Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) axed yet another up-and-coming light heavyweight today (Fri., Feb. 17, 2017), releasing Nikita Krlyov from his promotional contract, per a report by MMA Junkie. This comes just one week after another divisional prospect, Misha Cirkunov, was let go by UFC after “flaking” from contract negotiations. Ironically, Cirkunov most recently defeated Krylov at UFC 206 via submission.
Krylov, 24, is a former heavyweight prospect who ventured down to 205 pounds and saw undeniable success. After losing his light heavyweight debut opposite Ovince Saint Preux, “The Miner” went on a five-fight win streak, closing out all of those victories by either knockout, TKO or submission. As a matter of fact, Krylov has finished all 21 of his professional wins. Seems like the kind of fighter who usually lasts under UFC control.
Krylov’s release is particularly puzzling considering the UFC light heavyweight faction is the shallowest in all of the promotion. Even with Jon Jones returning, the weight class has seen Ryan Bader in heavy talks with Bellator MMA, Cirkunov get shut out by UFC president Dana White and now Krylov get what can only be considered an early departure from his promotional career.
Krylov, along with Cirkunov, may very well follow Bader’s path and push for a quick transition over to Bellator in 2017.
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