UFC Releases Featherweights Diego Nunes and Milton Vieira

Andrew Saunders@SaundersMMACorrespondent IIFebruary 23, 2013

Oct 5, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Diego Nunes (left) sets up in his fight with Bart Palaszewski (right) at the UFC on FX 5 at the Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports
Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

The UFC has been on a massive firing spree lately. Earlier this week, Jon Fitch headlined a list of 16 fighters whose contracts with Zuffa were terminated, and based on a Tweet from British news site MMA Opinion, Brazilians Diego Nunes and Milton Vieira are the latest fighters to receive the ax.

Nunes, a Black House fighter, most recently competed at UFC on FX 7, where he was upset by wrestler Nik Lentz. It was his third loss in six UFC contests.

During his tenure with the organization, Nunes won decisions against notables Bart Palaszewski, Manny Gamburyan and former WEC champion Mike Brown. The magnitude of these wins saw "The Gun" as a world-ranked featherweight up until his most recent loss, which makes his release surprising to many.

Vieira, who is credited with the invention of the anaconda choke, is another surprising release. Although he has a UFC record of 0-1-1, his most recent performance saw the Brazilian on the wrong end of a controversial split decision that most members of the press believe he should have won. 

UFC president Dana White said there are 100 fighters who are on their way out of the organization but did not elaborate as to who they are:

There's 100 more guys that are gonna go. It's not over. We have 475 guys under contract. We have over 100 guys too many. We have over 100 guys too many on the roster right now. What's going to happen is, if you lose, the blood has not all been spilled yet. There's more coming.

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