Kalib Starnes weighs-in for UFC 77: Hostile Territory. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
I think it was pretty obvious after Kalib Starnes’ disaster of a performance this past weekend at UFC 83 in Montreal that he would likely no longer be under contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Mixed reports have come out since concerning his potential departure, but one thing is for certain, Starnes is now a free agent. Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports apparently confirmed everyone’s suspicions with UFC President Dana White earlier today.
“He just doesn’t belong in the UFC and after his performance the other night, he should consider a new line of work,” White said in the report.
However after contacting Starnes’ himself, Sherdog.com is reporting that the former “Ultimate Fighter” cast member was granted his release from the UFC per matchmaker Joe Silva.
“This morning I made a request to Joe Silva to be released from my contract,” Starnes told Andy Cotterill. “Joe agreed with my request.”
Starnes also refuted a rumor floating around in MMA-related message boards this afternoon that he informed a Montreal radio station that his performance at this past weekend’s event was an intentional jab at the way the UFC treats their fighters.
The Surrey, British Columbia native leaves the UFC after garnering a record of 2-3. His most high-profile win came at UFC 71 in May of last year when he used superior wrestling to earn a unanimous decision over popular middleweight Chris Leben. Unfortunately for Starnes, he will now go down in history as the only fighters to ever receive an unheard of 30-24 judge’s score in his opponent’s favor.
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