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 Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, for UFC Fight Night: Teixeira vs. Saint Preux, six fighters will be fighting for their jobs.

Anthony Christodoulou

After getting knocked out in the second round in his UFC debut, Christodoulou needs to have a much better showing. The UFC lightweight division is as stacked as it gets and fighters cannot afford to go 0-2 to start their career in that division. It’s either win or go home for the 155-pounder.

Loser of Marlon Vera vs. Roman Salazar

Heading into UFC Fight Night 73, Vera and Salazar are both in dire need of a victory. Vera lost his UFC debut by unanimous decision back at UFC 180. Salazar has yet to win a bout in the Octagon in two attempts; losing by submission in his debut, then suffering an eye poke at UFC 184 that rendered him unable to continue.

Loser of Chris Camozzi vs. Tom Watson

In the second bout of the main card on Saturday, two veteran middleweights will battle it out to keep their place in the UFC. Camozzi is getting this opportunity because of his willingness to step up as a late replacement to take on feared grappler, Ronald Souza, back in April. But being winless in his last five Octagon appearance, Camozzi must win here. Watson on the other hand is just 2-4 in his six fight UFC career and should he lose again, he will be headed back to the English fight circuit.

Glover Teixeira

After going 5-0 to start his UFC career, Teixeira was granted at title shot. But after losing to former champion, Jon Jones, and then dropping another bout to Phil Davis, Teixeira is currently trying to work through the first losing streak of his career. Because of his name value a third loss wouldn’t equal a guaranteed release for the Brazilian powerhouse, but at 35, it would all but eliminate him from relevance in the division.

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.