UFC on Versus 5 Fight Card: Who Has the Most to Lose?
Tonight at UFC on Versus 5, Chris Lytle is set to take on former No. 1 contender in the welterweight division, Dan Hardy.
Hardy is on a three-fight losing streak and only time will tell if Hardy will be sticking around in the UFC if he loses tonight.
Hardy is only one fighter with a lot to lose tonight in Milwaukee. Who are the other four?
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Dan Hardy is currently on a three-fight losing streak and is looking at a possible cut from the UFC with a loss against Chris Lytle.
Hardy has already escaped the chopping block once this year but if he loses to Lytle tonight, it could be curtains for Hardy in the UFC.
Donald Cerrone has won four straight fights since his loss to Ben Henderson in a fight for the WEC lightweight title.
Cerrone is 15-3 and his only losses have come against Henderson (twice) and Jamie Varner.
Cerrone is quickly climbing up the lightweight rankings and is starting to make a name for himself after two UFC victories.
A loss to Charles Oliveira could knock him down a couple pegs and keep him out of the lightweight title picture even longer.
Eddie Wineland is in a tough spot here. Wineland is the former WEC bantamweight champion and coming into this fight has already lost his UFC debut to Team Alpha Male member, Urijah Faber.
Now Wineland faces another Team Alpha Male member, Joseph Benavidez.
A loss to Benavidez will give him his second straight loss and dig himself into a big hole, putting him further away from regaining his title.
Wineland looked good in his four previous fights before Faber. Now he is looking at the possibility of a second straight loss and a third fight in the UFC that could be his last.
Joseph Benavidez is the No. 2 ranked bantamweight and is in line for a title shot if he can keep winning in 2012.
Benavidez's only two losses have come against current UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz. One of those losses was by split decision and the other was by unanimous decision.
If Benavidez wants to keep his high standing in the UFC and earn his third shot at Cruz, he has to keep winning. Eventually they will have to give Benavidez his title shot.
A loss here dashes those hopes even longer.
The UFC gave Alex "Bruce Leeroy" Caceres a shot when they paired him up with Mackens Semerzier at UFC Fight Night 24 in March.
Caceres lost that fight by submission in the first round and was kept around to fight Leonard Garcia tonight at UFC on Versus 5.
That didn't go as planned and now Caceres will face UFC newcomer Jimy Hettes on short notice.
Caceres could end the night 5-4. If he does lose against the newcomer, he could face a cut from the UFC with two straight losses after appearing on The Ultimate Fighter 12.