Post-UFC Fight Night 104: On the Chopping Block

Ovince Saint PreuxThe Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was in Houston, TX this past Saturday (February 4, 2017) for the fifth time in promotional history with UFC Fight Night 104: Bermudez vs. Korean Zombie. The entertaining night of action saw seven of the 12 bouts end inside the distance, and with the scraps now in our rear view, let’s take a look at which of the evening’s competitors we may no longer see going to work inside the Octagon… ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK Ovince Saint Preux OSP came up short in a split-decision loss to promotional newcomer Volkan Oezdemir. He is now on a three-fight losing streak and 1-4 in his last five outings inside the Octagon. He is still a top-ranked light heavyweight though, so I think the UFC should and most likely will give him another fight. However, I would not be surprised to see the Tennessee native released from his the promotion. Anthony Hamilton “Freight Train” made a quick return to action following a first-round kimura submission loss to Francis Ngannou two months ago and suffered a first-round knockout at the hands of promotional newcomer Marcel Fortuna. Hamilton is now on a two-fight losing steak and 1-3 in his last four. After failing to put together two straight wins since signing with the UFC, he is 3-6 inside the Octagon and could be released from the promotion following the back-to-back finishes. I think it’s more likely that the UFC keeps him around for one more fight considering how razor thin the division is, but I would not be at all surprised to see the 36-year-old receive his walking papers. Bec Rawlings Rawlings missed weight for her strawweight bout against Tecia Torres, and after losing the contest by unanimous decision, she said she is done with at 115 pounds. That means her next outing will likely come in the Invicta FC 125-pound division, as I don’t see the UFC keeping her around following two losses to give her a shot at bantamweight. That is, unless they really want to see another 135-pounder on their roster get a win. I think there is a good chance we have seen the last of Rawlings inside the Octagon.

Written by Gabe Killian

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