Five fighters in danger of being cut

by Eric Holden | source:

As UFC president Dana White is quick to point out, the window of opportunity in this sport is short. Some fighters, like Antonio McKee, have been cut after a single loss. Two losses in a row is going to happen on average to 25% of the fighters, and is not necessarily a cause for release. Three in a row is close  to being certain exile.

Below is a selection of fighters who are likely one loss or at most two away from being gone.

1) Dan Hardy
Not many men have bounced back from losing four in a row to go on to have successful UFC careers. Hardy's tilt at UFC 146 on May 26 against Duane Ludwig may be his last chance to avoid the chopping block.

2) Thiago Silva
Silva has never beaten a legitimate top ten light heavyweight, as he struggled against top-notch contenders like Rashad Evans, Lyoto Machida and Alexander Gustafsson. A loss Mauricio "Shogun" Rua at UFC 149 might spell the end of the line for Silva.

3) Luiz Cane
Cane has lost three of four, with all three defeats coming by way of knockout. The 31-year-old light heavyweight, may need a win over Yushin Okami at UFC 150 to avoid release.

4) Duane Ludwig
Ludwig has lost three of his last five bouts, and a loss to Dan Hardy at UFC 146 may be enough to oust him from the league.

5) Yoshihiro Akiyama
The UFC showed plenty of patience by not releasing him after he dropped a unanimous decision to Jake Shields in Feb., but a loss to Thiago Alves in July at UFC 149 would push his losing skid to five.

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fightharder site profile image  

5/6/12 2:22 AM by fightharder

MMM might marketability have something to do with things? Though i do think it would be hard for Zuffa to hang on to Hardy if he lost against Ludwig you cannot deny that he fought some pretty stellar competition (GSP,Condit,Johnson when he was still focused and a Chris Lytle in his ''home'' town and last fight)....Ludwig will get dropped after a lose but been their before and probably be a nice addition to Strikeforce.Cane will be gone after a lose (to many Brazilians out their) though Akiyama would probably be kept on if he performs reasonable well.

nhbguy site profile image  

5/3/12 5:40 PM by nhbguy

How on earth is Duane Ludwig in danger of being cut? He's won 2 out of his last 3 and he's always in good fights. I think he's built up enough cred in his career to not be anywhere near a cut list at this point.

Son of Neckbone site profile image  

5/3/12 5:35 PM by Son of Neckbone

Silva is not on the chopping block. His only losses have been to the apex predators of the division, former champions and current contenders, and Shogun's another former champ.Dan Hardy and Ludwig aren't in real danger either as long as they both fight gamely. Ludwig looked great in his last loss against Neer, and Hardy is sadly more recognizable than all the other British fighters save Bisping (I'm talking about the avg mma fan here, not you elitist UG experts).Cane though will likely be gone with a loss, and Akiyama has shown me no reason to be fighting at this level.

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5/3/12 5:30 PM by RKing85

On this weekends card, if the following guys lose, I think they will be cutMike Massenzio, Karlos Vermola, Dennis Bermudez, Louis Gaudinot, and Pat Barry (not really, but if I was running the UFC, he'd be gone)

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5/3/12 4:23 PM by jjj2121

 5. Painted Red Mohawk 4. He "wars" (whatever that means, has he had any meaningful offense at all in his last 4 fights?) 3. Painted Red Mohawk. 2. From England 1. Painted Red Mohawk 

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5/3/12 3:46 PM by kulraven

I vote to drop none of the above. Most of these guys are fighters who will actually, you know, fight. Please stop flooding the UFC with wrestlers. Im not a wrestling hater either, I love the sport and my own son is a pretty fair wrestler. But the problem is when I want to watch a fight, I dont want to watch a wrestling match. Not all wrestlers fight in boring fashion of course, but many do.Lets not cut guys who come to fight just because they cant beat the best of the best.

MRG1 site profile image  

5/3/12 1:35 PM by MRG1

 so Dan Hardy should be cut, but its cool for Akiyama to lose 5 in a row? most of you are basing your decisions off of emotion. sorry, but, Hardy has done more in/for the ww division than Akiyama has. Both are very exiting fighters for the most part though... so like someone else stated, i say they stay until either one loses to someone that is not top 10.

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5/3/12 12:49 PM by rbl

I'm starting to like Leonard Garcia. He fights like a well trained striker who's blind drunk (which is funny) and he seems to be enjoying himself. It's also interesting to see how other fighters deal with a guy who basically swings for the fences for fifteen minutes straight. Shame about the decisions though.

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5/3/12 12:03 PM by sparkuri

 EXACTLY. Mod voted up.  : )

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5/3/12 11:36 AM by Atomac

So Thiago is considered being cut even though he lost to two former champs who both very recently had another title shot and one of the most promising up and comers who he fought on short notice after a year lay off? Realistic.