Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.
Typically, when the UFC releases a fighter, they have either been unsuccessful or are being disciplined.
Some fighters (like Paul Daley) have done things so extreme that they will never be invited back to the company, although most are given words of encouragement from Joe Silva that express what they should work on to get back into the UFC.
The fighters with the best chance of making a return are typically based on two desired qualities: name value and the ability to contribute to the current landscape of MMA.
Some fighters rely on one or the other, while the lucky few possess both.
Putting together wins outside of the company is a great way to get offered a way back in, although some guys just happen to be in the right place at the right time.
Here is a look at ten former UFC fighters who have the best chance of an Octagon return.