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UFC Releases, Retirement & Suspended Fighters List for 2021


UFC has a ton of fighters contracted with them and it is natural that some of the underperforming fighters will be released from the contract from time to time, some might take retirement from MMA or get suspended due to some violations. Here, we are listing all the recent UFC releases, retirements, and suspended fighters list.

Releases & Retirement

Below is the list of fighters that have left UFC either due to being released by UFC, retirement from MMA career, or have joined some other promotions.

Released DateNameWeight DivisonNotes
30 January 2021Anthony Rocco Martin  WelterweightMoving to other promotion
16 January 2021Bethe Correia  Women’s BantamweightRetired
24 January 2021Nik Lentz  Featherweight Retired
08 January 2021Irwin Rivera  BantamweightReleased
20 January 2021Rhys McKee  Welterweight Released
18 February 2021Aleksandra Albu  Women’s Strawweight Released
17 February 2021Alex Chambers  Women’s Strawweight Released
17 February 2021Ali Alqaisi  Bantamweight Released
04 February 2021Anthony Ivy  Welterweight Released
04 February 2021Antônio Carlos Júnior  Middleweight Released
17 February 2021Bojan Mihajlović  Light Heavyweight Released
04 February 2021Carlton Minus  Lightweight Released
17 February 2021Chris de la Rocha  Heavyweight Released
04 February 2021Cole Williams  Welterweight Released
17 February 2021Dmitry Sosnovskiy  Heavyweight Released
10 February 2021Gökhan Saki  Light Heavyweight Released
04 February 2021Jacob Kilburn  Featherweight Released
04 February 2021Markus Perez  Middleweight Released
February 2021Martin Day  Bantamweight Released
04 February 2021Peter Barrett  Featherweight Released
04 February 2021Sarah Moras  Women’s Bantamweight Released
04 February 2021Spike Carlyle  Featherweight Released
17 February 2021Suman Mokhtarian  Featherweight Released
17 February 2021Syuri Kondo  Women’s StrawweightReleased
17 February 2021Vanessa Melo  Women’s BantamweightReleased
17 February 2021Vinicius Moreira  Light heavyweight Released
15 February 2021Stefan Struve  HeavyweightRetired
March 2021Adam Yandiev  MiddleweightReleased
04 March 2021Alistair Overeem  HeavyweightReleased
29 March 2021Brok Weaver  Lightweight Released
05 March 2021Gabriel Silva  Bantamweight Released
05 March 2021Geraldo de Freitas  Bantamweight Released
12 March 2021Jordan Espinosa  Flyweight Released
March 2021José Alberto Quiñónez  Bantamweight Released
04 March 2021Junior Dos Santos  HeavyweightReleased
12 March 2021Shana Dobson  Women’s Flyweight Released
29 March 2021Vince Cachero  Bantamweight Released
09 March 2021Megan Anderson  Women’s Featherweight Contract ended in March 
11 April 2021Jimmy Flick  Flyweight Retired
30 April 2021Diego Sanchez  Welterweight Released
April 2021Justine Kish  Women’s Flyweight Released
April 2021Ray Rodriguez  Bantamweight Released
30 April 2021Yorgan De Castro  Heavyweight Released
24 April 2021Tyron Woodley  Welterweight Contract ended in April 
08 May 2021Aalon Cruz  LightweightReleased
08 May 2021Anthony Birchak  BantamweightReleased
08 May 2021Bartosz Fabiński  MiddleweightReleased  
13 May 2021Dan Hardy  Welterweight  Released
08 May 2021KB Bhullar  MiddleweightReleased
08 May 2021Luke Sanders  BantamweightReleased
08 May 2021Jordan Griffin  FeatherweightReleased
20 May 2021Ronaldo Souza  Middleweight Released
11 May 2021Maurice Greene  HeavyweightReleased
11 May 2021Alan Jouban  Welterweight Retired
23 May 2021Paul Felder  Lightweight Retired
17 June 2021Emil Weber MeekWelterweightReleased
17 June 2021Alexander YakovlevLightweightReleased
29 June 2021Roque MartinezHeavyweightReleased
July 1, 2021Stefan SekulićWelterweightReleased
July 2, 2021Lara ProcópioWomen’s FlyweightReleased
July 2, 2021Joe EllenbergerLightweightReleased
July 2, 2021Raphael PessoaHeavyweightReleased
July 13, 2021Mirsad BektićFeatherweightReleased
July 15, 2021Omari AkhmedovMiddleweightReleased
July 17, 2021Marion ReneauWomen’s BantamweightReleased
August 3, 2021Nicco MontanaWomen’s FlyweightReleased
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Below is the list of UFC fighters who have been suspended:

  • By USADA or WADA for using banned substances
  • By other Authorities for behavioral issues
  • By UFC for either doping or behavioral issues
DateNAMEWeight DivisionSuspended ByDurationNotes
Jun 6, 2020Aleksander DoskalchukFlyweightMesterolone.14 MonthsUSADA
Jul 22, 2020Jesse RonsonWelterweightMetandienone20 MonthsUSADA
Aug 5, 2020Jorge GonzalezLight HeavyweightStanozolol metabolites, drostanolone metabolite and tamoxifen metabolite.2 YearsUSADA
Sep 25, 2020Oskar PiechotaMiddleweightGrowth hormone releasing peptide 2 (GHRP-2 or pralmorelin) and GHRP-2 (1-3) free acid, a metabolite of GHRP-2,22 Months USADA
Feb 9, 2021Raphael PessoaHeavyweight7-Keto-DHEA and AOD-9064 Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) and its metabolites Chlorothiazide and 4-amino-6-chloro-1,3-benzenedisulfonamide (ACB)2 YearsFailed Dope Test in samples collected from out-of-competition on February 9, 2021, February 15, 2021, February 16, 2021, and March 4, 2021.
July 29, 2021Juan Camilo RonderosFlyweightCocaine & Metabolite Benzoylecgonine1 monthUSADA

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