UFC 175: Who's on the Hot Seat?
On Saturday night, the UFC middleweight title and women's bantamweight title are on the line in Las Vegas. The main event sees Lyoto Machida challenge Chris Weidman for the former, while Alexis Davis will challenge Ronda Rousey for the latter.
In addition, Stefan Struve will make his return after being out for more than 12 months, and Urijah Faber will fight on the prelims for the first time in his UFC career.
Meanwhile, a few individuals may be fighting just to remain with the company. After all, competitors can be cut after only two or three losses in the UFC.
The following fighters will look to avoid that.
Middleweight Luke Zachrich will face off against Guilherme Vasconcelos in the second fight on UFC Fight Pass.
Zachrich's overall record is 13-3, but this will be only his second fight in the Octagon.
His first, which took place at UFC on Fox 11: Werdum vs. Browne, saw him get knocked out by Caio Magalhaes in just 44 seconds.
Having two losses in a row doesn't always earn someone their walking papers. However, should Zachrich once again be defeated in such swift circumstances, it could mean the end for him.
Vasconcelos only has four professional fights under his belt, so Zachrich can't afford a loss to him.
Another middleweight, Chris Camozzi will face Bruno Santos in the second fight on Fox Sports 1.
Camozzi's UFC record is 6-4. He was previously cut from the organization after earning a 2-1 record. After picking up one win outside the UFC, he was then brought back.
He recently dropped two straight, the first to Ronaldo Souza and the second to Lorenz Larkin. Prior to those losses, he had won a split decision and a unanimous decision.
Of his six total wins, only two are finishes.
A third loss in a row would probably see Camozzi get cut. Again.
Bruno Santos is gearing up for his second UFC fight after losing to Krzysztof Jotko in December 2013.
The loss to Jotko was the first of Santos' career. He had a 13-0 record up until that point.
His most notable win came over Giva Santana at Bellator 61.
At UFC 175, Santos will face Chris Camozzi in a middleweight bout. If Santos loses to Camozzi, he will have lost both of his UFC fights, and he probably won't get a third.
Uriah Hall may not be on the hot seat, but it's definitely warm. Hall lost The Ultimate Fighter 17 to Kelvin Gastelum and then lost to John Howard in his next fight.
The 29-year-old delivered and won by TKO between the first and second rounds.
Should Hall lose to Thiago Santos, he will have lost three of his four UFC fights, and there's a small chance he'd be cut.
He'll face Santos in the second fight on pay-per-view.
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