In an ongoing effort by the UFC to trim their contract roster, the organization has recently dispensed of lightweight Din Thomas, and welterweights Kuniyoshi Hironaka and Tommy Speer, according to the latest print edition of The Wrestling Observer.
Din Thomas, a veteran of The Ultimate Fighter 4: The Comeback, has put up back-to-back losses against Kenny Florian and Josh Neer, and will now look to fight elsewhere at 145lbs as planned. Thomas had recently expressed interest in fighting at featherweight in the WEC, but his wishes have not been granted, as he has reportedly been let go by Zuffa completely.
Tommy Speer gets the axe following his highlight reel knockout loss to Anthony Johnson at UFC Fight Night 13. Prior to that, Speer was the runner-up on The Ultimate Fighter 6, losing to now-lightweight, Mac Danzig, at the finale of the show.
Kuniyoshi Hironaka has only had one win since competing in the UFC, which was over Forrest Petz last year at UFC Fight Night 9. Hironaka’s first fight inside the octagon was a decision loss to Jon Fitch, and his last two performances both resulted in TKO’s losses, at the hands of Thiago Alves and most recently Jonathan Goulet.
Additional fighters confirmed to have been released from their UFC contracts include Travis Lutter, Jake Oâ€™Brien, Kalib Starnes, Joe Doerksen, David Heath, Charles McCarthy, and John Halverson as well as many recent “Ultimate Fighter” cast members.