The UFC releases Andre Gusmao, Brandon Wolff, & Dave Kaplan
The UFC has released Andre Gusmao, Brandon Wolff, and Dave Kaplan, after each suffered losses at UFC 98. There has been no formal announcement, yet their profiles have been removed, which thus far is as far as the UFC goes in making UFC releases known to the public.
Andre Gusmao entered the UFC with high hopes after being plucked away from the IFL. He was thought to be an immediate contender and was matched against unknown Jon Jones. Unfortunately for Gusmao, Jones was much more talented than first thought. Gusmao dropped his next fight against Krzysztof Soszynski in brutal fashion. Gusmao was never able to utilize his submission skills, which were highly-praised.
Brandon Wolff dropped his debut fight against Ben Saunders. Saunders punished Wolff’s face with knees, which made him known for the wrong reasons by fans. Wolff was brought back to face Yoshiyuki Yoshida, but was also dispatched rather easily.
Dave Kaplan, the oddball TUF 8 participant, dropped his 2nd consecutive fight in the octagon. Kaplan lost decisively to Junie Browning in his debut, but faired better in his next fight with George Roop. Kaplan was on the wrong side of the decision though, and it was obvious that his skills would be no match for the rest of the UFC Lightweight division.
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