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


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
Jul 22, 2020Jesse RonsonWelterweightUSADA20 MonthsMetandienone
Aug 5, 2020Jorge GonzalezLight HeavyweightUSADA2 YearsStanozolol metabolites, drostanolone metabolite and tamoxifen metabolite.
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
Oct 23, 2021Zviad LazishviliBantamweightNSAC9 Night Months
Dec 13, 2021 Lukasz BrzeskiBantamweightNSAC9 Months
Dec 13, 2021 Muin GafurovNSAC6 Months
Dec 23, 2021Michel PrazeresWelterweightUSADA4 Years second doping violation
Feb 05, 2022Miles JohnsBantamweightUSADA6 Months
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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