting back in Japan after their release as both fighters have found success in the “Land of the Rising Sun” prior to fighting in the UFC. They could also get some fights in Asian promotions like One FC and Super Fight League.
While he’s been fighting since 2008, Hayden still has a long way to go in his career. Before his two losses in the UFC, he had won his first eight fights. If Hayden can rack up a few wins on his record outside of the UFC, he may get a call to come back to the octagon.
Watson, who is currently 9-5, could find himself in a similar position as Hayden. Before the three-fight losing streak, he scored a first round TKO in his UFC debut against Joseph Sandoval in 2011.
If Watson can get back on the winning track, he may once again be a part of the UFC’s roster. He could also try his luck in the flyweight division, which could get the UFC’s attention if they are looking to add more fighters to their 125 pound weight class.
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