Post-UFC 184: On the Chopping Block

Ruan-Potts-CameraThe Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to Los Angeles Saturday night (Feb. 28, 2015) with UFC 184, or better known as, The Ronda Rousey Show. Now, following the memorable night of fights, let’s take a look at which UFC 184 competitors we may no longer see inside the Octagon… ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK: Ruan Potts Potts suffered a second round TKO at the hands of Derrick Lewis on the FOX Sports 1 preliminary card of last night’s UFC 184 in Los Angeles. He is now 0-3 in the UFC with all three of his losses coming via T/KO. Being arguably the worst heavyweight on the UFC’s roster, it is all but certain Potts will be receiving his walking papers from the promotion. He was (and probably still is) ranked the #1 heavyweight in South Africa, but unfortunately for him that did not seem to be enough to cut it in the big show. At 37 years of age, I think it is safe to say he won’t be returning for a second stint, so I believe we have seen the last of “Fangzz” inside the Octagon. He is the one fighter on the entire UFC 184 fight card I would be truly surprised to see booked for another UFC bout. Mark Munoz “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” is a longtime veteran of the UFC’s middleweight division who finds himself on a three-fight skid following Saturday’s first round submission loss to Roan Carneiro in the headliner of UFC 184’s FOX Sports 1 prelims. I think it is more likely that Munoz will retire than get cut, but I think it is even more likely he will return for at least one more outing, and that being at the UFC’s inaugural trip to the Philippines this June. I could see him being paired up with his original UFC 184 opponent for that card, Caio Magalhaes. Munoz’s immediate future remains a question mark at this point, but it is possible that we could very well just have seen the last of “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” inside the Octagon. Josh Koscheck “Kos” came off an extended layoff to take on Jake Ellenberger in a “do-or-die” match-up for both on the main card of Saturday night’s UFC 184 in Los Angeles. “The Juggernaut” ultimately came out on top, defeating Koscheck via north-south-choke submission in the second round of action. The defeat put “Kos” on a four-fight losing streak, which includes losses to Tyron Woodley, Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler, respectively. It is possible we have seen the last of the 37-year-old inside the Octagon, but I think despite coming off four losses, the UFC would give him another shot if he wanted one, as he is a veteran of season one of The Ultimate Fighter. That said, following that sour defeat, it is possible Koscheck will opt to hang up his gloves for good.   James Krause Krause made a splash in the UFC’s lightweight division when he replaced an injured Isaac Vallie-Flagg against UFC veteran Sam Stout and defeated him via third round submission (guillotine choke) and went on to collect post-fight ‘Fight of the Night’ and ‘Submission of the Night’ honors. Luck seemed to be on his side, but that was not the case, as he tasted a controversial TKO defeat against Bobby Green in his next outing. He bounced back with an injury TKO win over former WEC lightweight champion Jamie Varner, but was dominated in his next outing by Jorge Masvidal for a unanimous decision defeat on the judges’ scorecards. In an attempt to return to the win column at UFC 184, Krause came up short against Brazilian Valmir Lazaro on the evening’s preliminary card on UFC Fight Pass, losing the bout via split decision. Now being on a two-fight losing streak and 1-3 in his last four bouts, I think there is a decent chance he could be receiving the boot from the promotion, however I would not be surprised to see him get one last chance.

Written by Gabe Killian

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