UFC fighters on chopping block

JOSE RODRIGUEZ

, Last Updated: 7:04 AM ET

The UFC is trimming its roster by releasing a bunch of fighters. Kalib Starnes was a no-brainer following his embarrassing outing against Nate Quarry at UFC 83. Also released from their contracts this past week were former middleweight contender Travis Lutter, heavyweight Jake O'Brien and Winnipeg middleweight Joe Doerksen.

ACE MOVING UP?

Rich "Ace" Franklin is mulling a move to light heavyweight. The former middleweight champ's manager, Monte Cox, told mmaweekly that Franklin is not helping the 185-lb. ranks by beating fighters on the cusp of title contention. He added that all roads at 185 lead to Anderson Silva and Franklin's suffered two convincing defeats at the knees of the Brazilian. "And no one wants to see a Rich and Anderson Silva 3, including me."

LEBEN IN TROUBLE

Chris "The Crippler" Leben is being held without bail after turning himself in to Oregon police for failure to comply with conditions of a 2005 DUI charge. Leben, who is living in Hawaii, turned himself in to police to deal with the breach of conditions -- said to be courses that were not taken after his conviction -- to gain a travel visa to fight Michael Bisping in England at UFC 85 in June.

ROAD WARRIOR ON ROAD

Quebec's Jonathan "The Road Warrior" Goulet won't spend much time savouring his victory at UFC 83 in Montreal last month. He is pencilled in to take on England's Paul Kelly at UFC 85 in London. Goulet received a $75,000 fight-of-the-night bonus for his win over Japan's Kuniyoshi Hironaka. Goulet and his girlfriend plan to put a payment down on a house with the money.

LEGAL IN ARIZONA

Add Arizona to the list of states sanctioning MMA after Gov. Janet Napolitano signed a bill making the sport legal. In Canada, Ontario remains the lone holdout province in sanctioning MMA.


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