As hard as it is to make it into the UFC, it is surmountably more difficult to remain. The road the UFC travels is riddled with the skeletons of former champions, contenders, and fighters no one has ever, or will ever, hear of again. For some, the inevitable pressure of losing your job is a big motivator and we see them rise from the ashes like a phoenix; however for most this is not the case. For every Matt Brown, there are a dozen Ryan Jensen’s, Kris McCray’s, and Rob Kimmons’.

Generally speaking, there is an unwritten 0-3 or 0-4 rule, which is to say if you lose three or four-straight, then you’re cut. There are, however, several mitigating factors. A fighters popularity, such as with Dan Hardy and Yoshihiro Akiyama, can help keep them around. Same goes for their ranking, especially is a particularly shallow division, like with Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva. Another one can be how much their purse is, which can work against them. Just ask Jake Sheilds, who was still a top-1o fighter and had won three of his last four before losing to Hector Lombard and getting his walking papers.

When the UFC heads to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Fla. for UFC Fight: Machida vs. Romero, at least three fighters are at risk of getting a pink slip, or will be shortly after, if they don’t perform.

Danny Martinez

Danny Martinez (16-6, UFC: 0-2), is winless inside the Octagon, and while he doesn’t command a large payday, his last reported purse was $8000 to show, he is not very popular or significant in any rankings. Granted he earned Fight of the Night honors against Scott Jorgensen in his last outing, and an extra $50 thousand to boot, a loss will undoubtedly see him on the lists of the smaller shows by years end.

Lorenz Larkin

Lorenz Larkin (15-4(1), UFC: 2-4) was in this position once before, as he was on a four-fight losing streak before stopping John Howard via TKO in the first in his last bout. While that performance was impressive, and kept him afloat a little longer, he will need to repeat it if he hopes to gain some breathing room. Unless Larkin misses weight, or has a piss poor showing against the dangerous Santiago Ponzinibbio, he likely won’t be cut right away with a loss, but he’ll be right back where he started and fighting for his job again.

Eddie Gordon

After a decade and over two-dozen seasons of the UFC’s flagship reality and talent search show, The Ultimate Fighter, fans have become accustomed to not only the cast not having the potential like with Season 1 and 5, but also seeing winners get cut after failing to live up to the hype or perform even decently in the big leagues. Eddie Gordon (7-3, UFC: 1-2), is no exception. While he looked good in his debut against Dhiego Lima, it should be noted that fight was to earn his contract, and all of his perforances in the house were less than stellar. Unless Gordon can win, lose in Fight of the Night fashion, or rally a massive amount of fans to his cause, it would not be surprising to see him sent back to the minor leagues. His low-budget contract might be his saving grace however, and get him one more chance.

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