Fabio Cherant, Hunter Azure Latest Fighters to Exit UFC

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Hunter Azure, UFC Vancouver Ceremonial Weigh-In Credit: Jay Anderson/Cageside Press

The UFC continues to trim its roster, with two more fighters parting ways with the promotion in recent days.

UFC Roster Watch, an automated service that monitors the promotion’s fighter database, was first to note that light heavyweight Fabio Cherant had been removed from the roster. Cageside Press later confirmed that the “Water Buffalo” is no longer with the company.

Additionally, a report from MMA Junkie on Monday revealed that bantamweight Hunter Azure had parted ways with the organization.

Hunter Azure (9-2), a 29-year old Montana native training at Fight Ready in Arizona, last competed in April of 2021, coming up short against Jack Shore. The 2019 Dana White’s Contender Series winner went 2-2 through four fights in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, picking up wins against TUF 27 champ Brad Katona, and Katona’s fellow Canadian Cole Smith.

In addition to the Shore loss, Azure fell to Brian Kelleher in a featherweight bout in May 2020. Despite losing via knockout, Azure shared in the Fight of the Night bonus at UFC Fight Night 171.

Fabio Cherant (7-4) went 0-3 in his run with the UFC. After capturing the LFA light heavyweight championship last year, Cherant jumped straight into the thick of things, facing Alonzo Menifield at UFC 260 last March. He wound up submitted, and adding insult to injury, missed weight for the fight.

Cherant would fight twice more for the promotion, and was knocked out by William Knight last August before losing a decision against Carlos Ulberg earlier this month.