UFC Fight Night 30 is in the books, which means a number of fighters are pondering what could have been. The event produced a total of 11 losers, who now have some ground to make up before regaining their pre-Saturday night position on the UFC roster.
Strangely, the night's co-main event saw no loser—only two frustrated fighters sharing a no-contest. But hey, a no-contest is better than losing, right? The 11 fighters who lost would likely attest to that.
Here we'll take a look at what a loss means for each defeated UFC Fight Night 30 combatant and where their respective roads to recovery begin.
Billed as a guy with solid striking technique and nasty throws from the clinch, Kuiper was outlanded and bullied in close quarters by Brad Scott.
Couple the weak performance with his now 1-3 UFC record, and it will be beyond surprising if the Dutchman is invited back to the Octagon for a fifth fight.
He's an unheralded guy who took a tough fight on two weeks notice. Fighters like Whiteford are usually given second chances by the UFC as a show of thanks for saving an otherwise doomed bout.
Obviously, Whiteford didn't earn himself a step up in competition. More likely than not, he'll sit on the shelf until the Octagon comes back to the United Kingdom. Then he'll either be laid down as a stepping stone or given the chance to begin a climb of his own against a similarly unheralded opponent.
Ogle's strong finish wasn't enough to wrest victory away from Cole Miller, but it does inspire confidence that he belongs in the UFC. While Miller isn't a contender, he is a tough out, and Ogle kept it close.
Look for "The Little Axe," aka "The Hatchet," to find his way onto another UFC show in England next year.
With the loss, Sexton drops to 0-2 in the UFC. Lucky for her, the women's bantamweight division is still shallow, so the promotion probably isn't looking to make any cuts yet.
On the flip side, the short roster means the potential list of opponents is quite small.
The solution I see is to pair her up with a woman currently competing on The Ultimate Fighter. Whether it's the winner or someone who comes up short, Sexton against an up-and-comer would make a lot of sense.
The matchup presents her with a chance to rebound and a chance for a TUF competitor to make a name for herself.
It's a disappointing loss for Craig, who entered his fight with Barnatt having already fought four more well-established opponents.
He had had some momentum, and a win at UFC Fight Night 30 may have springboarded him into a big fight. As it stands now, he'll need to grind out another win or two before he makes it to that level.
A fight with Bubba McDaniel or Tor Troeng would make sense at this point.
Hallmann's stock took a big hit with the loss. After shocking the MMA community by submitting Francisco Trinaldo in his UFC debut, Hallmann goes from exciting new prospect to just another 1-1 fighter.
Still, it's not like he lost to a weak competitor, and he wasn't completely blown out. Hallmann looks like he has a future in the UFC, but his next fight will be pivotal.
In terms of potential opponents, I'm going to throw out Mitch Clarke. Why, you ask? Well, Clarke is another guy teetering on the balance scale, and it would be a sink-or-swim scenario for both guys.
So Clarke, or anyone in a similar position, makes sense for Hallmann, who started his UFC career a decent way up the learning curve.
Harris' UFC record drops to 1-2, and he's now in do-or-die territory. He needs a win next time out, or there will be little reason for the promotion to keep him on board.
The question is, will the UFC give him a soft matchup to better his chances of keeping a roster spot, or will he have to fight for his life?
I'd like to see him face off with Louis Gaudinot sometime early next year.
I won't beat around the bush here. After four straight losses (one by disqualification), Sakara's UFC career has likely run its course.
He's been around for a long time now, but he's never been able to break through to the middleweight division's upper crust. It seems like time has expired on him.
Tuck looked tentative against Norman Parke, and the result was a clear-cut decision loss. Now at 1-1 in the UFC, he no longer looks like an exciting prospect.
He has talent; it just doesn't look like he has contender talent. But hey, his career is just beginning. If he rebounds well, he would be right back on track.
Tuck has a lot of options at 155, but don't be surprised if you see him in the Octagon with someone you don't recognize (or at least someone far from contention) next time out.
I think Jimmo is going to be released. He's 2-2 in the UFC, and though this most recent loss was something of a fluke since it ended via injury, it was never looking promising for the Canadian.
Besides, his style is not particularly fan-friendly, and recent speculation over a potential UFC roster purge paints a bleak picture.
If the UFC decides to retain him for roster depth, he might work for someone like Thiago Silva, who needs to show where he stands in the division.
It was as clear before the fight as it is after—Munoz just isn't in the same league as Lyoto Machida. For that reason, the loss isn't particularly damaging to Munoz's career, although it brings to light the harsh reality that he is unlikely to be a UFC champion.
Still, he should have some good, meaningful fights in the years to come. He could start looking to get back in the win column by taking on Francis Carmont. It's a fight that would make a lot of sense for each guy, both in terms of timing and relevance.