Posted July 7, 2015 by Melanie Gale in UFC

Lisa Ellis & Jessica Rakoczy Cut From UFC

The UFC has deleted 14 fighter profiles from their rosters, and two of the fighters no longer listed are strawweights Lisa Ellis (15-10) and Jessica Rakoczy (1-3-1).

Seeing Lisa Ellis cut is bittersweet. Her MMA debut was on November 6, 2004, at HookNShoot, and if you pull up her record on Sherdog or Wikipedia and run your eye down the “opponents” column, you see a parade of WMMA pioneers: Penne, Aguilar, Herrig, Fujii, Daly. Ellis deserves her place alongside them. She has fought for HOOKnSHOOT, Smackgirl, DEEP, Bellator, Invicta, and UFC.

LisaEllis2It was definitely time for her to go. It’s been apparent for quite a while that her heart is no longer fully invested in elite-level MMA competition. And that’s okay.

Ellis stepped in and saved Bec Rawlings’ (6-4) fight at UFC Adelaide in May when Seo Hee Ham (15-6) pulled out due to injury, but her performance in that fight echoed her bout with Felice Herrig (10-6) at the TUF 20 finale a few months earlier: she didn’t so much lose as decide she didn’t really care enough to win.

It was a swan song that took her that one last time into the cage before she took off her mitts and enjoyed an Australian vacation with her husband Eddy and their daughter. Which is where she really wanted to be. And that, too, is okay.

Ellis and her husband own the United Training Center in Olympia, Washington.

Jessica Rakoczy’s cut was even less of a surprise than Ellis’. An elite boxer with a 33-3 record and six Lightweight Championship straps, Rakoczy never really made a successful transition to MMA, as her 1-3-1 record shows.

Many scoffed at Rakoczy’s inclusion in TUF 18, but she tore through respected vets Roxanna Modaffeiri (17-12) and Raquel Pennington (5-5), before being stopped in the finale by Julianna Pena (6-2).

RakoczyShe returned to the Octagon as a strawweight 18 months later in April 2015 at UFC 186, where she met Valerie Letourneau (7-3), losing by decision after an energetic fight that left both fighters battered. This second straight UFC loss was her last time in the Octagon.

Rakoczy currently holds the World Boxing Council Female World Lightweight Champion belt.

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