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Thales Leites and George Roop Released by UFC

Thales LeitesAs speculated on Wednesday after their profiles were removed, recent middleweight title challenger Thales Leites and lightweight TUF 8 castmember George Roop have both been released from their UFC contracts, according to MMA Fanhouse.

The latest cuts follow the release of welterweights Tamdan McCrory and Dan Cramer on Wednesday, all of which were in action at Satuday’s UFC 101 event.

Leites (9-1), who won five-straight UFC fights after falling to Martin Kampmann in his UFC debut, was recently dealt back-to-back decision losses to middleweight champ Anderson Silva and Alessio Sakara.

Roop (9-5), a semifinalist on The Ultimate Fighter 8, lost to Shane Nelson at The Ultimate Fighter 8 Finale before rebounding with a split decision victory over Dave Kaplan, but was cut following second-round submission defeat to George Sotiropoulos on Saturday.

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Pictured: Thales Leites

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