UFC officials released two of their online roster, international fighters following lackluster performances in the big show. First is Takenori Sato, who lost both of his fights since joining the UFC. Both losses were knockout defeats suffered in the first round of each respective bout. The second to get handed his walking papers was Kazuki Tokudome who produced a record of one win and three defeats since his UFC debut. Both fighters are native to Japan and the implications to the UFC’s plans in the struggling Japanese market are obvious.

The UFC’s international expansion endeavors have brought in some questionable talent in an effort to develop the sport in areas that the UFC looked to create or revive MMA markets. The UFC Fight Pass online based subscription platform has been, by and large, the method in which they produced the shows that these athletes competed on. Even still, the UFC has a brand to uphold and being known for having the greatest fighters in the sport is becoming a strange and often untrue statement. The decision to remove these athletes from their roster improves the UFC’s credibility, but the future of their expansion into the Asian markets as a whole is certainly affected by this.

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Michael Davis
Director, Business Development/Senior Staff Writer

Michael Davis is a seasoned professional in the world of finance. In recent years, he has worked for Fortune 500 companies and consulted at one of the largest hedge funds in the world. After working closely with a mixed martial arts management company, he realized he could apply his skills to the sport he loved. The culmination of his professional experience and passion for MMA have led him to his role as Senior Staff Writer and Director of Business Development at The MMA Corner.