The UFC’s final pay-per-view event of the year takes place on Saturday, December 6, 2014, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV.

UFC 181: Hendricks vs. Lawler II is loaded with great matchups and two title fights. First in the co-main event of the evening, UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis looks to defend his title for the first time against former Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez. Then in the main event of the evening, UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks looks to defend his title in a rematch against top contender and rival Robbie Lawler.

What’s really amazing about this card though is there are really no fighters fighting for their place in the UFC. Generally you see two or three fights featuring fighters who are hanging on by a thread, but not this time. That’s not to say no one is in danger though as this is the UFC and most fighters are just one bad performance away from getting their pink slip.

While there are no fighters in immediate danger, there are two fighters who need a good showing to improve their stock with the organization, so they are not put on the chopping block.

Raquel Pennington

Raquel Pennington isn’t necessarily fighting for her life here, but it would be in her best interest to win this fight. Pennington had a good showing here season of The Ultimate Fighter and she beat respected veteran Roxanne Modafferi in her UFC debut. But her loss to Jessica Andrade at UFC 171 brought her overall record to just 4-4. A loss would make her a sub .500 fighter and it’s doubtful she could hang around very long on the UFC roster will a losing record.

Brendan Schaub

The other fighter on the card in need of a good showing is heavyweight Brendan Schaub. Schaub is coming into this bout off of a hard fought loss to veteran Andrei Arlovski and he is just 2-3 in his last five bouts; two of those losses were by way of brutal knockout. Schaub does have a lot of good things going for him that will keep him safe; his popularity, the fact that he competes in the shallowest division in the UFC and he has key wins over Mirko Cro Cop, Matt Mitrione and Gabriel Gonzaga. But a loss would drop him to 2-4 in his last six and he won’t get many more chances to prove he belongs.

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RJ Gardner is a rabid sports fan and a long time MMA enthusiast. After watching UFC 1 at ripe old age of 11 RJ was hooked and his passion for the sport has continued to blossom over the years. RJ has been covering MMA since 2007 and has had work featured on Bleacher Report, SI.com, CBSSports.com and UFC.com. RJ is also a Petroleum Transportation Operations Manager during the day.