The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was back in Pittsburgh, PA for the third time in promotional history with UFC Fight Night 116: Rockhold vs. Branch. It was an entertaining night of action that saw eight of 10 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
Lombard has now suffered four straight defeats inside the Octagon, one was a decision and three were come-from-behind knockouts in fights he was clearly winning. It has been a serious string of bad luck for the Cuban, who will likely be receiving his walking papers from the promotion now. I would not be completely surprised to see the UFC give him another shot, but I don’t really see it happening. I think it is more likely that we see him back in Bellator than inside the Octagon.
After winning one and losing one for a few fights, Hamilton is now on a three-fight losing skid in the UFC, having been finished in all three bouts; twice by T/KO and once via submission. The UFC’s heavyweight division is razor-thin, so I would not be surprised to see them keep him around for one more contest, although I think it is more likely that we have seen the last of “The Freight Train” inside the Octagon.