UFC Fight Night 24: What's Next for the Losers?
How secure is your favorite fighter's job?
If you're a Rogerio Nogueira or Dan Hardy fan, the outlook isn't very good, as they both extended their losing streaks at UFC Fight Night 24 this weekend.
Also going down were fan favorites such as Leonard Garcia and DaMarques Johnson, as well as the infamous Alex 'Bruce Leeroy' Caceres.
The obvious question: What's next for the losers, a trip back to the regional circuit? Or will they get to stick around for one last chance inside the Octagon?
The fight many expected to be the worst of the night ended with a huge comeback win for Nik Lentz.
Lowe seemed to easily win the first two rounds and was well on his way to a third consecutive decision victory when he got sucked into a guillotine choke about halfway through the final round.
With the loss, Lowe is now 2-2 inside the Octagon, but his wins have been lackluster decisions.
Something tells me he won't keep his job in the super competitive Lightweight division.
Odds He Is Cut: 65 percent
Next Fight: Somewhere outside the UFC.
Mario Miranda had the crowd on his side after showing up to the weigh-in wearing a Seattle Sonics jersey.
Unfortunately, Aaron Simpson didn't feel the need to appease the crowd and easily dominated Miranda, using his wrestling to earn a lopsided unanimous decision.
The loss is the third in four fights for 'Super' Mario, and will likely end his UFC tenure.
Odds He Is Cut: 95 percent
Next Fight: Outside of the UFC.
The 22-year-old prospect TJ Waldburger ran into one of the best up-and-coming fighters in the Welterweight division in Johny Hendricks, and was disposed of quickly.
Hendricks buckled Waldburger with back-to-back left hands in the first round and brought the Texas-based fighter's UFC record to 1-1.
I have a feeling that the UFC will keep this kid around for another fight, mostly due to Hendricks being brought in on short notice.
Odds He Is Cut: 40%
Next Fight: Throw him in there with TJ Grant and see if he belongs.
'Big Sexy' had his pretty face busted up by Christian Morecraft in the opening round and never looked like he was in the fight.
After getting hit by an illegal shot to the groin, McCorkle took the time to recover, but seemed to be out of it and was submitted by a standing guillotine choke shortly after.
Having lost two in a row, McCorkle's job status would normally be in much worse shape, but due to his ability to hype a fight and the lack of guys in the Heavyweight division, he is probably safe.
Odds He Is Cut: 35 percent
Next Fight: Jon Madsen also lost on tonight's card, and Madsen's wrestling against McCorkle's tricky BJJ would be interesting.
How many good things can you say about a losing fighter?
Figueroa showed a ton of grit, surviving the stand up against a much better opponent and escaping several tight submissions in the second round.
He may have suffered the first loss of his young career, but Figueroa looked good against the extremely talented Mike McDonald and gave the fans a memorable Fight of the Night performance.
Odds He Is Cut: 10%
Next Fight: A match up against Ian Loveland would give both fighters a chance to get back into the win column.
Savage just can't seem to get a UFC victory.
After two very close rounds, McCray's gas tank just seemed to run out in the third round.
John Hathaway took advantage, earning a few key takedowns to earn a split decision win.
Odds He Is Cut: 99 percent. You don't lose your first three fights and get another chance.
Alex "Bruce Leeroy" Caceres
The charismatic Alex Caceres earned himself some fans while on TUF 12, but he was easily run through by Mackens Semerzier in his UFC debut.
Dana White seems to like Caceres, so it may give him more chances than the usual TUF fighter, but last night's performance didn't help him.
Odds He Gets Cut: 50 percent
Next Fight: If they keep him around, a fight with Leonard Garcia could be fun.
Madsen was one of the hottest Heavyweights in the division coming into his fight against Mike Russow, but after he took a few stiff right hands, the doctor had to call a stop to the fight and award Russow the win.
Madsen is still a top prospect in the Heavyweight division, and will need a good win in his next fight to inch closer to the top 20 in the division.
Odds He Is Cut: 5 percent
Next Fight: Sean McCorkle. Loser goes home.
Even though it wasn't quite as exciting as the first fight, Leonard Garcia and "The Korean Zombie" gave us the most memorable fight of the night once again.
Garcia wasn't his usual aggressive self, waiting on the outside to counter before throwing punches from his waistline.
After slipping on an attempted head kick, Garcia was submitted via TWISTER with one second left in the second round.
Odds He Is Cut: 10 percent. I can't see the UFC releasing a fighter this exciting unless he's lost a few in a row.
Next Fight: As I said earlier, he needs to fight "Bruce Leeroy."
Johnson stepped in on short notice to replace James Wilks and gave Amir Sadollah a decent fight, likely winning the first round.
But Sadollah proved to be too much for the TUF 9 finalist and he was finished by TKO in the second.
Johnson has now lost two of his last three inside the UFC, but since he stepped in on two weeks' notice, his job is probably safe for now.
Odds He Is Cut: 35 percent
Next Fight: Welterweight is a stacked division, but the loser of Claude Patrick and Daniel Roberts could prove to be a good test.
The cocky Brit's bad luck continued, as he suffered his third loss in a row, being dominated by Anthony Johnson.
Hardy's weakness has always been his wrestling, and Johnson exploited this early and often, holding "The Outlaw" down for nearly the entire fight.
It's unlikely that Hardy will be cut, but he can't afford another performance like the one he had last night.
Odds He Is Cut: 25 percent
Next Fight: Matt Serra will likely oblige him in the stand-up war he's been asking for.
For five minutes, Little Nog was doing what was thought to be nearly impossible: consistently stuff Phil Davis' takedowns.
The smaller Nogueira twin looked sharp on the feet for the better part of two rounds before finally being overwhelmed by "Mr. Wonderful."
The loss makes it two in a row for Nogueira, who lost to Ryan Bader at UFC 119 in similar fashion.
Odds He Is Cut: 5 percent
Next Fight: A win over the recently resigned Brandon Vera would look good on Little Nog's resume, and would get him away from the wrestlers who have been making his life miserable.
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