Demian Maia, Jimmie Rivera now not beneath contract with UFC

Demian Maia, a former Final Combating Championship (UFC) Middleweight and UFC Welterweight title challenger, and long-term ranked UFC bantamweight Jimmie Rivera are now not on the promotion’s roster.

Maia (No. 11) and Rivera (No. 13) have parted methods with the UFC, in response to promotion officers. This places to relaxation Maia’s hopes of getting one closing UFC struggle towards an enormous identify.

“It was dropped at my consideration that each Demian Maia and Jimmie Rivera have been faraway from the UFC’s on-line roster,” MMA Junkie’s John Morgan tweeted on Monday. “Spoke to a UFC official who confirmed that ‘each have fought out their offers’ right now and usually are not at the moment beneath contract.”

Maia (28-11) ends his UFC run on consecutive losses to Belal Muhammad and Gilbert Burns (watch highlights) however defeated Ben Askren, Anthony Rocco Martin and Lyman Good within the three fights earlier than that. He unsuccessfully challenged Anderson Silva for the UFC Middleweight title at UFC 112 in April 2010, and UFC Welterweight champion Kamaru Usman at UFC 214 in July 2017. The grappling ace holds victories over huge stars like Jorge Masvidal, Carlos Condit, Matt Brown and Chael Sonnen.

Rivera (23-5) is 2-3 in his final 5 fights with wins over Cody Stamann and John Dodson, plus setbacks towards Pedro Munhoz, Petr Yan and Aljamain Sterling. His hit listing contains Urijah Faber, Thomas Almeida and an earlier victory towards Munhoz.

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