At one time Josh Grispi looked like one of the most dangerous, up-and-coming featherweights in the world. But now his career may be the thing that is in danger.
With his submission loss during the preliminary bouts of UFC on Fox 4, he has now lost three straight fights. This most recent setback came at the hands of Brazil's Rani Yahya.
Yahya himself had lost three of his last four fights, so the bout represented a desperate situation for both men.
Yahya responded and Grispi did not.
Grispi was once the No. 1 contender to take on Jose Aldo based on his success in the WEC. But ever since he joined the big company with the little name, he has found the going too tough.
The UFC is not an organization that will allow long periods of futility. Though Grispi was wildly successful in other organizations, compiling a 14-1 record before his UFC debut in 2011, fans and Dana White will evaluate him based on his time with the UFC.
How many more shots does Josh Grispi deserve in the UFC?
Grispi has lost his UFC bouts in almost every way imaginable. Yahya's submission victory goes in line with the KO loss Grispi suffered from body punches from George Roop, and the decision loss in his debut against Dustin Poirier.
At this point Grispi's biggest win is a victory over a fading Jens Pulver in 2009, while both men were in WEC. It's a tough reality, but this is a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately business.
White may not cut Grispi just yet, but if he loses his next fight we should all wait for the announcement to come.
The UFC represents the best and highest profile MMA competition in the world, and at this point, Grispi has not measured up.
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