Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports
Fighters: Wagner Prado, Mike Russow, Vladimir Matyushenko, Jay Hieron, Terry Etim, Paul Sass, Jorge Santiago, Mike Stumpf, Simeon Thoresen, CJ Keith, Motonobu Tezuka, Josh Grispi, Milton Vieira, Diego Nunes
Most fighters recently cut have not announced who they have signed with or if they have been signed yet. However, let's quickly make some speculation on where they could go.
For Vladimir Matyushenko, retirement may be an option. The 40-plus-year-old has slowed down toward the end of his UFC career, and he really has nothing left to prove.
Wagner Prado fought exclusively in Brazil, so staying in their regional circuit would be smart. The same could be said for Milton Vieira; however, he does have experience in Japan, so Deep would be an option.
Mike Russow is the type of heavyweight whom I could see Bellator pursuing. Bellator's heavyweight division had at least three TUF 10: Heavyweights competitors on the roster at one point, and Russow would put them all to shame.
Terry Etim and Paul Sass will likely end up in one of the top British promotions, whether it be BAMMA or Cage Warriors. I am actually quite surprised neither of them has been signed yet.
Motonobu Tezuka should return to Pancrase, an organization with which he has spent most of his career. Meanwhile, Josh Grispi has the type of back story and experience that would attract a company like Bellator.
Mike Stumpf will likely go back to the Midwest regional circuit, though he would benefit greatly from a weight class drop. He is too small for welterweight, as seen in both UFC fights.
Simeon Thoresen will likely go back to fighting in the Scandinavian regional circuit. The same can be said about CJ Keith, except in the Midwest-West region of the US.
I could see both Jorge Santiago and Jay Hieron going to Bellator, a place Hieron has been before. That said, they could end up in a number of places, like World Series of Fighting, which is right in Hieron's backyard.
Speaking of World Series of Fighting, that looks like a great place for Diego Nunes to settle. Nunes is a tough featherweight for any man, and World Series of Fighting could give him solid TV promotion and competition.