Post-UFC 201: On the Chopping Block

The Ultimate Fighter Latin America: Team Gastelum vs Team Escudero The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) went back to Atlanta, GA for the third time in promotional history for UFC 201: Lawler vs Woodley. The entertaining night of scraps saw five of 11 fights end inside the distance. Following the action, let’s take a look at which of the evening’s competitors we may no longer see in action inside the Octagon… ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK Francisco Rivera Rivera was bested over the course of three rounds by Erik Perez for a unanimous decision defeat on the main card of UFC 201 in Atlanta. The loss puts him on a three fight skid and makes him 1-5 in his past six outings inside the Octagon. I think it is 50/50 as to whether the UFC will keep the WEC veteran around or not. The losing streak suggests that he should surely be cut, but he is a fan friendly bantamweight that always leaves it all inside the Octagon, so it would not surprise me in the least to see him get one more shot. Damian Grabowski Grabowski suffered a first round knockout at the hands of Derrick Lewis in his promotional debut and followed that up with a first round knockout against Anthony Hamilton at UFC 201 in Atlanta. He is now 0-2 inside the Octagon with a pair of first round knockout defeats, so unless the UFC desparately needs a body for a card in Europe, I think Grabowski will be getting released from his contract. My guess is we have seen the last of his heavyweight Pole inside the Octagon. Cesar Arzamendia Arzamendia was knocked out by Polo Reyes in the first round of his UFC debut bout, and he followed that up by suffering another knockout at UFC 201 in Atlanta against Australian Damien Brown. He is now 0-2 inside the Octagon, having been finished by knockout in the first round of both his contests. I think it is likely that the Paraguayan fighter will be receiving his pink slip from the promotion, however considering he is very fun to watch, it would not surprise me to see the UFC give him one last crack at a first W.

Written by Gabe Killian

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