Rich Attonito Cut by the UFC After Pulling Out of Gunnar Nelson Fight at UFC on FX 5

Welterweight heavy hitter, Rich Attonito has been cut by the UFC after pulling out of a proposed UFC on FX 5 bout with Gunnar Nelson just one day after agreeing to take the fight on short notice, a decision he took after he felt he had no chance of making the 175 pound catchweight.

MMAFighting Reports:

|When [Pascal] Krauss pulled out of UFC on FUEL TV 5, [Joe] Silva offered Rich Attonito the fight against [Gunnar] Nelson via Attonito’s manager Dan Lambert. Lambert spoke to the American Top Team fighter, who agreed to take the welterweight bout. The next day, Lambert called Silva to tell him Attonito said he would not be able to make the 170-pound weight limit on short notice. Silva then offered him the opportunity to take the fight at a 175-pound catch weight, which both Attonito and Nelson, through his manager and father Haraldur Nelson, agreed to. The next day, Lambert called Silva back again to inform him that Attonito would not be able to make the 175-pound catch weight either. As a result, Silva decided to release Attonito from his contract.”

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