For a fighter, making it to the UFC is the culmination of years of hard work and dedication; countless hours of blood, sweat and tears being poured on the mats. 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, unless your name nickname is Sexyama.

When the UFC heads to the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada for UFC 186: Johnson vs. Horiguchi, two fighters will be fighting for their jobs.

Loser of Joe Riggs vs. Patrick Cote

On the surface UFC 186 seems like a bad card but the more you dig into it the more you realize it’s not so bad. It probably shouldn’t be a pay-per-view, but it’s a card that features a pretty strong lineup of talent that’s highlighted by the fact there are only two people on this card truly in danger of being cut.

Riggs and Cote are both respected veterans in the sport, but with the UFC welterweight division full of killers, neither man is a threat to even compete in the Top 10. Even though Cote is only one loss removed from a three fight win streak, he is on the wrong side of 35 and his skills are on the decline. Riggs on the other hand should still have a few years of quality MMA left in him at 32-year-old. But after coming off of a self-inflicted gunshot wound and a neck injury in his last outing, it’s clear those years are all city miles.

The saving grace for both fighters heading into this bout is the fact both men have the ability to put on an entertaining fight and they matchup very well against one another. If they can put on a real show for the fans then maybe, just maybe, the loser will live to fight another day.

About The Author

RJ Gardner
Content Coordinator

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.