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

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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

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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.