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On the chopping block: Lucas Martins, Jeremy Larsen, Azamat Gashimov, Fabio Maldonado, Roger Hollett, Paulo Thiago, John Cholish
There is no doubt in my mind that the next UFC event, held in Brazil, will provide us multiple cuts from the undercard.
Lucas Martins and Jeremy Larsen meet in a battle of 0-1 fighters. Martins was trounced in his short-notice debut against Edson Barboza, while Larsen questionably gets a second fight with the company after losing his Ultimate Fighter Finale bout to Joe Proctor in under two minutes. The loser will leave town here, unless there is a draw, in which both would be cut in that case.
Although the flyweight division is incredibly light, another loss for Azamat Gashimov would likely get him the axe. The Russian debuted and was quickly defeated by Ivan Menjivar in the bantamweight division, but now drops to 125 to meet Brazilian slugger John Lineker.
A light heavyweight will also likely get cut, as Canadian Roger Hollett fights the always tough and entertaining Brazilian Fabio Maldonado. Hollett dropped his debut with the company in lackluster fashion against Matt Hamill, while Maldonado finds himself employed because he is tough and entertaining. Since winning his UFC debut, Maldonado has dropped three straight to Kyle Kingsbury, Igor Pokrajac and Glover Teixeira.
Paulo Thiago's long UFC career may come to an end, but he finds himself with a lesser known, late-notice replacement in the form of Michel Prazeres. Thiago has struggled to find consistency and has struggled as of late, so a loss, especially to a newcomer and late addition, would get him the can for sure.
Lastly, John Cholish is in dire need of a win when he takes on Brazilian mammoth Gleison Tibau. Cholish won impressively in his UFC debut against Mitch Clarke, but lost his latest outing against Danny Castillo.