Rolando Dy released from UFC; announces retirement

After two UFC performances, Rolando Dy has been released from the UFC.

This is according to Dy, who announced the news via a social media post. This news was also confirmed by Dy’s manager. “Not a UFC fighter anymore,” Dy posted. “I had my debut in two weeks notice against a vet and went to war with Teruto. Deep inside, I know I can show more in my next fights but I need to accept it and face it like a man.”

His apparent release comes after two losses inside the Octagon. The first was in his promotional debut against veteran Alex Caceres at UFC Fight Night Singapore in July, a fight he took on two weeks notice. His second loss came at UFC Fight Night Japan in September against Teruto Ishihara. In both fights, Dy showed his grit and determination, but he was unable to pick up a win.

Having fought in the world’s top MMA promotion, Dy has announced that he’ll be stepping away from the sport for the time being.

Maybe this will be the sign for me to retire. I’ve been grinding for 6 years, I earned good money, I traveled many parts of the world and I have reached the highest stage of the sport in just 6 years. Now I hang my gloves, and start searching new things outside of fighting.

The 26-year-old says that the right opportunity could bring him back into the cage, but for now, he’ll hang up the gloves.

With Dy out of the UFC, the promotion has only two Filipino nationals left on its roster: Jenel Lausa (7-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and CJ De Tomas (8-1 MM, 0-1 UFC). Both men have fights scheduled for the near future: Lausa in Sydney, Australia this November and De Tomas in Fresno, California in December.

The UFC has yet to officially announce Dy’s release from the promotion.

Gab Pangalangan

Gab Pangalangan is a former collegiate national Judo champ and the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of You can find his other works in the Philippines' leading magazines and websites.
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