Elias Theodorou, Wilson Reis, Marcelo Golm and Eric Shelton have been released by UFC . The news were confirmed after an initial report by Brazilian MMA media outlet “Combate.com”.
Theodorou (16-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC), a middleweight, had won three straight fights and five of his past six before a decision loss to Derek Brunson earlier this month at “UFC on ESPN+ 8” in Canada.
Theodorou started his pro career 11-0, including a TKO win over Sheldon Westcott to win the “TUF: Nations” edition of “The Ultimate Fighter in April 2014. He then had wins over Bruno Santos and Roger Narvaez before his loss to Santos.
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Reis (23-10 MMA, 7-6 UFC) only is about two years removed from fighting for the UFC’s flyweight title. After a streak that saw him win five of six fights, the Brazilian got a shot at then-champion Demetrious Johnson’s title. Bad news for him, Johnson submitted Reis with a third-round armbar.
That set off a stretch of three straight losses for the pro fighter. After the Johnson setback, current champion Henry Cejudo stopped him with a second-round TKO at UFC 215. Then he dropped a decision to former title challenger John Moraga. He bounced back with a win over Ben Nguyen, but a TKO loss to Alexandre Pantoja at UFC 236 in April proved to be, for now, his final fight in the UFC wit four losses in his past five fights.
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Golm (6-3 MMA, 1-3 UFC), a heavyweight, has lost three straight fights. After starting his pro career 6-0, including a first-round submission over Christian Colombo in his UFC debut in 2017, he dropped decisions to Timothy Johnson and Arjan Bhullar in 2018. In April, Sergey Pavlovich stopped him with a 66-second knockout at “UFC on ESPN+ 7″.
Shelton (12-6 MMA, 2-4 UFC) came to the promotion from Season 24 of “The Ultimate Fighter”, which sought an opponent for then-champ Johnson. He went 2-1 in the “TUF” house, but lost in the semifinals to eventual winner Tim Elliott. Shelton fought to six decisions in the UFC – with split-call losses to Pantoja and Jarred Brooks and unanimous-nod setbacks to Alex Perez and Jordan Espinosa, the latter coming at UFC on ESPN+ 6 in March.