MMA Junkie confirmed today that the UFC has released six fighters, among them Issei Tamura and Antonio Carvalho. Tamura went 1-2 with the promotion and Carvalho 2-2.
Issei Tamura of YSA Krazy Bee stepped in as a late replacement against Zhang TieChuan at the UFC’s celebrated return to Japan. Garnering a resounding win, he then went on to be defeated twice in a row. This was an unfortunate circumstance in a relatively burgeoning fighter’s career – Issei was just 6 and 2 in Shooto before he went to the behemoth. His KO over fellow KOer Kasuya Toida plus two distance wars against rising star Taiki Tsuchiya and uberveteran Guy Delumeau made him one to be looked at. With relatively few fights given that he’s now a ‘UFC vet’, Issei is still in the running. Maybe a run at an Asian title after a few more under his belt will put him in the prime of his career.
Antonio Carvalho’s last fight was a loss by TKO against Darren Elkins that apparently sealed the deal for him. Carvalho carved out seven straight wins early in his career which launched him on a huge Shooto card in Japan just under Hayato Sakurai (W) versus Shinya Aoki (L) and Gilbert Melendez (W) versus Rumina Sato (L). He fought the cream of the crop in Japan, and finally got signed by the UFC in 2012. Hopefully this technical and exciting fighter will find a resurgence in his career where he first gained attention – come back to Asia, “Pato”.