Post-UFC 175 and TUF 19 Finale: On the Chopping Block

Jesse-RonsonUFC 175 and The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale were both live this past weekend and each produced a night of exciting fights. Now, with the solid weekend of fights in our rear-view, let’s take a look at which UFC 175 and The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale losers we may no longer see compete inside the Octagon… Chris Camozzi Camozzi showed very poor fight IQ this past Saturday night at UFC 175 in Las Vegas, where he took Bruno Santos on and was ground out for a split decision loss. He was finding success defending the Brazilian’s takedowns, but he would continuously make the mistake of throwing a knee, which Santos used to take him down. Every single time he was taken down was because he attempted a knee strike. Camozzi is now on a three fight losing streak and contract termination after such a poor outing is a very likely possibility. After his fight, Camozzi was clearly frustrated because of the game-plan used by Santos, which leaves me completely befuddled. Hey Chris, did you try watching a single one of his previous fights? What did you expect, bud? Then Camozzi went on to say he wants to fight Yoshihiro Akiyama on the Japan card in September, but it’s very unlikely it happens. Ildemar Alcantara After making his Octagon debut at light heavyweight and very impressively submitting Wagner Prado with a kneebar in the first round of action, Alcantara dropped down to his natural weight class of welterweight, where he has been an unimpressive 2-2; even unimpressive in his victories, which came by way of decision. He is 1-2 in his last three fights and is likely facing contract termination following his unanimous 30-26 loss to Kenny Robertson at UFC 175. The Brazilian has given the UFC no reason to keep him around, not only with his last lass, but with all of his recent fights. After an impressive debut, he has fallen very short, and it is likely we saw him compete inside the Octagon for the last time in what is a very stacked 170-pound division. Jesse Ronson “The Body Snatcher” is now 0-3 inside the Octagon, losing all three fights via split decision. Ronson put up solid performances in every outing and could have arguably won those fights, as one judge scored it for it in each of them. Personally, I felt he edged Michel Prazeres in his promotional debut. He has not been completely outmatched, but perhaps he needs to return to the regional circuit, improve his ground game and try to put a few wins together to earn another call from the big show. I expect the Canadian to be released after his last loss to Kevin Lee at The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale’s under-card this past Sunday night, but I would not be surprised to see him return. If he is able to put some wins together, I think they will bring him back for a Canadian card.

Written by Gabe Killian

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