Post-UFC Fight Night 54: On the Chopping Block

JakeLindsey_HeadshotUFC Fight Night 54 was live from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada this past Saturday (October 4, 2014) night with a 12-fight card and produced a night of exciting fights, including five finishes. Now with the solid night of scraps behind us, let’s take a look at which UFC Fight Night 54 fighters we may no longer see compete inside the Octagon… ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK: Jake Lindsey Lindsey made his promotional debut taking on Guam-native Jon Tuck at UFC Fight Night 42 and lost the bout in the third round, submitting due to a heel to the body Tuck delivered while having back control on the mat. The loss was the first for Lindsey, who was undefeated at 9-0 heading into the scrap. He last saw action at UFC Fight Night 54 in Nova Scotia this past Saturday night, taking of TUF Nations finalist Olivier Aubin-Mercier, and losing via submission in the second frame. After back-to-back poor outings, and having been easily beaten and finished in both bouts, I think this may be the last we have seen of “The Librarian” inside the Octagon. I expect he will be receiving his walking papers from the promotion and perhaps making an appearance on a Bellator undercard in 2015. Some fighters get three, even four chances at a victory, but often times just two is enough to get you sent packing. I believe this time two is more than enough, as a release would have even been justified after his first. Tuck showed that “The Librarian” does not belong in the Octagon, and is better off at the library. Aubin-Mercier did the same. Jerrod Sanders Sanders made his UFC debut in the 155-pound division, taking on Cuban striker Yosdenis Cedeno and losing via TKO due to knee injury. Cedeno dominated him on the feet in the first frame, and he was unable to answer the bell for the second. Following the bout, he dropped down two weight classes to the UFC’s bantamweight division, where he took on former RFA bantamweight champion Pedro Munhoz. Sanders did what many expected of him, as he attempted an early takedown. Unfortunately for him, the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Munhoz immediately seized an opening to lock up a guillotine choke, and within seconds, had the tap from Sanders. “J-Reazie’ is now 0-2 inside the Octagon and has not looked the least bit impressive. I would not be surprised to see the UFC give him another crack, as his only fight in his natural weight class of 135-pounds was against a fighter who is greatly superior to him. That said, I do expect he will be receiving his pink slip from the promotion shortly. Maybe he’ll find better luck on a WSOF undercard.

Written by Gabe Killian

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