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 lands in Sao Paolo, Brazil, for UFC Fight Night 77, the contracts of a pair of fighters will be on the line.

Piotr Hallmann:

The Polish grappler has accumulated a 2-3 record in the UFC, losing his last two fights. He has looked great in his two wins with a pair of submission wins over Francisco Trinaldo and Yves Edwards, earning post-fight bonuses in each of those fights. However, he has been outclassed in all three of his losses. Hallmann (15-4 MMA, 2-3 UFC) looked very impressive in his two victories, but has yet to revisit that form. Hallmann also had a bad stroke of luck in his last bout against Magomed Mustafaev. He was seemingly on his way to victory, when the fight was stopped by the doctor due to a cut above the eye. The Polish Navy lieutenant will have his hands full with Alex Oliviera, who has won two straight fights. Hallmann has to stay away from the ground due to “Cowboy’s” grappling prowess in order to keep his job.

Gasan Umalatov:

After winning 14 of 17 fights in his native Russia, Umalatov (15-4-1 MMA, 1-2 UFC) earned a shot at the UFC. Unfortunately, he has not been very successful. The Russian lost his UFC debut to current twelfth-ranked welterweight Neil Magny, so that is excusable. He then defeated fading veteran, Paolo Thiago, by decision. After that, he lost to Cathal Pendred. To lose to Pendred you have to be incredibly slow and passive. A style like that will not get you far in the UFC. Umulatov has to find a way to defeat Viscardi Andrade Saturday to avoid a 1-3 UFC record, and an almost certain pink-slip.

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.