Jamie Yager Released from the UFC

Ed KappAnalyst IJune 29, 2010

Despite showing glimpses of greatness during his tenure on the 11th season of The Ultimate Fighter and being recognized as one of the season’s biggest stars, reports have surfaced that the UFC has released the trash-talking stand-up specialist Jamie Yager .

From the very beginning Yager cemented his status as one of the most talented fighters on The Ultimate Fighter by putting on an incredible kick-boxing clinic over Ben Stark on the season’s first episode to get into the house and showing extraordinary stand-up skills against Charles Blanchard in a first-round stoppage victory. In his final bout on The Ultimate Fighter , Yager was outworked by Josh Bryant for the better part of two rounds, and eventually was forced to succumb to his injuries and refused to participate in a third round. On the The Ultimate Fighter finale, Yager showed impressive stand-up skills against Rich Antonito , but once again he fell short of victory inside the Octagon.

Although Yager, 26, entered the "TUF" house as an early favourite to win the coveted six-figure contract, the Pasadena, California, native’s skills were often overshadowed by his abrasive, often obnoxious personality.

Because of his exciting, fan-friendly style and colourful persona, it is foreseeable that Yager will have an opportunity to excel elsewhere in the world of mixed martial arts. After a pair of losses, it is clear that Yager doesn’t belong in the UFC at this point, but after a few quality victories, it wouldn’t be surprising to see “The Chosyn 1” back in the Octagon in the future.