The past few days have brought bad news to two well known UFC veterans and one UFC newcomer following losses at UFC 125.
Vera's cut comes as the most disappointing as he was once considered among MMA's biggest rising stars. That fact gave the former heavyweight contender a three consecutive loss leeway where most might only two, but after dropping his third straight in unimpressive fashion to Thiago Silva the writing was on the wall.
McKee was also released after dropping a unanimous decision loss to Jacob Volkmann. The cut was a bit surprising given that the UFC typically doesn't cut fighters after just one loss, and McKee was a colorful personality with a 15-fight unbeaten streak, however, with the influx of fighters at lightweight after the WEC merger, it appears that the UFC doesn't have room to tolerate mediocrity, specifically at that weight class.
Davis, 37, is another fighter that has survived on reputation despite recent setbacks. The popular UFC veteran has just one win in his past five contests and is on the wrong side of 30. He was sent on his way after dropped his lightweight debut to hard-hitting Jeremy Stephens last Saturday, but has stated that he will continue fighting at lightweight outside of the organization with hopes of returning after stringing some wins together.