The shelf life of the average UFC fighter in the world’s top promotion doesn’t last very long.

It takes hard work, confidence, and hours upon hours to be able to work through the sweat and tears just to get there.  And once you achieve it, it’s even harder to stay there.

You have to be able to take the pressure that comes with standing under the bright lights, fighting someone who did everything you did, and having confidence in your craft. One must truly believe deep down that they are capable of accomplishing great things. Martial artists don’t get too many chances to figure it out, so you better hit the ground running.

Three losses in a row is mostly a ‘death sentence’ for your time there, two losses in a row can also be enough to point you to the exit, and even sometimes, a single loss can be all it takes to be shown the door if your performance wasn’t exciting enough for the fans watching.

For the first time in UFC history, UFC Fight Night 79 is happening in Seoul, South Korea, this Saturday November 28. And just as always, we will be taking a closer look at the people in the risk zone of losing their jobs in this week’s, ‘Who’s On the Hot Seat’.

Seo Hee Ham Vs. Cortney Casey

Both these two females are coming of losses in their respective UFC debuts against the same competitor, Joanne Calderwood, where both of them got outstruck and lost by unanimous decision. These two 28-year-old strawweights will enter having their backs against the wall. There are a lot of similarities when examining these two fighters. The only thing difference in their Octagon debut was that Casey’s fight was awarded the ‘Fight of the Night’. Unless they make it entertaining on Saturday, this is probably a fight where ‘loser leaves town’, unfortunately.

Yui Chul Nam Vs. Mike de la Torre

The fighter most in need of an impressive showing out of these two is Mike de la Torre. With four appearances in the Octagon, and a disappointing 1-2-1 record to show for it, with his most recent loss being a knockout, de la Torre’s days are numbered unless he can muster up a win. I think we can assume with strong confidence that he is walking the plank if he loses this weekend. Yui Chul Nam has not been able to showcase himself in his UFC run, either. Both of his fights have been split decisions, where one of the two was a win. If he gets defeated here, it’s going to be hard to argue that he deserves to stay on the UFC roster.

Tae Hyun Bang Vs. Leo Kuntz

Both of these lightweights are coming off loses after making their first showing in the Octagon. Kuntz was 17-1 before making his debut in the UFC, but as we have seen time and time again in MMA, it’s not the number of people you have defeated that makes you great, but the competition in whom you beat. Bang is having troubles finding his footing in the UFC with a 1-2 record, but he has shown signs of devastation, as he did when he knocked out Kajan Johnson and earned himself ‘Fight of the Night’ and ‘Performance of the Night’ bonuses in one and the same fight. This fight doesn’t have to end with one of these two losing their job, but it’s up to these two to make others believe it.

Yoshihiro ‘Sexyama’ Akiyama

Akiyama made his return last year in September in Saitama, Japan, and won against Amir Sadollah after 30 months. Now he is back, but I’m not sure this 40-year-old has much to offer anymore beside his name recognition. He is 1-4 in his last five fights, and he is facing an undefeated, Alberto Mina. Unless UFC is not thinking that they need ‘Sexyama’ for an upcoming Japan card to draw native attention to it, I believe he is fighting to keep his job even though he is coming off a victory in his most recent fight.

Dominic Waters

A former contestant on the reality show Ultimate Fighter season 16 with Roy Nelson and Shane Carwin as coaches. Waters never got the opportunity to see the big stage after the show ended and has since then been trying to get an opportunity to get back. This is his second attempt at victory since he signed his first UFC contract, and it’s on short notice after Jorge Masvidal took the place of injured Thiago Alves in the main event. It should be clear that he is stepping up for the promotion on short notice, so he might have some leeway with the UFC brass. However, I think he still needs to be exciting if the outcome is not in his favor to keep his spot on the roster.

Dominique ‘Non-Stop Action Packed’ Steel

The man with probably the longest nickname in the fight game to date, made his UFC debut this summer against Zac Cummings and lost by technical knockout in less than a minute. He is facing Dong Hyun Kim, a true veteran of the sport. If Steel falls flat again, it’s probably impossible to make a case for him as to why they should hold a spot on their already jam-packed roster.

 

Stay tuned for the latest news and updates revolving around UFC Fight Night 79.

About The Author

Christian Larusson
Staff Writer

Christian Larusson is a passionate Mixed Martial Arts fan. With experience in writing for Swedish MMA sites, he now solely writes in English through blogging, PunchDrunkSports and The MMA Corner. Got his heart broken early in his life when a friend, ‘Judas’, told him that WWE/WWF wasn’t real. Then one day, he saw MMA on a friend's computer, he was overwhelmed with emotions from what his eyes had just seen. He´s been in love ever since. Christian has been published in different Swedish papers and books, nothing to do with MMA though, so who gives a shh-.