The thirteenth season of the highly successful “Ultimate Fighter” series has come to a close and we are set to crown yet another winner, not to mention a lightweight bout that could change the face of the 155-lbs division.
But while combatants are looking to move their way further up the ladder to achieve their goal of being a Champion, others are fighting to keep their octagon career alive; these are the fighters I will look at in this article.
Stone is the first of the night to step up to the chopping block when he faces former title challenger Scott Jorgensen.
Stone made his Zuffa debut on the final WEC event where he was amongst the bigger talking points for all the wrong reasons, Stone was slammed to the mat by Eddie Wineland who followed up with several strikes to his lifeless body which is one of the scariest finishes I’ve seen in my time following the sport.
Jorgensen will be looking to make an example out of the American Top Team product and if he is successful that will be two losses in as many appearances for the company.
Shamar Bailey & Ryan McGillivray
With the UFC being packed to the rafters with talent right now it’s clear that when these two standouts from the past season of TUF face off that the loser isn’t going to leave with a contract.
Bailey was once the favorite to take the contract at the end but his hopes were de-railed early in the season and McGillivray has the heart and desire to be a mixed martial artist but is that enough?
When these two welterweight prospects enter the cage they will be fighting for survival and whoever wants it more will leave with a victory.
Roop is said to be a favorite amongst the Zuffa office but his string of disappointing performances could prove to be his exit from the organization.
And to make matters worse, he has to face one of their best rising prospects in Josh Grispi.
With a defeat this would have to be the end for his run this time around, he would have won one bout in five trips to the cage since his WEC debut in 2010.
Clay Harvison & Justin Edwards
Much like the 170-lbs tilt between Bailey & McGillivray these two find themselves on the hot seat as well with only one entering the already stacked welterweight division.
Harvison looks to fight his way into the UFC for his father and brother who have recently passed away and Edwards looks to continue his unbeaten professional record, whoever leaves with the losers share of the purse will likely be exited from the company.
Herman is the only fighter on the main card with his head firmly on the chopping block and it’s because he’s been defeated in three of his last five fights and hasn’t fought since 2009.
Herman made a name for himself inside the UFC for always bringing the action in his career leaving with a fight of the night and submission of the night bonus for his troubles but his biggest problem has always been his inconsistency.
He faces Tim Creuder of “Ultimate Fighter” fame who also hasn’t competed for over 24 months and both men should bring the fireworks and if “Short Fuse” winds up on the losing end of it then it should result in a pink slip.