UFC Releases, Retirement & Suspended Fighters List for 2022


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
January 2022Matt Sayles LightweightReleased
January 2022 Maki PitoloMiddleweightReleased
January 2022 Jared GoodenWelterweightReleased
January 2022Jeremy StephensLightweight Released
January 2022 Tom BreeseMiddleweight Released
February 2022Andre EwellFeatherweight Released
February 2022 Collin AnglinFeatherweight Released
February 2022 Dakota BushLightweight Released
February 2022 Dhiego Lima Welterweight Retired
February 2022 Domingo Pilarte Bantamweight Released
February 2022 Gaetano PirrelloBantamweight Released
February 2022 Gustavo LopezBantamweight Released
February 2022 Hu Yaozong Middleweight Released
February 2022 Jordan WilliamsWelterweight Released
February 2022 Sasha PalatnikovWelterweight Released
February 2022Sean SorianoFeatherweight Released
February 2022David Zawada Welterweight Released
February 2022 Jennifer Gonzalez Women’s Flyweight Released
February 2022 Mallory MartinWomen’s Strawweight Released
February 2022 Roxanne ModafferiWomen’s FlyweightRetired
March 2022Carlos FelipeHeavyweight Released
March 2022Fabio Cherant Light Heavyweight Released
March 2022Greg HardyHeavyweightReleased
March 2022Hunter AzureBantamweight Released
March 2022Zviad LazishviliBantamweightReleased
April 2022Alex OliveiraWelterweight Contract not renewed
April 2022Ben RothwellHeavyweightReleased
April 2022Kay HansenWomen’s StrawweightReleased
April 2022Marlon MoraesBantamweightRetired
May 2022Austin HubbardLightweight Released
May 2022Brandon JenkinsLightweightReleased
May 2022Bruno SouzaFeatherweight Released
May 2022Cameron ElseBantamweight Released
May 2022Dean BarryWelterweight Released
May 2022Devonte SmithLightweightReleased
May 2022Farès ZiamLightweightReleased
May 2022Ike VillanuevaLight Heavyweight Released
May 2022Jesse StraderBantamweight Released
May 2022Kazula VargasLightweightReleased
May 2022Kevin CroomBantamweight Released
May 2022Kris MoutinhoBantamweight Released
May 2022Luigi VendraminiLightweightReleased
May 2022Mark StrieglFeatherweight Released
May 2022Micheal GillmoreWelterweight Released
May 2022Mike GrundyFeatherweight Released
May 2022Rong ZhuLightweightReleased
June 2022Andreas MichailidisWelterweightReleased
June 2022Alex da Silva CoelhoLightweight Released
June 2022Felice HerrigWomen’s Strawweight Retired
June 2022Felipe ColaresBantamweight Released
June 2022Frank CamachoLightweight Released
June 2022Joanna JedrzejczykWomen’s Strawweight Retired
June 2022Louis SmolkaBantamweight Released
June 2022Niklas StolzeLightweight Released
June 2022T.J. LaramieFeatherweight Released
June 2022Tristan ConnellyLightweight Released
July 02, 2022Jessica Eye Women’s Flyweight Retired
July 02, 2022Donald CerroneWelterweightRetired
July 10, 2022Joanne CalderwoodWomen’s Flyweight Released
July 2022Alan BaudotHeavyweightReleased
July 2022Dwight GrantWelterweightReleased
July 2022Joanne Wood Women’s FlyweightReleased
July 2022Karl RobersonLight HeavyweightReleased
July 2022Tony KelleyBantamweight Released
August 2022Uriah hallMiddleweightRetired
August 2022Nina NunesWomen’s FlyweightRetired
August 2022Danny ChavezFeatherweightReleased
August 2022Ramazan EmeevWelterweightReleased
August 2022Sam AlveyLight HeavyweightContract Expire
August 2022Shane BurgosFeatherweight Contract Expire
August 2022Shamil GamzatovLight HeavyweightReleased
August 2022Cedric DoumbeWelterweight Released
August 2022Luke RockholdMiddleweight Retired
September 01, 2022John DobsonBantamweight Released
September 07, 2022Alessio Di ChiricoMiddleweightRetired
September 08, 2022Thiago Santos MiddleweightReleased (Contract Expire)
September 2022Nate DiazWelterweight Contract Expire
September 2022Sara McMannWomen’s BantamweightReleased
18 September 2022 Jose Aldo Bantamweight Released
28 September 2022Aspen LaddWomen’s Bantamweight Released
October 2022Jesse RonsonLightweightReleased
October 2022Cameron VancampLightweightReleased
October 2022Charlie OntiverosLightweightReleased
October 2022Darian WeeksWelterweightReleased
October 2022Louis CosceWelterweightReleased
October 2022Magomed MustafaevLightweightReleased
October 2022Misha CirkunovLight HeavyweightReleased
October 2022Nick MaximovMiddleweightReleased
November 2022Jason WittWelterweightRetired
November 2022Krzysztof JotkoMiddleweightReleased
01 November 2022Sergey KhandozhkoWelterweightRetirement
12 November 2022Frankie EdgarBantamweightRetirement
14 November 2022Brad RiddellLightweightRetirement
15 November 2022Silvana Gómez JuárezWomen’s StrawweightReleased
15 November 2022Shanna YoungWomen’s FlyweightReleased
21 November 2022Zhalgas ZhumagulovFlyweightRetired


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
Sep 25, 2020Oskar PiechotaMiddleweightUSADA22 Months Growth hormone-releasing peptide 2 (GHRP-2 or pralmorelin) and GHRP-2 (1-3) free acid, a metabolite of GHRP-2,
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.
Oct 20, 2021Kevin LeeWelterweightNSACTemporarily Suspendedpositive drug test for amphetamine stemming
August 30, 2021Liliya ShakirovaWomen’s FlyweightUSADA2 YearsMeldonium
Oct 14, 2021Geraldo de Freitas suspendedWelterweightUSADA2 Yearsdoping policy violation
Dec 23, 2021Michel PrazeresWelterweightUSADA4 Years second doping violation
Jan 03, 2022Ashlee Evans-SmithWomen’s Bantamweight USADA14 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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