Post-UFC 182: On the Chopping Block

rodrigo-damm-PNGThe Ultimate Fighting Championship was live on Pay Per View this past Saturday night (Jan. 03, 2015) with UFC 182, and after the night of mostly uneventful fights, let’s take a look at which of the evening’s athletes we may no longer see compete inside the Octagon… ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK: Rodrigo Damm Damm went three rounds with Evan Dunham but came out on the losing end of a unanimous decision on the judges’ scorecards. The loss puts the Brazilian on a three fight skid, which includes another unanimous decision against Rashid Magomedov and a TKO at the hands of Al Iaquinta. He has faced solid opposition in all three of his last bouts and was a massive underdog heading into all, so it could be said that he did not get a very fair shake. However, that is sometimes the name of the game is the world of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), and for Damm, I believe this time it’ll be all she wrote. He is undersized at 155 pounds but unable to continue cutting down to 145 pounds for health reasons, and while I don’t think he can compete in the UFC’s lightweight division, I think he could find some luck once back on the regional circuit. That said, even if he does put a few together outside the Octagon, I don’t think we will be seeing him compete in the UFC again, unless it’s as a short notice replacement for a card in Brazil. Alexis Dufresne Dufresne was dominated by promotional newcomer Marion Reneau and lost the bout via unanimous decision on the judges’ scorecards. She was a 2-to-1 favorite to win the contest heading in, but it quickly became clear who the true favorite was, as Reneau immediately took control of the bout at the opening bell and kept it until the closing bell of the third frame. After dropping a controversial split decision to Sara Moraes in his promotional debut, Dufresne is now 0-2 inside the Octagon, and she has failed to make weight for both bouts, which makes it likely she will be receiving the boot from the promotion, especially considering how on sided her defeat was. She proved to have zero striking skills and that she is not a UFC-caliber athlete, so at least for now, I think it is safe to say we’ve seen the last of her inside the Octagon.

Written by Gabe Killian

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