UFC 140 Jones vs. Machida: Who's on the Hot Seat?

Bryan Levick@@BryanLevickMMAContributor IDecember 7, 2011

UFC 140 Jones vs. Machida: Who's on the Hot Seat?

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    After a three-week hiatus, the UFC and The Hot Seat are back.

    Setting its sights on Toronto for the second time this year, the UFC presents UFC 140: Jones vs. Machida.

    UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones looks to continue his domination of the UFC's light heavyweight division against former 205-pound champion Lyoto Machida.

    Also featured on the main card will be the Nogueira brothers.

    Rodrigo looks to prove his loss to Frank Mir at UFC 92 was in fact due to a severe staph infection and knee injury, while Rogerio faces another former light heavyweight champion in Tito Ortiz. These two were scheduled to meet in March of this year in Seattle, but Ortiz was injured and forced to pull out of the contest.

    Brian Ebersole looks to continue his impressive run in the welterweight division as he faces Canadian Claude Patrick, who is a late replacement for one of the top prospects in all of MMA, Rory MacDonald.

    Rounding out the main card is hometown favorite Mark Hominick, who will compete in his first fight since losing longtime trainer Shawn Tompkins, as he faces "The Korean Zombie" Chan Sung Jung.

    Now that the UFC's deal with Spike is done, the preliminary fights will be on Ion television. Fans will now be treated to four bouts as opposed to the normal two on Spike. The rest of the bouts will stream live on the UFC's Facebook page.

    Let's not waste any more time and take a look at who might find themselves unemployed this time next week should they lose on Saturday night.

Tito Ortiz

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    Let's face it: Ortiz would have been long gone had he lost to Ryan Bader at UFC 132, but he came, he saw and he conquered the season eight winner of The Ultimate Fighter.

    That win gave him a little breathing room, which increased when he bailed the UFC out of a jam and replaced an injured Phil Davis in the main event of UFC 133 against rival Rashad Evans. He took that fight on just a few weeks' notice.

    While he did lose to Evans, he certainly showed he still has some gas left in his tank—but his days as a contender are long gone. A proud fighter and man like Ortiz doesn't seem the type to just hang on to collect a paycheck. He has done quite well for himself in his outside ventures and certainly doesn't need the money.

    If he is to lose to Nogueira here, there really isn't much left for him to do. He has even hinted at retiring in recent interviews. He has mentioned that he would like to fight Forrest Griffin in a rubber match, but no one was interested in seeing the second fight, let alone a third fight.

    If this is Ortiz's last hurrah, then all the fans and fighters, past and present, owe "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" a debt of gratitude. He helped bring the sport to the forefront and helped increase the fight purses for fighters everywhere.

    We'll definitely see him inducted in the UFC Hall of Fame sooner rather than later.

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira

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    Little Nog hasn't had all that much success since signing with the UFC in 2009.

    His debut was impressive, as he knocked out fellow Brazilian slugger Luiz Cane in just under two minutes. But since then, he has gone 1-2 and has looked rather old and slow.

    Much like his older brother Rodrigo, Rogerio has been through his share of battles during the course of his almost 11-year career. He has faced some of the best the world of mixed martial arts has to offer, including Guy Mezger, Kazushi Sakuraba, Alistair Overeem (twice), Dan Henderson and Mauricio "Shogun" Rua.

    He won all of those fights except the Rua battle, which he lost by unanimous decision.

    Since coming to the UFC and defeating Cane, Nogueira was taken to the limit by Jason Brilz, a fight that in many people's eyes, including UFC President Dana White, he lost. He then lost a decision to Ryan Bader in an uninspiring and rather boring performance.

    To be fair, many felt he was shafted this time around when the decision was handed down.

    Up next was the undefeated Phil Davis. At the time, Davis had all of eight fights under his belt and his toughest test came against two men in Tim Boetsch and Brian Stann, who were undersized light heavyweights and who both made the drop down to middleweight immediately after losing to Davis.

    Davis took Nogueria down at will and rode out a unanimous decision victory.

    There's not much left for the 35-year-old Nogueira. He is not considered a contender and is no longer the dangerous striker he was when he was younger.

    With his name, he must be making some decent scratch—money that the UFC could probably spend elsewhere and receive more return on its investment.

Dennis Hallman

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    To say that Dana White was not pleased with the outfit Hallman chose to wear in his UFC 133 bout with Brian Ebersole is a complete understatement.

    In fact, after fans in attendance and those watching on television were treated to the sight of Hallman's testicles, White awarded Ebersole an unprecedented bonus for getting Hallman and his speedo out of the Octagon as quickly as possible.

    He is 2-2 since returning to the UFC in December of 2009 with a win against an unfit and unprepared Karo Parisyan coupled with a unanimous decision victory against Ben Saunders at UFC 117. His other loss besides the one to Ebersole came against John Howard at The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights Finale.

    So, while he hasn't embarrassed himself with his performances, he has certainly done so with his choice of ring attire.

    A second consecutive loss could very well mark the end of Hallman's UFC career and his run in any big-time organizations. At 36 years old and with 67 fights under his belt, the Olympia, Washington native has had his share of success in MMA. He has defeated UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes twice, with both fights lasting a combined 37 seconds.

    There's not much room in the crowded welterweight division, and as I mentioned earlier, he did not do himself any favors by coming to the cage in skimpy purple shorts.