Sotiropoulos, Sexton and Sakara released from the UFC

A trio of UFC fighters have been released from the promotion
after recent losses: former lightweight contender George
Sotiropoulos, middleweight Alessio Sakara and women’s bantamweight
competitor Rosi Sexton.

The news of their respective releases were confirmed to FOX
Sports by sources close to the fighters’ camps.

Following a run where he was closing in on a title shot in 2010,
Sotiropoulos fell on tougher times losing his next four fights in a
row. The Australian served as coach on the international edition of

The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes, but lost to
fellow coach Ross Pearson in the finale for the series in late
2012.

Injuries have also mounted for Sotiropoulos over the last few
years having only competed four times since 2010. Now the 36-year
old Australian finds himself outside the UFC for the first time
since entering the promotion as part of The Ultimate Fighter 6
cast.

Middleweight Alessio Sakara was also released this week after
going 6-8 (1 NC) during his time with the UFC over the last eight
years. Sakara was always known as a knockout artist with a tendency
to put on exciting fights, but a recent four-fight skid left him on
the outside looking in without a lot of options moving forward.

The final fighter released this week was women’s bantamweight
fighter Rosi Sexton, who went 0-2 in the UFC with losses to Alexis
Davis and Jessica Andrade.

Sexton came to the UFC as a 135-pound fighter, although
she was always undersized competing against
some of the bigger bantamweights on the roster. The British
competitor is also expected to have major neck surgery in the
coming weeks that will put her on the shelf for an extended period
of time.

Combined, the three fighters released carried a 13-14 record
overall in the UFC.