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 SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland, for UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Leites, four fighters will be fighting for their jobs.

Daniel Omielanczuk

After winning his UFC debut via third round knockout, Omielanczuk lost back-to-back bouts including one in front of his Polish countrymen. The UFC heavyweight division isn’t deep, but fighters simply cannot lose three in a row and remain on the roster. Omielanczuk needs to win on Saturday or he will be headed back to the European circuit.

Paul Redmond

First impressions are extremely important, especially in the fight game. After a disappointing outing in his UFC debut, Redmond needs to make the most of his second opportunity in the cage. Another loss would almost certainly result in Redmond’s release from the organization.

Mickael Lebout

After winning six in a row, Lebout was called up to the big show by the UFC. But after losing a decision in his debut, Lebout’s back is now against the wall. The only way to truly guarantee your place in the UFC is to win and that is exactly what Lebout will be looking to do. Back-to-back losses would likely end his UFC career.

Evan Dunham

A veteran of 14 UFC fights, Dunham is an established commodity in the UFC lightweight division. But while he saw a great amount of success early in his UFC career going 6-2 to start, he is just 2-4 in his last six bouts. Even though Dunham is coming off of a win at UFC 182, he has to know that he is one bad performance away from being released.

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.