As a fighter, making it to the UFC is the culmination of years of hard work and dedication…unless you are a WWE star, of course. But once they make it to the UFC the hard work doesn’t stop; in fact, things get more difficult for the fighters.

The UFC by nature breeds a competitive atmosphere, but that atmosphere is amplified by the fact that fighters are given only a handful of opportunities to prove they belong. Lose your UFC debut and you are lucky to get a second chance. Lose back to back bouts and your back is against the wall. And fighters who lose three straight are almost always guaranteed their release from the organization.

When UFC heads to the Tele2 Arena in Stockholm, Sweden for UFC on Fox: Gustafsson vs. Johnson, five fighters on the card will be fighting for their lives.

Stanislav Nedkov

Nedkov is a talented and technically sound fighter, but he has three things going against him right now: age, inactivity and UFC record. Nedkov is 33 and he joined the UFC in 2011, picking up an impressive first round TKO. Since then he has fought twice and he didn’t win either bout. Another loss and he won’t be getting another call from the UFC.

Andy Ogle

Ogle earned his way into the UFC after a solid performance on The Ultimate Fighter: Live, but since he has been disappointing. With a 1-4 record in the octagon, Ogle is lucky to even be fighting for the organization still. If he loses on Saturday that would be four straight loses and there’s no chance he can survive the cut then.

Loser of Akira Corassani vs. Sam Sicilia

Corassani and Sicilia are both TUF alums and they will both be fighting for their lives on Saturday. Corassani is 3-2 in the octagon, but he is coming off of back-to-back knockout losses. Sicilia, on the other hand, is just 3-4 in the UFC. Winner here keeps their job.

Dan Henderson

Seeing Henderson’s name here might be a little surprising because of his legend status, but just look at his age and his current UFC record. Henderson is 44 right now and will turn 45 later this summer, and since rejoining the UFC after the Strikeforce buyout he has gone just 2-4 inside the octagon with both wins coming against Mauricio Rua. Henderson’s career is winding down and if he wants to leave the sport on his own terms, he will need to score a win on Saturday.

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RJ Gardner
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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.