Post-UFC on FOX 21: On the Chopping Block

SHANE-CAMPBELLThe Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to Vancouver, B.C., Canada for UFC on FOX 21: Maia vs Condit and delivered a solid night of scraps that saw 50 percent of them end inside the distance. Following the night of entertaining action, let’s take a look at which of the evening’s competitors we may no longer see in battle inside the Octagon… ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK Kevin Casey Casey has gone 1-2-1-2 NC in his second stint with the UFC and is winless in his past four Octagon appearances, so I think there is a fair chance he will be receiving his walking papers from the promotion following this past Saturday night’s second round TKO loss to Sam Alvey. As a fan of his, I hope to see the 35-year old get another shot, as it would be nearly impossible for him to be able to make his way back to the big show for a third stint. Garreth McLellan McLellan came up short in a split decision loss to Alessio Di Chirico this past weekend and is now 1-3 inside the Octagon. Having lost two straight bouts, I think there is a good chance the UFC will opt to part ways with McLellan, though I would not be surprised to see him get another crack on a future card outside of the greater United States. In such a scenario, I think more than likely he would be paired with an opponent they want to see win. I believe that has been the case with all of his Octagon appearances, though he did manage to upset former Legacy FC middleweight champion Bubba Bush with a come-from-behind TKO stoppage. Shane Campbell Campbell suffered a first round knockout at the hands of Brazilian promotional newcomer Felipe Silva this past Saturday and he is now 1-4 inside the Octagon with three straight defeats. I think it is safe to say that we have seen the last of this Canadian striker inside the Octagon. Owning a 1-0 record under the WSOF banner, I think it would make sense for him to make his return to that Las Vegas-based promotion, though I would not be surprised to see him pop up on a future Bellator card. Thibault Gouti Gouti is now 0-3 inside the Octagon following this past Saturday night’s first round knockout against Chad Laprise. He has now been finished three times in three Octagon appearances and I believe he is another fighter that will certainly be receiving his pink slip from the promotion. He has proven to not be a UFC-caliber athlete in each and every outing, despite working with the Jackson-Wink MMA camp in New Mexico.

Written by Gabe Killian

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