Duran was fired for voicing his dissatisfaction with the UFC’s new sponsorship deal with Reebok.
He’s been a fixture at UFC events and he broke the news on Twitter himself, with UFC officials declining to comment officially on the matter.
@daej81 You will be the first to know that the UFC just let me go because I spoke out about the Reebok deal. Got to look for a new job!
— Jacob Stitch Duran (@StitchDuran) July 21, 2015
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Duran’s tweets pretty much tell the tale.
@dawley170 Its true, freedom of speech will get you canned.
— Jacob Stitch Duran (@StitchDuran) July 22, 2015
Not surprisingly, most of the responses have been supportive:
— ☆Lacey Sears☆ (@ladielacey) July 22, 2015
Sooo disappointed to hear about @StitchDuran !! He's the man and was my go to guy. Wrapped me for all my championship fights!
— Chris Weidman (@chrisweidman) July 22, 2015
— Big John McCarthy (@JohnMcCarthyMMA) July 22, 2015
@StitchDuran 😭😭😭 wtf just heard the news. I will always keep the "Quiet Storm"
— Randa Markos (@randamma) July 22, 2015
— Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) July 22, 2015
Soooo we the fighters are assed out because @StitchDuran spoke his mind? Smfh when one door closes another opens. Much respect to you Stitch
— Rumble Johnson (@Anthony_Rumble) July 22, 2015
I hear ya @StitchDuran respect!
— BANGMuayThaicom (@DUANEBANGCOM) July 21, 2015
— Nathan Quarry (@NateRockQuarry) July 22, 2015
— Wellux (@Wellux_Lewis) July 22, 2015
Just got done talking to @stitchduran going to try and write up that interview so it can be posted tonight
— John S. Nash (@heynottheface) July 22, 2015
@StitchDuran sorry to hear the shitty news man. You saved more than one fight from being stopped thats for sure!
— Jay General (@jayfreshstart) July 22, 2015
@StitchDuran so years of mistake free work doesn't count for anything? Holy cow man. You being gone SERIOUSLY changes the show!!!!
— Matthew Dawley (@dawley170) July 22, 2015
— Team Alpha Male (@TeamAlphaMale) July 12, 2015