UFC Releases, Retirement & Suspended Fighters List for 2023


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 releases, retirements, and suspended fighters.

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.

NameReleased DateWeight DivisionNotes
Mauricio “Shogun” RuaJanuary 2023Light HeavyweightRetired
Glover Teixeira January 2023Light HeavyweightRetired
Francis NgannouJanuary 2023HeavyweightContract Expire
Damir IsmagulovJanuary 2023LightweightRetired from MMA
Francisco TrinaldoJanuary 2023WelterweightReleased
Mike JacksonJanuary 2023WelterweightReleased
Leah LetsonJanuary 2023Women’s FeatherweightRetired
Brandon DavisJanuary 2023BantamweightReleased
Kevin NatividadJanuary 2023BantamweightReleased
Gadzhi OmargadzhievJanuary 2023WelterweightReleased
Raulian PaivaJanuary 2023BantamweightReleased
Alejandro PérezJanuary 2023FeatherweightReleased
Jay PerrinJanuary 2023BantamweightReleased
Maurício RuaJanuary 2023Light HeavyweightRetired
Marcelo RojoJanuary 2023FeatherweightReleased
Liudvik SholinianJanuary 2023BantamweightReleased
Michael TrizanoJanuary 2023FeatherweightReleased
Sijara EubanksJanuary 2023Women’s FlyweightReleased
Shamil AbdurakhimovJanuary 2023HeavyweightReleased
Kyle DaukausJanuary 2023MiddleweightReleased
Victor RodriguezJanuary 2023FlyweightReleased
Vince MoralesJanuary 2023BantamweightReleased
Saidyokub KakhramonovFebruary 2023BantamweightReleased
Carlos MotaFebruary 2023FlyweightReleased
Lina LänsbergFebruary 2023Women’s BantamweightRetired
William KnightFebruary 2023Light Heavyweight Released
Jordan WrightFebruary 2023Light HeavyweightReleased
Joshua WeemsFebruary 2023LightweightReleased
Augusto SakaiMarch 2023HeavyweightReleased
Darren TillMarch 2023MiddleweightReleased
Raphael AssunçãoMarch 2023BantamweightRetirement
Rafael AlvesMarch 2023LightweightReleased
Leomana MartinezMarch 2023BantamweightReleased
Guido CannettiMarch 2023BantamweightReleased
José JohnsonMarch 2023BantamweightReleased
Steven PetersonMarch 2023FeatherweightReleased
Zubaira TukhugovMarch 2023FeatherweightReleased
Jorge MasvidalApril 2023WelterweightRetirement
Cynthia CalvilloApril 2023Women’s StrawweightReleased
Ed HermanApril 2023Light HeavyweightRetirement
Zak CummingsApril 2023Light HeavyweightRetirement
Juan EspinoApril 2023HeavyweightRetirement
Chase ShermanMay 2023ReleasedHeavyweight
Jessica-Rose ClarkMay 2023Women’s BantamweightReleased
Ji Yeon KimMay 2023Women’s FlyweightReleased
Makwan AmirkhaniJune 2023FeatherweightReleased
Danaa BatgerelJune 2023BantamweightReleased
Tony GravelyJune 2023BantamweightReleased
Trevin JonesJune 2023BantamweightReleased
Omar MoralesJune 2023LightweightReleased
Mounir LazzezJune 2023MiddleweightReleased
Ilir LatifiJune 2023HeavyweightReleased
Joseph HolmesJune 2023MiddleweightReleased
Orion CosceJune 2023WelterweightReleased
Nick FioreJune 2023LightweightReleased
Erick GonzalezJune 2023LightweightReleased
Maxim GrishinJune 2023Light HeavyweightReleased
Journey NewsonJune 2023FeatherweightReleased
Aaron PhillipsJune 2023BantamweightReleased
Takashi SatoJune 2023WelterweightReleased
Don ShainisJune 2023FeatherweightReleased
Bea MaleckiJune 2023Women’s BantamweightReleased
Amanda NunesJune 2023Women’s BantamweightRetirement
Maria OliveiraJune 2023Women’s StrawweightReleased
Martin Sano Jr.June 2023WelterweightReleased
Braxton SmithJune 2023HeavyweightReleased
Robbie LawlerJuly 2023WelterweightRetirement
Blagoy IvanovJuly 2023HeavyweightReleased
Damir IsmagulovJuly 2023LightweightReleased
Zhalgas ZhumagulovJuly 2023FlyweightReleased
Jung Chan-sungAugust 2023FeatherweightRetirement
Aleksa CamurAugust 2023Light HeavyweightReleased
Ashlee Evans-SmithAugust 2023Women’s BantamweightReleased
Charles RosaAugust 2023FeatherweightReleased
Chris DaukausAugust 2023Light HeavyweightReleased
Ian HeinischAugust 2023MiddleweightReleased
Mandy BöhmAugust 2023Women’s FlyweightReleased
Tafon NchukwiAugust 2023MiddleweightReleased
Tanner BoserAugust 2023Light HeavyweightReleased
Derek BrunsonSeptember 2023MiddleweightReleased
Zarah FairnSeptember 2023Women’s FeatherweightReleased


Below is the list of UFC fighters who have been suspended:

  • By USADA or WADA for using banned substances
  • By other Authorities for behavioural issues
  • By UFC for either doping or behavioural issues
DateNAMEWeight DivisionSuspended ByDurationNotes
Dec 23, 2021Michel PrazeresWelterweightUSADA4 Years second doping violation
November 05, 2022Jeff MolinaFlyweight NSAC
July 30, 2022Hamdy AbdelwahabHeavyweightUSADA2 years
March 08, 2023José Henrique SouzaWelterweightUSADA2 years
June 17, 2023Felipe BunesFlyweightNSAC6 Months
June 17, 2023Ovince Saint PreuxLight HeavyweightUSADA6 Months


    1. Kevin Lee was released on November 2021. Before that, he tested positive for banned stimulants and suspended for 6 months. He is both suspended list and released list.

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