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 MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, for UFC 187: Johnson vs. Cormier, three fighters will be fighting for their jobs.

Loser of Justin Scoggins vs. Josh Sampo

Kicking off the UFC Fight Pass portion of the preliminary card is a flyweight bout between Scoggins and Sampo; two fighters coming off of back-to-back losses inside the Octagon. Even though the flyweight division is extremely thin, the UFC simply can’t keep fighters who go 0-3 around for very long. Because of his youth, Scoggins could be given a little leeway, but for Sampo, it’s now or never.

Josh Burkman

After spending nearly six years on the regional fight scene, Burkman earned a second chance with the UFC. But at UFC 182, Burkman was thoroughly dominated by Hector Lombard. The loss was later overturned to a No Contest because Lombard failed a drug test for PEDs. But the fact still remains that Burkman hasn’t won a fight in the UFC since October of 2007; over seven years ago. At 35 years old, Burkman’s window is extremely small and if he doesn’t show something special at UFC 187, then he is as good as gone.

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.