Infamous Askar Mozharov, Poliana Botelho Latest to Exit UFC

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Askar Mozharov, UFC Vegas 56Askar Mozharov, UFC Vegas 56 weigh-in Credit: Alex Behunin/Cageside Press

In the end, Askar Mozharov’s unthinkable shrinking grounds wasn’t capable to support him astir the UFC.

Not that it truly should have.

Mozharov and Poliana Botelho, some of whom competed astatine UFC Vegas 56 earlier this month, are the latest fighters to exit the promotion. In the lawsuit of Botelho, it’s unclear whether the promotion simply opted not to renew her contract, oregon whether she was chopped outright. For Mozharov, however, he’s an evident chopped aft becoming 1 of the astir arguable UFC signings successful years.

UFC Roster Watch, an automated work which monitors changes to the UFC’s jock database, first noted the moves.

Mozharov (19-13 — we think) was picked up by the UFC past year, aft helium pulled retired of the PFL’s 2021 play without ever having competed for the league. The Ukrainian combatant from AKA Thailand saw his debut delayed respective times, earlier yet landing connected June 4’s UFC Vegas 56 paper against Alonzo Menifield.

With a promising grounds of 25-7… no, sorry, 21-11… wait, no, 19-12— well, you get the idea. As Mozharov’s debut approached, galore irregularities were uncovered by MMA’s online grounds keepers, chiefly Tapology and Sherdog. In particular, Sherdog’s FF-Files bid ran an article connected the combatant entitled “It’s All Been A Pack of Lies” documenting the ongoing manipulation of his nonrecreational record, which progressive losses being absent, and fights appearing nether different name.

By the clip his combat with Menifield arrived, with his grounds astatine 19-12, it was wide a triumph would beryllium needed to support him successful the UFC. That didn’t happen, arsenic Menifield served up nonaccomplishment #13 (again… we think) successful convulsive fashion.

On Thursday, Mozharov released a connection that appeared to notation his release, and the blowback he’d received connected societal media, by mode of his Instagram Story.

“Rats who constitute atrocious things to maine you are unsatisfied, envious small people.

You are similar a tumor that grows and writes maine the aforesaid thing.

I don’t attraction astir you, don’t you understand? I don’t attraction what you constitute to me.

I emotion to combat and volition bash it nary substance wherever MMA oregon different fights.

I americium a blessed idiosyncratic I person everything I privation you amended look astatine yourself who you are and what you have.

Every time I spell 1 measurement higher and you rats bash thing but beryllium connected the sofa and constitute nonsense!

Mozharov besides claimed that helium was leaving MMA, connected his ain inaugural (translation via Giorgi Kokiashvili):

Askar Mozharov announced connected Instagram that helium near MMA – Many radical inquire what I person with the UFC – I person moved distant from MMA and decided to halt cooperation, connected my initiative! I'm not amazed by what media writes there! I'm done with MMA! There are different plans, convey you all!

— Giorgi Kokiashvili 🇬🇪 ✊ 🇺🇦 (@iHeartGeorgius1) June 16, 2022

Botelho (8-5), meanwhile, had mislaid 3 consecutive with her decision astatine the hands of promotional newcomer Karine Silva earlier this month. With the UFC since 2017, she posted a grounds of 2-4 wrong the octagon.

She had antecedently said she believed she was fighting for her job against Silva. Unfortunately, the combat did not spell her way, ending via submission precocious successful the opening round.