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 to training 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.

When the UFC heads to the Adelaide Entertainment Centre in Adelaide, Australia, for UFC Fight Night: Miocic vs. Hunt, five fighters will be fighting for their jobs.

Alptekin Ozkilic

The UFC flyweight division isn’t very deep at this moment and that could be Ozkilic’s only saving grace should he lose on Sunday. After winning a tough split decision in his UFC debut, Ozkilic has dropped back-to-back fights in the Octagon. Not many fighters lose three in a row and get another opportunity.

Loser of Vik Grujic vs. Brendan O’Reilly

There’s a good chance that regardless of Sunday’s bout both Grujic and O’Reilly will be in the Octagon again, but the lightweight division is no joke and two losses in a row could be enough reason to be cut. Grujic is likely in more danger has his current Octagon record is only 1-2. But with O’Reilly still in search of his first UFC win, he is by no means safe.

Dylan Andrews

After a strong performance on TUF 17 and back to back knockout wins in the Octagon it looked like Andrews was well on his way to becoming a middleweight contender. But after back to back losses he finds himself fighting for his UFC life on Sunday. The talented knockout artist needs a strong performance to stay in the organization.

Kyle Noke

A pioneer for Australian MMA, Noke’s back is against the wall heading into Sunday. Just 1-3 in his last four bouts. Noke can’t afford another setback. Being a name down under might keep him around for shows in the market, but he wants to compete elsewhere he needs a win.

Hatsu Hioki

A former TKO Major League MMA, Shooto and Sengoku featherweight champion Hioki came into the UFC with high expectations. Many felt like he was Japan’s best shot at capturing a UFC title. But after winning his first two UFC bouts, Hioki is just 1-4 in his last five.

About The Author

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.