Post-UFC Fight Night 45: On the Chopping Block

ufc-156UFC Fight Night 45 was live from Atlantic City, NJ last night (July 16, 2014) with an 11-fight card and produced an incredible evening of scraps from start to finish. With the great evening fights now behind us, let’s take a look at which UFC Fight Night 45 losers we may no longer see compete inside the Octagon… Pat Healy “Bam-Bam” is now 0-4-1 inside the Octagon and will most certainly be receiving his walking papers, as it was half-a-miracle he was not released before this loss. He dropped a unanimous decision to Brazilian veteran Gleison Tibau in the headliner of last night’s prelims. Most MMA media scoring agreed with the judges’ decision. Healy just did not do enough in a fight he should have given it his all in. After defeating Jim Miller via third round rear naked choke submission in his promotional debut after the UFC-Strikeforce merger, he has now dropped four consecutive unanimous decisions to Khabib Nurmagomedov, Bobby Green, Jorge Masvidal and now Gleison Tibau, respectively. My best guess is we will see him competing for World Series of Fighting around December. Evan Dunham Dunham is now 1-4 in his last five and is on a three-fight losing streak inside the Octagon, coming off a unanimous decision loss to Rafael dos Anjos and a pair of stoppages against Donald Cerrone and Edson Barboza, respectively. However, it is worth noting that I personally scored the dos Anjos bout for Dunham, as did most MMA media outlets scoring the fight. Regardless, a three-fight skid is a three-fight skid and I would expect a pink slip coming his way, though I would not be completely shocked to see the UFC keep him around, considering the fact that they gave Healy another shot after failing a drug test, then proceeding to drop three straight. You’d figure the five-and-a-half-year Octagon veteran would have more clout with the UFC brass than a five-fight veteran, but you never know. I also would not be surprised to see Jessamyn Duke and/or Justin Salas receive their walking papers, but I think it is unlikely. Duke is now 1-2 inside the Octagon and on a two-fight skid, and normally that could be enough to get you on the chopping block, but considering the fact that she is popular and competing in a razor-thin division, I think she is going to be safe. She was dispatched and TKO’d by former Invicta FC flyweight Leslie Smith in their preliminary card bout last night, and really needs to get things together if she wants a future in the UFC. She has clearly been on a decline since her Octagon debut. Salas has been up and down since signing with the promotion, going 3-3 without putting any streaks together, be it winning or losing. Though he was stopped by Joe Proctor in their preliminary card bout last night, he continued to show improvement in his game, mainly his striking. I personally would like to see him fight again, and considering the fact that he was winning the fight until the stoppage and that he was coming off a knockout victory of his own, I think we will indeed see him compete inside the Octagon at least once more.

Written by Gabe Killian

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