Post-UFC Fight Night 68: On the Chopping Block

UFCThe Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to New Orleans last night (June 6th, 2015) for UFC Fight Night 68: Boetsch vs Henderson, and the action-packed night saw 10 of 12 contests end by either T/KO or submission. Following the wild night of scraps, let’s take a look at which of the evening’s competitors we may no longer see inside the Octagon… ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK Alex Caceres “Bruce Leeroy” just suffered a TKO defeat at the hands of Francisco Rivera only 21-seconds into the contest on the main card of last night’s UFC Fight Night 68 in New Orleans. The loss puts him on a three fight losing streak and marks the first defeat via T/KO in his professional mixed martial arts career. Caceres is a fan favorite and Dana White is a fan of his, as well, so I could see him getting another crack at a win, despite the three-fight skid. That said, I think more than likely he will unfortunately be receiving his walking papers from the promotion. Justin Edwards Edwards put up a fight against Joe Proctor on the preliminary card of last night’s UFC Fight Night 68 and was likely about to win a closely contested decision on the judges’ scorecards, but unfortunately got hurt by Proctor in the tail end of the third frame, and then got caught in a guillotine choke, losing consciousness with only two seconds remaining in the contest. Proctor beat him at the buzzer, and the defeat puts “Fast Eddy” on a three fight skid, with a first round T/KO against Brandon Thatch at 170-pounds and unanimous decision to Ramsey Nijem, though I personally had that bout scored for Edwards. Despite a couple of solid back to back outings in his defeats, it is more than likely that Edwards will be receiving the pink slip from the UFC, however it would not shock me to see him get another crack, especially on a midwest-based fight card. Leonardo Morales After dropping a unanimous decision to Yair Rodriguez in The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America Featherweight Finals, Morales made the move down to the bantamweight division, but stepped on the scale five pounds overweight. It seemed he did not try hard to make weight, and it seemed he tried less to win the fight, being dominated from the get-go and being submitted via rear naked choke only a couple of minutes into the catchweight contest. Now on a two fight skid inside the Octagon and failing to make weight in his latest outing, I am confident we have seen Morales inside the Octagon for the last time.

Written by Gabe Killian

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