Post-UFC Fight Night 89: On the Chopping Block

Thibault GoutiUFC Fight Night 89 produced an entertaining night of action, with more than half of the match-ups ending inside the distance. Now with the fun night of scraps in our rear-view, let’s take a look at which of the evenings competitors we may no longer see in action inside the Octagon… ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK Thibault Gouti Gouti dropped a third round rear naked choke loss to Olivier Aubin-Mercier this past weekend at UFC Fight Night 89, which puts him at a two-fight defecit inside the Octagon, following a first round submission loss to Teemu Packalen earlier this year. After being finished in back to back contests, I think there is a fairly good chance the UFC will be releasing him from his contract. That said, I would not be surprised to see the Jackson-Wink fighter string together a few wins on the regional circuit and earn his way back to the big show. Chris Beal After picking up two straight wins in the UFC’s bantamweight division, Beal dropped down to flyweight, where he suffered back to back matches. Following the two defeats, he opted to make a move back up to the 135-pound division, where he took on Joe Soto this past weekend at UFC Fight Night 89 in Ottawa. Beal got the better of Soto in the first round, outstriking him on the feet, but tables turned in the second round when fatigue began to set in. Soto ended up taking his back in the third round, ultimately sinking in a rear naked choke to earn the tap and more importantly, his first win in the UFC. Unfortunately for Beal, he drops to 0-3 in his last three fights and will soon likely find himself in the unemployment line.

Written by Gabe Killian

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