Viscardi Andrade, Sam Sicilia Among Several Fighters Released From UFC

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It appears the UFC is doing a little Spring cleaning. UFCFIGHTERSiNFO, a Twitter account that monitors changes made to the UFC’s roster, reported yesterday that a number of fighters have been released from the UFC. While some names were of no surprise, a number of new cuts came to light.

Perhaps the most notable names are Sam Sicilia and Viscardi Andrade. Andrade went 3-1 in the UFC, but was under suspension by USADA. He tested positive in a test surrounding his UFC Fight Night 85 clash with Richard Walsh (also released). Andrade eventually accepted a two year suspension from USADA, but would later claim he was pressured into the deal.

Sicilia, meanwhile, was 5-7 in the promotion, having made his debut in 2012 at the TUF Live Finale. Sicilia, however, had lost his last three bouts, most recently a one-sided unanimous decision loss in Halifax to local product Gavin Tucker.

Canadian Alex Ricci, meanwhile, never really found his footing in the UFC, going 0-2 in his only two fights with the promotion.

A full list of the cuts is as follows:

Alessandro Ricci (Light)
Alex Enlund (Feather)
Michael Graves (Welter)
Reginaldo Vieira (Bantam)
Daniel Jolly (Light Heavy)
Scott Askham (Middle)
Garreth McLellan (Middle)
Roan Carneiro (Welter)
Sam Sicilia (Feather)
Viscardi Andrade (Welter)
Ning Guangyou (Bantam)
Rich Walsh (Welter)
Michinori Tanaka (Bantam)
Mike De La Torre (Feather)

Also noted as no longer being active with the company were a number of fighters whose release or retirement was already known, such as Patrick Cote and Anthony Johnson, who both retired at UFC 210 in Buffalo last Month, and Viktor Pesta, who announced his release from the UFC in March.