There’s no question the rule in place prohibiting strikes to the back of an opponent’s head is a necessary part of Mixed Martial Arts. However, quite a bit more speculation exists on the topic of whether or not bantamweight Pedro Nobre (14-1-2) was actually so affected by the questionable blows his noggin ate last weekend at UFC on FX 7.

In the end, it ultimately won’t matter whether Nobre’s decision to lay motionless until officials called a fight he’d been losing was legitimate or not, as it appears the Brazilian was cut along with three other fighters formerly calling the UFC home.

According to MMAOpinion, Nobre was released this week along with Josh Janousek (8-1), Ken Stone (11-4), and Byron Bloodworth (6-3).

Among the group, Stone was the only competitor to have picked up a win the UFC’s infamous eight-sided cage, winning back-to-back bouts over Donny Walker and Dustin Pague. However, he suffered a seventeen-second knockout loss in an August outing and hasn’t been seen since.

Bloodworth was 0-2 in the Octagon, while Janousek had yet to make his debut after falling out of a short notice meeting with Michael Kuiper this weekend at UFC on FOX 6.


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