Post-UFC Fight Night 59: On the Chopping Block

john_howard_eyeThe Ultimate Fighting Championship was live from Boston last night for UFC Fight Night 59 with a solid night of fights, 12 in all. With the event now in our rear-view, let’s take a look at which of the evening’s competitors we may no longer see inside the Octagon… ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK: John Howard “Doomsday” strung together four wins in a row over Chris Wilson, Tamden McRory, Dennis Hallman and Daniel Roberts before dropping three in a row to Jake Ellenberger, Thiago Alves and Matt Brown, respectively, and ultimately being released from the promotion. He went on to post a 6-1 record on the regional circuit, and earned a second shot inside the UFC, replacing an injured Josh Samman against Urijah Hall in his hometown of Boston. It was a solid outing for Howard, who defeated Hall via split decision, and then went on to earn a unanimous decision over Siyar Bahadurzada in his next outing. Unfortunately for Howard, his luck ended there, as he went on to drop a pair of decisions to Ryan LaFlare and Brian Ebersole, respectively, and followed those with a TKO at the hands of Lorenz Larkin at last night’s UFC Fight Night 59, which was also in his hometown of Boston. Now, again after having dropped three in a row, I think he will be getting released from the promotion for the second time, and I would not count him out to returning for a third stint. Sean Soriano The Blackzilian product looked great in his promotional debut a year ago, taking on Tatsuya Kawajiri and looking impressive in the early going of the fight. Unfortunately, he succumbed to the veteran’s takedowns and was ultimately forced to tap to a rear naked choke submission in the second frame. He followed that up with a unanimous decision loss to Chas Skelly and then was again submitted by Charles Rosa via third round D’arce choke at last night’s UFC Fight Night 59 in Boston. He looked good in the early going of the fight, but again succumbed to Rosa’s superior wrestling. Soriano is a solid prospect, but has a lot to work on. I think he will be receiving his pink slip from the promotion, but I expect him to string a few together and earn a second shot at a run in the UFC.

Written by Gabe Killian

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