Post-UFC Fight Night 100: On the Chopping Block

Warlley AlvesThe Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to Sao Paulo, Brazil for UFC Fight Night 100 and produced a night of exciting action. Now that we have the scraps in our rear-view mirro, let’s take a look at which of the evening’s competitors we may no longer see in action inside the Octagon… ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK Warlley Alves Alves started off hot in the UFC, putting together four wins in a row, three of which came by way of guillotine-choke submission, proving to be his signature move. His hot run ended when he took on former lightweight Bryan Barbarena at UFC 198 earlier this year, as he tasted defeat for the first time in his professional mixed martial arts career in one of the biggest upsets of the year, dropping a unanimous decision to The MMA Lab’s Barbarena. The Brazilian made an attempt to get back into the win column with a win over Kamaru Usman, but things did not go his way, as Kusman dominated the fight en route to a unanimous decision victory on the judges’ scorecards, putting him on a two-fight skid and on the chopping block. The Brazilian has appeared to be on a decline, despite being only 26 years of age, especially considering he lost to Barbarena in one of the biggest betting upsets of the year, as Alves was a 7-to-1 favorite in the bout. At this point, I think it is 50/50 as to whether the UFC decides to send him his walking papers or not. He has had five of six of his UFC bouts in Brazil, so if they keep him around, I imagine it would be to use for another card there, as he is a popular fighter in the country. Francimar Barroso Barroso suffered a controversial first-round TKO against undefeated promotional newcomer Darren Stewart, and he is now on a two-fight losing streak inside the Octagon. A headbutt that the referee missed was what started the TKO stoppage for Stewart. Now being 3-3 in the UFC and coming off two straight losses, I think there is a fair chance that the UFC opts to part ways with the Brazilian, especially considering the fact that he has looked unimpressive, even in victory. The controversial nature of this loss to Stewart could be what keeps him around. Considering four of his seven UFC appearances have come in his native Brazil, it would not surprise me to see the promotion keep him for a 2017 return there like Alves.

Written by Gabe Killian

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