Only fighting once per-year since signing to the promotion in 2010, Rocha tasted victory just once inside the Octagon, his UFC debut where he defeated TUF finalist Kris McCray with a beautiful kneebar in November of that year. The Team Nogueira product went on to lose a spirited decision to Jake Ellenberger the following February. After a quick glimpse the Brazilian’s ground game, the Nebraskan wanted no more, opting to keep the fight standing. “Ta Danado” most recently lost to Mike Pierce earlier this month at UFC on FX 3, being outmuscled over the course of three rounds.
Following his release, Rocha was not short on words about the situation or Mike Pierce. The absolutely livid Brazilian told Tatame:
This is bullshit. UFC fires me after a fight where the guy just stood there stalling. I had good performances and even so I was cut off. I didn’t expect this.
Wasn’t he the one who said he’d fight any Brazilian because it’s an easy fight? I thought he could come for me but he didn’t. He didn’t attack me on the clinch, he didn’t hit me nor let me hit him. That’s not MMA.
Rocha’s two UFC losses stands as the only blemishes on his professional record. While it remains to be seen where the Brazilian goes from here, it would seem he may have shut the door back to UFC behind him.