Kevin Souza had a 10-fight winning streak until he recently was listed among eight fighters recently cut from the promotion. Sadly, the semi-prolific fighter was dropped after his four-fight contract expired in November, and the promotion showed no interest in signing a new deal.
He told MMAFighting.com,
"Every fighter receives an e-mail from USADA to notify their whereabouts, if you’re making a trip or things like that, and I got an e-mail saying I didn’t need to notify them anymore because I wasn’t listed as a UFC fighter. That’s how I found out."
He found it strange and didn't fully understand what the UFC was thinking with their decision-making process.
"It was weird because I’ve seen many fighters with the same contract I had, a four-fight deal, signing new deals after a win and a loss, or after three fights, and I was coming off three wins, two bonuses, and they didn’t want to sign a new deal with me. I thought it was weird. And they still didn’t tell me why they aren’t interested."
The good news is that Souza is currently a free-agent and could very easily get picked up by a new promotion or the UFC itself. He's staying positive.
"They said I’m not being cut, that my contract simply ended and they are not interested in renewing it at the moment. That’s the same thing to me. I’m free to negotiate. I don’t want to create any controversy, but it’s weird," he continued. "I thought about many reasons why that happened. I was managed by Wallid (Ismail), and I see the UFC purchasing many promotions, a lot of them signing with UFC Fight Pass, except for Jungle Fight. Wallid didn’t accept that deal, left Combate and went to Band. I don’t know if it’s retaliation or something like that since Jungle Fight has partnered with Rizin and Bellator, and the UFC might have felt offended by that. I’m speculating. I don’t know. I don’t know why that happened, but life goes on. I’ll keep working. I’m with Glenn Robinson now, at Blackzilians, and he’s managing my career now. We’ll see. That’s the answer we got from the UFC. They can re-sign me at any moment, but said they are not interested and I’m free."