Post-UFC Fight Night 74: On the Chopping Block

Josh-Burkman-UFC-picUFC Fight Night 74 came and went, leaving behind a night of ups and downs; and 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 Josh Burkman “The People’s Warrior” was released from the UFC after going 5-5 in his first sting with the promotion, but went on to amass a 9-2 record outside of the UFC, including 4-1 under the World Series of Fighting (WSOF) banner. Due to a lack of opponents, the veteran was brought back to the UFC to take on Hector Lombard at UFC 182 in January. After three rounds of action, he lost the bout via unanimous decision, however the result of the bout was later turned to a No Contest due to Lombard testing positive for having anabolic steroids in his system. Burkman next faced Dong Hyun Kim at UFC 187 in May, losing that bout via arm triangle choke submission in the second round of action. He had his back against the wall heading into this past Sunday night’s main card scrap against Patrick Cote, and despite having his moments in that bout, he was ultimately knocked out in the third and final round of action. Now being 0 for three in his second stint with the promotion, and despite earning ‘Fight of the Night’ honors this past weekend, I think there is a fairly good chance “The People’s Warrior” will be receiving his walking papers from the promotion. He put up a good fight against Cote, but Burkman’s best days are clearly behind him. Sam Stout Stout has posted a 9-11 record in his UFC career and has fallen on a three fight skid, with all three losses coming by way of knockout; two of them in under a minute into the very first round of action. He has had a long and fruitful career inside the Octagon and I think the time has come for him to hang up the gloves. I hope that is the decision he makes for himself, because if he leaves it up to the UFC, I think there is a good chance they will give him the boot, which means you might see “Hands of Stone” on a future Bellator card, and nobody wants to see Sam Stout get knocked out on Spike TV.

Written by Gabe Killian

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