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UFC Makes Cuts, Releases Jon Fitch

See who else Dana White axed.

Although he's ranked ninth among welterweights by ESPN.com and UFC.com, Jon Fitch was released by UFC on Tuesday.

Franklin McNeil posted the following on ESPN.com Wednesday evening:

Perennial welterweight contender Jon Fitch was among 16 fighters released Tuesday by UFC.

UFC president Dana White confirmed the promotion's decision to MMAFighting.com on Wednesday.

Fitch's release comes a little more than two weeks after his lopsided unanimous decision loss to Demian Maia on Feb. 2 at UFC 156 in Las Vegas.

That loss was the second for Fitch in his four most recent outings — he was 1-2-1 during that span.

A former top welterweight contender, Fitch came up short in his bid for the UFC title on Aug. 9, 2008. He lost by unanimous decision to champion Georges St. Pierre at UFC 87 in Minneapolis.

Light heavyweight Vladimir Matyushenko, heavyweight Mike Russow, lightweights Terry Etim and Jacob Volkmann  and featherweight Josh Grisp were among the fighters also released by UFC on Tuesday.

Here is the complete list of fighters cut according to Yahoo! Sports:

Jon Fitch
Wagner Prado
Mike Russow
Jacob Volkmann
Vladimir Matyushenko
Che Mills
Jay Hieron
Terry Etim
Paul Sass
Jorge Santiago
Mike Stumpf
Simeon Thoresen
C.J. Keith
Motonobu Tezuka
Josh Grispi
Ulysses Gomez

Some MMA purists are in a small uproar over Fitch's release, saying that this cut proves the UFC doesn't care about their own rankings and favor entertainment value over competition value.

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