Even the biggest of the big names isn't immune to a three-fight losing streak.
Fedor Emelianenko, once considered by many to be the best mixed martial artist in the world, will not have his contract renewed by Zuffa, UFC president Dana White said Thursday after the UFC 133 press conference in Philadelphia.
"He's being cut, yeah," White said. "Why, you think we should keep him?"
Emelianenko lost by first-round TKO to Dan Henderson in a Strikeforce bout on July 30. It was the third straight loss for the Russian fighter. Hard to believe after Emelianenko (31-4) went 10 years and 27 fights without losing.
Emelianenko's contract with Strikeforce, which is owned by UFC parent company Zuffa LLC, was reportedly up after the Henderson fight. White said it wouldn't be renewed.
According to MMA Fighting, Emelianenko is still under contract with Showtime, Strikeforce's broadcast partner, and could still fight for the cable network under the M-1 Global brand.