UFC 142 Fight Card: 4 Guys Who Are Fighting for Their Jobs
UFC 142 takes place this Saturday as the world's leading mixed martial arts organization is set to return to the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.
A bevy of notable Brazilian fighters will be featured during this weekend's festivities, however, how many of them will actually stick around if they suffer another loss?
A former title contender, Gonzaga exited the UFC on a two-fight skid, losing to Junior dos Santos and Brendan Schaub.
In fact, after a loss to then-champion Randy Couture, Gonzaga went 3-4 in his next seven outings before being released from the organization.
He now returns this Saturday, taking on top prospect Edinaldo Oliveira in his promotional debut.
Mike Pyle has long been praised as a man with amazing talents, though he's often failed to capitalize on those skills when it matters most.
After compiling a three-fight win streak, Pyle was dominated by Canadian Rory MacDonald, who finished off the vet with first-round strikes. Now Pyle is 4-3 in his UFC career and could be packing his bags with another loss this weekend when he takes on Ricardo Funch.
Yeah, that's a real fighter.
If you don't remember Ricardo Funch it's because he had a very short-lived UFC career. In his two bouts inside the Octagon, the Brazilian lost battles against Johny Hendricks and Claude Patrick before being released from the organization.
Now Funch is set to return this weekend face Mike Pyle. Funch, teammate to Gabriel Gonzaga, is filling in for an injured Paulo Thiago, and though he's doing the UFC a favor, he could still be on his way out the door with another loss, after recording an 0-3 run inside the Octagon.
Once regarded as a promising contender in the lightweight field, Tavares has been hot and cold throughout his UFC career.
Tavares recently bounced back from a crushing knockout loss to Shane Roller after he bested veteran Spencer Fisher last August, TKO'ing "The King" in the second round.
Now Tavares will look to get back on a winning streak when he takes on Sam Stout this Saturday. Should the Brazilian suffer another loss, he would be 3-4-1 in his last eight outings, which doesn't really scream "viable" in the talent-laden division.