Steve Cofield

Why was Rosholt cut? Former UFC middleweight prospect wins

Steve Cofield
Cagewriter

Maybe it'll be a short stay in the minors for Jake Rosholt. Only Dana White and Joe Silva know. In a division short on top level young prospects, Rosholt was booted by the UFC after just three fights. He suffered both losses via submission against Dan Miller and Kendall Grove but it seemed kind of ridiculous to cut the 27-year-old Rosholt, a three-time NCAA wrestling champion.

Rosholt went back to his home state this weekend and dominated someone named Rudy Lindsey. He used his wrestling to score the takedown and mauled Lindsey on the ground before the downed fighter gave his back. Rosholt scored the win at 2:37 of the first via rear naked choke (2:00 mark) in a 195-pound fight. Lindsey, a former heavyweight, has also lost to UFC veterans Tim Boetsch and Mike Wessel.

No one here is saying Rosholt could challenge for the middleweight title anytime soon but can you name one UFC middleweight currently on the roster, under 30 years old, who whets the appetite? Grove, Alan Belcher, Tom Lawlor, C.B. Dolloway, Rousimar Palhares and Goran Reljic are the top guys we could come up with.

As far as a return to the UFC, it may be a while for Rosholt as the UFC pushes the crop that comes out of the 28-fighter field on season 11 of "The Ultimate Fighter." Would the UFC risk matching any of those prospects against a guy like Rosholt in late 2010? He is smart training in Las Vegas right under the nose of White and the UFC offices. If the promotion needs late replacement maybe he gets his shot.

The fights from XFL's March Badness can be seen at Purefight.org.

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