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 Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, for UFC Fight Night: Boetsch vs. Henderson, seven fighters will be fighting for their jobs.

Loser of Jose Quinonez vs. Leonardo Morales

Quinonez and Morales both made their UFC debuts at UFC 180 last year and both men came up short. Now it is do or die time. The bantamweight division isn’t the deepest division in the UFC, but still, fighters who go 0-2 to start generally don’t get a third shot.

Justin Edwards

Since joining the UFC, Edwards has been disappointing to say the least. While he has shown flashes of talent, his 2-4 Octagon record says everything you need to know. Another loss would make it three in a row for Edwards and he simply doesn’t have the name or the talent ceiling to stay in the UFC.

Loser of Francisco Rivera vs. Alex Caceres

Rivera and Caceres are both talented fighters who are fun to watch. But both men are walking a fine line now as they both enter this bout coming off of back-to-back losses. While the loser of this bout may be granted another opportunity, there are no guarantees in this sport.

Loser of Tim Boetsch vs. Dan Henderson

What does it say about the current state of the UFC that both of the main event participants on Saturday are in danger of being cut? It’s a little sad that this bout is now the main event. Boetsch is 2-4 in his last six while Henderson is an underwhelming 1-5 in his last six. Henderson may be a legend, but this is his last chance to go out on his terms.

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.