As many of you know the UFC has a tendency to trim fighters that don’t do well early in their UFC career from their roster. That trend has continued this week as the UFC has cut three more fighters, Mike Ciesnolevicz, Tim Boetsch, and Frank Lester.
Ciesnolevicz was released following his first round TKO loss to Thomas Drwal on Saturday night, after going 1-1 in his short stint in the UFC. Ciesnolevicz debuted in the UFC stepping in on short notice and moving up a weight class to defeat fellow debutant Neil Grove via heel hook at UFC 96. He stepped in on short notice again Saturday night, this time at Light heavyweight (a weight class he failed to meet the requirements for) and was defeated by Drwal. According to MMAWeekly stepping up twice on short notice and going 1-1 wasn’t enough to keep him employed.
Tim Boetsch has also had a history of stepping in on short notice for the UFC earning an impressive victory in his debut against David Heath, but only managed a cumulative 2-2 record in the UFC. His last defeat was an uninspiring loss to Jason Brilz at UFC 96, which prompted the UFC to release him. It is rumored that he may find his way to Strikeforce for his next fight.
In the case of Frank Lester, it appears that gutsy performances on “The Ultimate Fighter”, and becoming the only fighter brought back into the show to pick up a win were not enough to keep him around. CagePotato is reporting that the UFC released Lester after going 2-2 during his stint on TUF (both losses coming to eventual winner, James Wilks), and suffering a loss to fellow TUF combatant Nick Osipczak at the TUF 9 Finale. Lester leaves the promotion with a 3-3 professional record.