The UFC’s No. 8 ranked middleweight, Derek Brunson, is no longer a fighter in the world’s strongest league.
Representatives of the organization officially confirmed the dismissal of the American.
The news comes a day after Roman Dolidze announced the cancellation of his bout with Brunson, which was scheduled to take place on November 11 at UFC 295 in New York.
“Derek Brunson has competed in the UFC for eleven years,” Brunson’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz, said in an official statement. “He has had an amazing career with the organization. For the last ten years, he has not left the top ten of the rankings. The UFC has helped him become the man he is today and I’m very grateful for the opportunity they’ve given him. He needs to move on and we look forward to what lies ahead.”
Derek Brunson, who moved to the UFC following its takeover of Strikeforce, has fought 21 fights in the organization with 14 wins and seven losses. The 39-year-old American leaves the league on a two-fight losing streak, having lost by knockouts to Jared Cannonier and Dricus Du Plessis.