UFC 137 Fight Card: 5 Fighters Who Are Fighting for Their Jobs
With UFC 137 right around the corner, UFC fans across the globe patiently wait for what has potential to be one of the most exciting fight cards of 2011.
Despite losing George St-Pierre due to an injury, the remaining card is worth every dollar you'll spend.
Like any other event, we'll see some of the greatest fights of the year and specific fighters establish themselves as legitimate contenders in their respected weight classes.
But, we'll also see fighters fighting for their jobs as they haven't lived up to expectations in the UFC.
The following slides display five fighters who will be fighting for their UFC careers come Saturday, October 29th in Las Vegas.
Let's take a look.
Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic
Once one of the most dangerous fighters in the world, Mirko Cro Cop has now fallen into the category of those in jeopardy of losing their jobs.
Many UFC fans feel as if Cro Cop has lost his flashiness as he's been defeated in three of his last five fights.
To make matters worse, Cro Cop recently turned 37 years old and another loss may be the end of the road for the mixed martial arts legend.
If you're surprised Brandon Vera is still in the UFC, you have a right to be.
Similar to that of Cro Cop, Vera seems to have lost his edge as he's lost five of his last nine bouts including a No Contest against Thiago Silva at UFC 125.
Fans are beginning to grow tired of Vera's subpar performances and a loss at UFC 137 may very well be the last time we see him inside the Octagon.
There's no doubt UFC 137 will be the biggest fight of Eliot Marshall's career when he squares off with Brandon Vera in a light heavyweight bout.
Marshall knows what it's like to be cut by the UFC as he was dismissed in March of 2010.
This will be Marshall's second fight since returning to the UFC as he was defeated by Luiz Cane via Technical Knockout at UFC 128 in the first round.
Another loss for Marshall could be enough for White to cut him a second time.
While Roy Nelson isn't currently in jeopardy of losing his job, a loss at UFC 137 could very well put him in that position.
Nelson, had many believing he was a top tier heavyweight after defeating Stefan Struve at a Fight Night in 2011.
However, Nelson's now lost two consecutive fights and a third straight loss may be too much for Dana White to handle.
You're probably asking yourself right now, who is Francis Carmont? Well, good question.
Carmont is a mixed martial artists holding a record of 16-7 and will make his UFC debut in Las Vegas on the 29th.
While Carmont has been successful as of late, his career has had its fair share of inconsistency with ups and downs every step of the way.
If Carmont isn't impressive when he steps foot inside the Octagon in less than a week, it may be the only time he fights in the UFC.