Jared Rosholt released from UFC after February loss to Roy Nelson despite 6-2 UFC run

By Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

Top 15 ranked heavyweight Jared Rosholt has been released from the UFC after a loss to Roy Nelson at UFC Fight Night 82 in February.

Multiple reports confirmed Rosholt’s release after it was noticed by UFC rankings panel members that Rosholt was no longer available to be ranked.

The 29-year-old went 6-2 in the organization, but despite those victories, a string of dull performances put him in vulnerable, must-win spot. The loss to Nelson came in another bad fight, and as a result he’s now out of the UFC.

A 17-fight veteran, Rosholt won his first three before a KO loss against Oleksiy Oliynyk; he bounced back with a stoppage of Josh Copeland, but the wins over Timothy Johnson and Stefan Struve prior to the Nelson fight were heavily criticized.

Penick’s Analysis: It shouldn’t really be surprising. Rosholt’s the latest in a long line of fighters who have had success in the organization with fights fans haven’t found all that aesthetically pleasing. The UFC has released a lot of those names off of limited losses, and it’s the aspect of the UFC that pulls it from straight sport to sports entertainment. It’s hard to fault them entirely, because they’re in the business of trying to sell fights fans want to pay to see; Rosholt wasn’t ever going to be that type of fighter for them.

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