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 weekend, when the Octagon returns to Dublin for UFC Fight Night 76, the contracts of four fighters will be on the line.

Loser of Bubba Bush vs. Garreth McLellan

The opening fight of the card is a matchup of young fighters looking for their first UFC victory. Bubba Bush (8-2 MMA, 1NC UFC) made his UFC debut at UFC 175, in which he was beat down by Kevin Casey in just over a minute. The TKO was overturned due to a no contest due to Casey’s usage of banned substances. Prior to his UFC debut, Bush was on a four-fight win-streak (all via stoppage) in Legacy FC, so he does have potential. Nevertheless, Bush was clearly overwhelmed in his UFC debut and will have to prove himself Saturday night.

His opponent will be Garreth McLellan (11-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC), a fighter coming off a decision loss against Bartosz Fabinski. In the fight he was taken down over and over again, for a total of ten times in the fifteen minutes. The South African dominated Africa’s EFC promotion, accumulating an 12-1 record including a title victory. He’s finished all but one of his victories, however, his offense was stifled in his UFC debut. McLellan can ceraintly be a dangerous fighter, and he will have to exemplify that against Bush in order to keep his job.

Loser of Neil Seery vs. Jon Delos Reyes

One of the reasons this was my pick for the bout that is flying under the radar is that each fighter will need a victory in order to keep their job during the UFC’s fat-trimming phase. Three UFC losses early in a career will not get fighters very far and both fighters currently have two losses.

Seery (15-11 MMA, 2-2 UFC), although a very exciting fighter, showed a glaring weakness in his appearance at UFC 189, when Louis Smolka repeatedly took him down to win a decision. Seery has a very aggressive striking game, but does not do well off his back. In this day-and-age in mixed martial arts, you need to be well-rounded to have a fruitful career. Seery possesses great power on the feet for a flyweight and his aggressive style might convince the UFC to keep him around despite a loss.

Delos Reyes (8-4 UFC, 1-2 MMA) is also an aggressive fighter who was lucky enough to get a third UFC opportunity after losing in his first two fights. Hes hanging by a thread, but his one win was a “Fight of the Night” and the excitement factor typically convinces the UFC to keep a fighter on the roster. Despite this, a 1-3 record would place him on the chopping block. All of his career wins have come via stoppage, and he might need one Saturday to secure his spot on the roster.

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.