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 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.
|Name||Released Date||Weight Division||Notes|
|Mauricio “Shogun” Rua||January 2023||Light Heavyweight||Retired|
|Glover Teixeira||January 2023||Light Heavyweight||Retired|
|Francis Ngannou||January 2023||Heavyweight||Contract Expire|
|Damir Ismagulov||January 2023||Lightweight||Retired from MMA|
|Francisco Trinaldo||January 2023||Welterweight||Released|
|Mike Jackson||January 2023||Welterweight||Released|
|Leah Letson||January 2023||Women’s Featherweight||Retired|
|Brandon Davis||January 2023||Bantamweight||Released|
|Kevin Natividad||January 2023||Bantamweight||Released|
|Gadzhi Omargadzhiev||January 2023||Welterweight||Released|
|Raulian Paiva||January 2023||Bantamweight||Released|
|Alejandro Pérez||January 2023||Featherweight||Released|
|Jay Perrin||January 2023||Bantamweight||Released|
|Marcelo Rojo||January 2023||Featherweight||Released|
|Liudvik Sholinian||January 2023||Bantamweight||Released|
|Michael Trizano||January 2023||Featherweight||Released|
|Sijara Eubanks||January 2023||Women’s Flyweight||Released|
|Shamil Abdurakhimov||January 2023||Heavyweight||Released|
|Kyle Daukaus||January 2023||Middleweight||Released|
|Saidyokub Kakhramonov||February 2023||Bantamweight||Released|
|Carlos Mota||February 2023||Flyweight||Released|
|Lina Länsberg||February 2023||Women’s Bantamweight||Retired|
|William Knight||February 2023||Light Heavyweight||Released|
|Jordan Wright||February 2023||Light Heavyweight||Released|
|Joshua Weems||February 2023||Lightweight||Released|
|Raphael Assunção||March 2023||Bantamweight||Retirement|
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
|Date||NAME||Weight Division||Suspended By||Duration||Notes|
|Feb 9, 2021||Raphael Pessoa||Heavyweight||7-Keto-DHEA and AOD-9064 Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) and its metabolites Chlorothiazide and 4-amino-6-chloro-1,3-benzenedisulfonamide (ACB)||2 Years||Failed Dope Test in samples collected from out-of-competition on February 9, 2021, February 15, 2021, February 16, 2021, and March 4, 2021.|
|August 30, 2021||Liliya Shakirova||Women’s Flyweight||USADA||2 Years||Meldonium|
|Dec 23, 2021||Michel Prazeres||Welterweight||USADA||4 Years||second doping violation|
|Jan 03, 2022||Ashlee Evans-Smith||Women’s Bantamweight||USADA||14 Months||–|
|March 14, 2022||Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos||Welterweight||USADA||1 Years||–|
|November 05, 2022||Jeff Molina||Flyweight||NSAC||–||–|
Thought Kevin lee was released?
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.
I thought Roxanne retired?
Its says retired
Miesha Tate should of stayed retired.Should have released her.