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 United Center in Chicago for UFC on Fox: Dillashaw vs. Barao 2, five fighters will be fighting for their jobs.

Loser of Jessamyn Duke vs. Elizabeth Phillips

Heading into their UFC on Fox 16 clash, both Duke and Phillips are still in search for their first Octagon victory. With both women sporting 0-2 UFC records, the loser of this fight will surely be placed on the chopping block. The UFC’s women’s bantamweight division lacks overall depth, but keeping a 0-3 fighter on the roster doesn’t help improve that. Both these women are gritty and tough, so expect them to fight tooth and nail to keep their place in the UFC.

James Krause

A talented and exciting fighter, Krause burst on to the scene with an exciting late submission victory over lightweight mainstay Sam Stout. The performance earned Krause bonuses for both “Fight of the Night” and “Submission of the Night”. But since then, Krause has gone just 1-3 in the Octagon. Heading into Saturday Krause needs a win in the worst way.

Loser of Jim Miller vs. Danny Castillo

Miller and Castillo are both long time veterans of the UFC’s lightweight division, but both men will enter the cage on Saturday riding back-to-back losses. Because both fighters still have good name value, another loss might not be their death nail. But the only way to be sure for both men would be to win.

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.