Scott Jorgensen has the most important fight of his career ahead of him this Saturday night at UFC 179. That may be a cliche, but for him it’s never been truer. Since being absorbed into the UFC with his WEC brethren, the former WEC bantamweight title challenger has fallen upon hard times inside the Octagon. While competing in the WEC he toppled many great fighters, but when he got to the top and faced Dominick Cruz he found himself on the wrong side of a decision.  His first bout in the UFC was against Kenneth Stone and he found victory in the first round by TKO. Shortly thereafter, he gained a decision victory off the scrappy veteran Jeff Curran. Things were looking up, but what has followed since that victory over Jeff Curran back in 2011 can be best described as inconsistency.

After a losing a one-sided contest to his friend and former training partner Urijah Faber, he decided to make some big changes to try to get his career back on track. The biggest change was dropping down to the flyweight division where he hoped he would find more success. The flyweight division, though small both in the size of the fighters and the size of the roster, has no room for gatekeepers though. The division’s lack of depth is made up for by the caliber of fighters that inhabit it. Since dropping down to 125 lbs, he once again finds himself with one win and two losses. Saturday night he will either find himself at .500 in the division or most likely, collecting his pink slip.

Jorgensen’s opponent, Wilson Reis, isn’t quite in the same boat in terms of pressure, but he has quite a lot riding on this as well. A relatively new addition to the UFC roster, he has to do some pretty big things against Jorgensen if he expects to move up in the rankings and be taken more seriously in a division that is starving for qualified contenders. With two victories against Ivan Menjivar and Jacoby Sanchez and a loss to Iuri Alacantra, he too will find himself either a .500 fighter if he loses on Saturday. If he wins, he is will be sitting nicely and with a couple quality victories he could be within arms length of a title shot due to the state of the division.

Regardless of the victor, with so much on the line this has the makings to create a fight that you don’t want to miss. The bout will air on Fox Sports 1 as a part of the preliminary card. Stay tuned to The MMA Corner for results and coverage from the entire UFC 179 event which takes place Saturday, October 25th, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Michael Davis
Director, Business Development/Senior Staff Writer

Michael Davis is a seasoned professional in the world of finance. In recent years, he has worked for Fortune 500 companies and consulted at one of the largest hedge funds in the world. After working closely with a mixed martial arts management company, he realized he could apply his skills to the sport he loved. The culmination of his professional experience and passion for MMA have led him to his role as Senior Staff Writer and Director of Business Development at The MMA Corner.