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 Goiania Arena in Goiania, Brazil, for UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Alves, five fighters will be fighting for their jobs.

Luiz Dutra

After a nearly two-year long layoff from the sport, Dutra made his UFC debut in January of 2014. Dutra lost to Kiichi Kunimoto via DQ due to elbows to the back of the head. It’s been well over a year since he last competed again and his back is against the wall. A DQ and a long layoff will put you on the chopping block. A loss at this stage would ensure Dutra’s UFC departure.

Damon Jackson

A talented wrestler from Texas, Jackson entered the UFC as a highly touted undefeated prospect. But in his UFC debut, Jackson was submitted in the second round by Yancy Medeiros. The UFC featherweight division is hyper-competitive at this point and Jackson cannot afford to start his UFC career 0-2. A loss might not guarantee a pink slip, but a win would ensure his position in the organization.

Wendell Oliveira

Oliveira made his UFC debut last September and it was ugly as he was knocked out in the first round. After that poor showing, it’s put up or shut up time for the talented knockout artist from Brazil. Another loss following getting KO’d would send Oliveira back to the Brazilian regional MMA scene.

Francimar Barroso

The UFC light heavyweight division was once the premiere division in all of MMA. But that just isn’t the case today. But even though the division is in dire need of bodies 35-year-olds with a 1-1 UFC records aren’t the kind of bodies they are looking for. Barroso needs to win on Saturday because a loss will put him on the chopping block.

Alex Oliveira

A talented striker from Brazil, Oliveira made his UFC debut earlier this year; losing by submission to Gilbert Burns in the third round. Fighters who get finished in their first Octagon appearance generally don’t get much leeway. Oliveira need to impress on Saturday or it’s back to the Brazilian fight scene.

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.