TUF 19 winner Eddie Gordon released from UFC after 1-3 mark in 12 month stint

By Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

Just over a year after winning the middleweight tournament on The Ultimate Fighter’s 19th season, Eddie Gordon is no longer in the UFC.

The 32-year-old revealed on Facebook on Friday that he’s received his release from the organization after a 1-3 run in just under 12 months.

Just got news from the @ufc I will be released just want to thank my friends family fans @danawhite and everyone at Ufc…

Posted by Eddie Gordon on Friday, October 16, 2015

Gordon took out Dhiego Lima in just over a minute in the first round of their finals bout. After that, he was knocked out by Josh Samman in December, then dropped a split decision to Chris Dempsey in April, and then got submitted by Antonio Carlos Junior in June.

Penick’s Analysis: It’s one of the shortest UFC tenures for a winner of TUF, but it’s not surprising out of a season that was heavily derided. Dana White criticized all of the fights during that season, and though Gordon put a quick stamp on things in the finals, he didn’t follow up with any success. This release isn’t really a surprise after getting stopped twice in his last three fights, and he’s at an age where a return may not really be realistic given what he’d likely need to accomplish out of the Octagon.

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