Carlos Eduardo “Ta Danado” Rocha has been released from the Ultimate Fighting Championship after losing two consecutive fights.
In his last UFC appearance against Mike Pierce, Carlos Eduardo Rocha was outwrestled and kept on his back (or up against the cage) for the majority of the fight.
He expressed his disdain for Pierce’s tactics with Tatame, a Brazilian magazine, where he summed up his opponent’s performance by simply saying, “That’s not MMA.”
Carlos Eduardo Rocha entered the UFC in 2010 with an unblemished 8-0 record. He won his first fight convincingly by submitting his opponent Kris McCray by kneebar in the first round. He was matched up with veritable powerhouse, Jake Ellenberger in his next fight, and although he would lose a decision he showcased his very slippery Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu game, almost submitting Ellenberger in the first round.
In his third and final bout he was pitted against the previously mentioned Mike Pierce, a man who is known for his stifling wrestling game. It became evident early on that Carlos Eduardo Rocha didn’t have an answer for the American’s strong wrestling and the fight was, overall, a rather lackluster affair.
More often than not the UFC give fighters “three strikes”, but apparently two was enough for them to make their decision about Carlos Eduardo Rocha’s career. Although the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu specialist is now without a job, there are a number of promotions out there that will no doubt be wanting to welcome Rocha into their ranks.