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 O2 World in Berlin, Germany for UFC Fight Night: Jedrzejczyk vs. Penne, four fighters will be fighting for their jobs.

Piotr Hallmann

Hallmann is an exciting young fighter with a ton of potential. Through four UFC bouts he is 2-2 with two submission wins and three post-fight bonus awards. The problem is he is coming off of a loss and his last bonus was rescinded due to a failed post-fight drug test. In this new hyper sensitive drug testing era fighters with failed tested will be put on a short leash. Hallmann’s potential may save him should he lose, but he really can’t afford to see if that is true.

Loser of Scott Askham vs. Antonio dos Santos

Heading into UFC Fight Night 69 middleweights Ashkam and dos Santos find themselves in similar situations. Both fighters have shown a lot of promise in earning their opportunities with the UFC, but both men came up short in their UFC debuts. The winner of this bout will be granted the opportunity to continue their career in the UFC, while the loser will be sent back down to the smaller promotions. The good news for both fighters — they are both still young enough to earn their way back should they lose.

Alan Omer

Omer is a gifted prospect from Iraq who earned his opportunity in the UFC by going 18-3 on the international MMA circuit. At only 26 years old with 16 career wins by stoppage, Omer is one of the better prospects in the featherweight division. The problem is he lost his UFC debut to another prospect, Jim Alers. Granted, it was a closely contested split decision, but a loss is a loss. With so much talent already residing in the UFC featherweight division, a fighter can’t afford to start his UFC career 0-2. Omer needs to pick up a win if he wants a third opportunity in the Octagon.

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.