Post-UFC on FOX 12: On the Chopping Block

Steven SilerUFC on FOX 12 was live from San Jose, CA last night (July 26th) with a 12-fight card and produced a solid night of fights, even though most of them went the distance. With the event now behind us, let’s take a look at which UFC on FOX 12 fighters we may no longer see compete inside the Octagon… ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK: Kyle Kingsbury After building a four-fight winning streak inside the Octagon, Kingsbury has gone on to lose his last four, including a submission to Glover Texeira, a TKO to Jimi Manuwa, and decisions to Stephan Bonnar and most recently, Patrick Cummins, respectively. Cummins defeated the American Kickboxing Academy product on the televised preliminary portion of Saturday night’s UFC on FOX 12 and looked impressive in his dominant, three round outing. Kingsbury returned from a near-two year layoff and was beaten up for 15 minutes in front of his hometown crowd. Having four straight losses now, I would be surprised to see the UFC keep him around, so I expect him to be receiving his walking papers shortly. In any case, I believe we have seen the last of him inside the Octagon, as I think he will opt to hang up his gloves and call it a career after Saturday night’s disappointing outing. Engaged to Octagon girl Natasha Wicks and having recently become a firefighter, I think “Kingsbu” is going to be just fine in this life. Steven Siler “Super” Steven Siler started off his Octagon career on many highs, putting together a three-fight winning streak and going 5-1 before dropping his last three to Dennis Bermudez, Rony Jason and most recently Noad Lahat at Saturday night’s UFC on FOX 12, respectively. Now on a three-fight skid and being 2-4 in his last six, there is a good chance Siler receives his walking papers here. His most impressive Octagon outing came against Cole Miller, a fight in which he was a massive underdog and ended up dominating Miller on the feet for all three rounds of action to pick up a unanimous nod on the judges’ scorecards. He also impressed with his last victory, where he scored an early first round knockout of veteran Mike Brown. Siler is a solid fighter and I enjoy watching him compete, but now with him having lost three straight it is hard seeing the UFC keep him around. That said, I would not be surprised to see him get another chance. I feel that way because while he lost to Lahat, he was down two rounds and came out strong in the third, desperately looking for the finish, and that’s what the UFC likes to see. Also, his loss to Rony Jason was a very bad, very premature stoppage by the referee, as Siler was not knocked out and was properly defending with upkicks when the fight was stopped, so perhaps the UFC will also take that into consideration. Should he receive his walking papers, I expect the WSOF to scoop him up immediately.

Written by Gabe Killian

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