The UFC returns this Saturday, as we travel to Melbourne, Australia, for UFC 193. MMA megastar, Ronda Rousey, defends her bantamweight title in the main event, with Joanna Jedrzejczyk defending the women’s strawweight title in the co-main. Most of the fighters won’t be fighting for a title at this event, and some may be fighting for their jobs. Here we will take a look at a few of the fighters on the hot seat at UFC 193.

Richard Walsh

Walsh finds himself in a pretty perilous situation in the UFC. Allowed another chance after losing his UFC debut by split decision, he was then brutally TKO’d in the first round by Alan Jouban in his next outing. As all MMA fans know by now, three straight losses usually means marching orders in the UFC. Walsh is Australian and may have been saved for the Melbourne card, but if he loses to Steve Kennedy, then he is all but certain to be cut.

Danny Martinez

Martinez is one of the few fighters allowed to continue in the UFC on a three fight losing skid, probably due to his having taken a fight against Sirwan Kakai on short notice in June. Still, if he loses to Richie Vaculik on Saturday then there will be little choice for the UFC but to accept that he isn’t good enough to hang with the worlds elite bantamweights. At 0-3 in the UFC, its now or never for “The Gremlin”.

Anthony Perosh

There are fighters with much worse UFC records than Perosh, but there is little doubt that his time in the UFC is winding down. At 43 years old and 2-3 in his last five fights, not everyone gets the leeway of Dan Henderson when it comes to staving off retirement. Add to this that Perosh has been knocked out six times in nine losses, he could be looking at his last UFC bout should he lose to Gian Villante this weekend.

Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva:

This one is not a dead cert, as heavyweights tend to get more chance than lighter fighters due to the shallow state of the division. The fact is, however, that Silva has one win in his last five UFC fights, and if he gets stopped here it may be time to throw in the towel. It is not just the fact that Silva has been knocked out in six of seven career losses, but how bad he has looked in those losses. Even in his epic draw with Mark Hunt two years ago, he had a TRT advantage that won’t be present this time. One win over one of the worst heavyweight fighters in the UFC (Soa Palelei, since retired) does not mean he can still compete at the top. Should Silva be stopped at UFC 193 either he or the UFC should shut the door on his career, before he suffers irreparable damage fighting opponents far above his current level.

Mark Hunt:

I know, I know, we all love Hunt, but hear me out here. There is no doubt that Hunt has the heart of a lion, or that he hits like a truck. He has proven this time and time again, and his knockout of Roy Nelson will forever be a feather in his cap. Time is just not on Hunts side, and at 41 he is coming off a 1-1-3 stretch in his last five fights. Not only this, but his last fight against Stipe Miocic was one of the worst beatings in modern memory, one that would have been stopped much earlier if it was anyone but Hunt on the receiving end. At 10-10-1 Hunt has been finished in all of his losses, and if he loses again on Saturday then it will have been one beating too many. He gave us some great MMA moments, but Saturday may be the last hurrah for the legend of  Hunt should he lose.

About The Author

Chris Kennefick
Staff Writer

Chris Kennefick is a journalism graduate and a native of Dublin, Ireland. Chris first became aware of MMA when he stumbling onto a video of Fedor versus Hong-Man Choi, and has been hooked ever since. Chris is currently enjoying and closely observing the Irish MMA boom, but also has aspirations of one day living somewhere where he won't have to stay up until 6am to watch his favourite fighters live. In his downtime, he also enjoys athletics, poker and travelling.