Dana White recently said the promotion was going to release 60 fighters and after UFC 256 many wondered if that was the end of Junior dos Santos and Jacare Souza’s time in the UFC.
On the main card of UFC 256, dos Santos suffered his fourth-straight knockout loss as he was TKO’d by Ciryl Gane in the second round. Souza, meanwhile, was on a two-fight losing skid and got knocked out in the first round by Kevin Holland. So, given they are older and on losing skids, White hinted that both men could be part of the looming roster cuts.
“I mean that’s every weekend. We’ll be talking about this next weekend, too, after the fights,” White said after UFC 256. “It’s part of the sport. I think over the next, between last year and next year, you’re going to see a lot of the old big names moving on and retiring.”
Although releasing dos Santos is a possibility, Dana White believes the former heavyweight champion should think about his fighting future and possibly retire.
If both dos Santos and Souza get released it will be a changing of the guard so to speak. Both men are legends in their respective weight classes, but with both getting up there in age and likely making a lot of money, White and the UFC will have some decisions to make.
If this is the end for both of them, Junior dos Santos ends his UFC run with a record of 15-8. The Brazilian also holds notable wins over Cain Velasquez, Stipe Miocic, Fabricio Werdum, Frank Mir, and Derrick Lewis. Jacare Souza, meanwhile, is 9-6 inside the Octagon but would go down as one of the best to never get a title shot. The Brazilian beat the likes of Gegard Mousasi, Derek Brunson, Vitor Belfort, and Chris Weidman in the UFC.
Cole Shelton covers MMA for BJPenn.com, MMANews, and MyMMANews.com while also being the lead MMA odds writer for Sports Betting Dime