With so many fighters chomping at the bit to get a shot at the big show nowadays, the leeway for a losing streak in the UFC is dissipating. Two losses in a row puts a fighter’s roster spot at risk. Three consecutive defeats signify almost certain termination of the fighter’s contract.

Having an unwritten policy like this in place allows us to see how these athletes will perform with their backs against the wall. Will the risk of losing their contract cause them to wither, or, flourish under the pressure?

This Saturday, Oct. 3, when the UFC travels to the Toyota Center in Houston, two fighters’ contracts will be on the line.

Derrick Lewis

“The Black Beast” had an outstanding debut win over Jack May in April of last year. However, Lewis (12-4 MMA, 3-2 UFC) has alternated wins and. His losses came when he received a considerable step up in competition. Lewis was knocked out cold by both Matt Mitrione (13th ranked heavyweight), and Shawn Jordan (6-3 in the UFC). He has a great opportunity this weekend to prove his worth against Viktor Pesta (10-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC). Pesta loves to shoot for takedowns, but has trouble completing them. His takedown percentage is an abysmal 23% (5 of 22 attempts) through two UFC appearances. “The Black Beast” will have to fight through many takedown attempts to get the knockout he desires. Lewis is not a fighter you want to stand across or be under for that matter, as his power is tough to withstand. All twelve of Lewis’ wins have come via stoppage. Lewis has to capitalize on this favorable matchup if he is to get another UFC chance.

Angela Hill

Hill (2-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is a strange case. She was the final fighter added to the cast of The Ultimate Fighter’s twentieth season with just one fight to her name. She shut down Emily Kagan in her debut, but was smothered by one of the top strawweights in the world, Tecia Torres, in her last fight at UFC 188. Hill also lost to former champion Carla Esparza on the reality show (counts as an exhibition loss). “Overkill” has issues with wrestlers, but fortunately for her, her opponent, fourth ranked Rose Namajunas, is exclusively a striker. It should be an exciting match, but if Hill fails to get passed the dangerous striking and flying submission game of Namajunas, it might be the end of the road for her.

About The Author

Danny Doherty
Staff Writer

Danny is a sophomore at Ithaca College looking to acquire a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Media. He has been an avid fan of mixed martial arts since watching the UFC’s 100 Greatest Fights special on Spike TV back in 2009. Shortly following UFC 100, Danny’s Saturdays, and most of his free time, became dedicated to the Ultimate Fighting Championship. In addition to writing for The MMA Corner, Danny works as a sports broadcaster and as a DJ for Ithaca College’s FM radio station, 92 WICB.