Now former flyweight Rogerio Bontorin has been shown the door by the UFC, just two weeks after he failed to weigh in for UFC 275.
Bontorin (16-4, 1NC), 30, had been expected to face Manel Kape at the Singapore-based event. However, a botched weight cut resulted in the Brazilian being hospitalized, and the fight was scratched from the card.
Cageside Press confirmed Bontorin’s release from the promotion, after UFC Roster Watch, an automated service, noted his removal from the active roster. While he’s now a free agent, where ever Bontorin lands, he’ll be fighting at bantamweight moving forward.
Winning his way into the UFC on Dana White’s Contender Series: Brazil in 2018, Bontorin got off to a good start in the 125 pound division. He won his first two fights in the UFC proper, picking up victories over Magomed Bibulatov and Raulian Paiva.
Things would soon turn south for Rogerio Bontorin, however. He would lose his next two fights, against Ray Borg and Kai Kara-France. A win over Matt Schnell in May 2021 was later overturned after Bontorin tested positive for hydrochlorothiazide, a diuretic. He then faced Brandon Royval this past January, and while Bontorin made weight, he wound up losing a split decision.
Bontorin’s inability to make weight for UFC 275, however, appears to have been the final straw.