The UFC event that went from having a title bout between Fabricio Werdum and Cain Velasquez that was canceled due to injuries, resulted in the event going from being UFC 196 to an event that would be moved to Fox Sports. The former co-main event of Johny Hendricks vs. Stephen Thompson became the new headliner. Following the action last Saturday night, let’s take a look at which fighters could have possibly seen their last bout under the promotion. Who could be receiving their pink slips?

Mike Jackson

Jackson never really had a chance in the UFC right from the start. He was signed strictly to face a very unexperienced fighter in Mickey Gall, who himself was set up to win in his promotional debut against Jackson. Gall was promised a shot at facing CM Punk if he were to beat Jackson, but on the other hand, Jackson was not guaranteed anything with a win in his debut. Not only was it Jackson’s promotional debut, but it was his professional mixed martial arts debut. Gall made quick work of Jackson, dropping him with strikes and finishing him with ease via submission in under a minute. It’s likely one and done for Jackson.

KJ Noons

Noons, the former Strikeforce champion, with impressive wins under his record of names such as Nick Diaz, Yves Edwards, George Sotiropoulos, and Sam Stout, has just not been able to find success under the promotion. Since joining the UFC, he has a record of 2-3-1, and now on a two-fight losing streak with an additional fight being a No Contest due to him accidentally poking his opponent in the eye in a fight that he was losing on the judge’s cards. It is very likely that after his poor performance in his last bout to Josh Burkman that he will be cut from the promotion. In the bout against Burkman, it seemed that both men were fighting for their jobs Saturday night and Noons seemed more concerned with being taken down then actually letting his hands go.

Rafael Cavalcante

Cavalcante is very similar to Noons, in the fact that he had great success under the Strikeforce promotion, with big wins under his record with names like Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal, and current top middleweight contender Yoel Romero. The former strike force champion has had little success in the UFC, with a current record of 1-4. During his bout against Ovince St. Preux, he showed very little promise, and early in the fight when OSP seemed to have a foot injury, rather then capitalizing on the injury, he showed no urgency and basically looked as if he was just hanging on, waiting for the fight to end. Even during the bout commentator Brian Stann numerously made comments about Cavalcante’s poor, in-fight performance. Like Noons, it is very likely that Cavalcante had seen his last fight inside the UFC Octagon.

Zach Makovsky

“Fun Size” Makovsky has now found himself on a two-fight losing streak, and now 3-3 under the Zuffa banner. When Makovsky first came to the UFC, he had a ton of potential and was even getting Matt Hughes comparisons. His three losses in the UFC have all come to tough opponents in Jussier Formiga, John Dodson, and now Joseph Benavidez, but all of his wins have been against opponents that are no longer in the company. Due to the tough competition he has faced, and how weak the flyweight division is, I don’t see Makovsky getting cut, but he’s awfully close.

About The Author

Jake Schneider
Staff Writer

Jake Schneider is a student at the University of Rhode Island who is currently looking to pursue a double major in Communications and Journalism. He is an MMA fanatic who has been following the sport for years. He began to share his wealth of knowledge and opinions on the sport to many of his family members and friends as well as various MMA forums online. His love and passion for the sport has been able to make many people that are a part of his life fans of mixed martial arts as well. His insight of the sport both inside and outside of the cage is what makes his analysis on fights and individual fighters so well informed.