Post-UFC on FOX 18: On the Chopping Block

jake-ellenbergerUFC on FOX 18 came and went, producing a night of entertaining action that saw six of 13 bouts end inside the inside. Following the night of scraps, let’s take a look at which competitors of the evening we may no longer see go to work inside the UFC’s Octagon… ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK Jake Ellenberger “The Juggernaut” suffered a unanimous decision loss to former Strikeforce welterweight champion Tarec Saffiedine on the preliminary card of last night’s UFC on FOX 18 in New Jersey. Ellenberger put up a good fight in the loss, but he is now on a two fight skid inside the Octagon and is 1-5 in his last six contests. That means there is a good chance he will be receiving his walking papers from the promotion, though personally, I think it is slightly more likely that they give him one more fight, as they probably don’t want him going over to Bellator or World Series of Fighting just yet. He has had a good run in the promotion and holds a 9-7 UFC record; it remains to be seen whether it ends there or not. Masio Fullen Fullen is now 1-2 in the UFC and is on a two-fight skid with a first round rear naked choke submission loss to Makwan Amirkhani and a unanimous decision to Alex Caceres on the preliminary card of last night’s UFC on FOX 18 in New Jersey. The Mexican fighter has made a move to Alliance MMA and has been sharpening his all around game, but it was not yet good enough against a veteran like Caceres. I think it is now 50/50 whether the promotion opts to keep him around for one more scrap or releases him. If they decide to keep him, they will likely keep him on the shelf until their next trip to Mexico, or perhaps until they need to give a prospect coming off a loss (i.e. Olivier Aubin-Mercier) a win. Matt Dwyer Dwyer fell to 1-3 inside the Octagon with a unanimous decision loss to promotional newcomer Randy Brown on the preliminary card of last night’s UFC on FOX 18 in New Jersey. It was a decent outing for Dwyer, but he came up short in terms of volume and damage and has now suffered back-to-back unanimous decision defeats. He is another fighter who I could see the UFC releasing after dropping his second straight, but I also would not be the least bit surprised to see him get another crack. If they opt to keep him around, much like with Fullen, I think they will feed him to a superior fighter (i.e. Lorenz Larkin) who they’d like to see pick up a win.

Written by Gabe Killian

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