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.

On January 17, UFC Fight Night 81 will hit the scenes, and the bantamweight title will be on the line as T.J. Dillashaw faces the former, but never dethrone, bantamweight champion in Dominick Cruz.

Before we find out who the true bantamweight champion is, there are twelve fights before and some have more to lose than others, and as we always do here on ‘Who’s on the Hot Seat’, we will take a closer look who these people are.

Loser of Tim Boetsch vs. Ed Herman

Last time we saw Boetsch fight, it was his opponent Dan Henderson who had his back against the wall, with two straight losses coming in to their fight, were he knocked out Boetsch in less than 30 seconds. This time, Tim is in the position Henderson was, and if Boetsch doesn’t come out of this fight with a victory, this might be the last time we see him fighting for the UFC.

Herman on the other hand has won-one lose-one for the past few years, and is now coming of another loss. His inactivity hurts his relevance and strengthens a possibly argument for him to be released if he were to lose two in a row, which would ultimately make it 2-3 in his past five contests. This Ultimate Fighter season 3 finalist needs to rise to the occasion on Jan. 17 and put his stamp on it.

 

Loser of Paul Felder vs. Daron Cruickshank  

Who doesn’t love when either of these two men crack their knuckles before showcasing their impressive striking. However, the ‘Detroit Superstar’ Cruickshank and Felder, Felder who comes out of Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone’s gym ‘The Bad Motherf—– Ranch’, are both in desperate need of a victory. They are entertaining to watch compete with their flashy techniques, but Performance- and Fight of the Night honors only give you a bonus check, not job security. Granted, it probably makes the organisation spend an extra thought on the idea of keeping you on the roster to please the fans since you are delivering good content for the viewers, but we all know what three loses in a row often means, and both these men are close to having that after this weekend, the other one will have successfully snapped that losing streak and with that put their head above water for now.

 

Charles Rosa

Rosa was originally scheduled to face Jimy Hettes this weekend but reports came out on Jan. 10 that Hettes was out with an injury, but in less than two days, UFC got the undefeated brazilian Augusto Mendes (5-0) to step up on short notice for his UFC debut. This news has been confirmed from Rosa himself, through his twitter.

Rosa has been in the UFC octagon three times, and with a record of 1-2 in the organization, the ‘Boston Strong’ is in need for a victory here on Jan. 17, to keep his spot on the roster.

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-.