Even before Jon Fitch's unceremonious UFC exit on Wednesday, I fancied myself a rare aficionado of the man's body of work.
There's something about his signature brand of slow-motion pulverization that, to me, is just plain nasty. I mean, the guy is a freakin' road grader. It's the slowness that makes his attack so frightening. He's like The Melvins of MMA fighters.
Anyway, whatever the actual cause of Wednesday's George Washington-level bloodletting at UFC HQ, it had to be discomfiting for the fighters. And you know what? If I were any of these six men, I'd probably be particularly discomfited. At least, that's what I think, sitting here in my chair with no information whatsoever about the promotion's internal thinking. Get ready for wild speculation at its finest!
It's not that I'd be happy to see any of these guys go. I'm just saying that, in my own reading of the tea leaves, it appears the axe might be dangling especially low over these fighters.
These are guys who haven't looked good lately, are past their prime, don't have irreplaceable star power, might be problematic or irritating to UFC brass from a business or personal perspective, or some combination of any of the above.