At UFC FN 87, a number of combatants sit precariously in regards to their continued tenure in the Zuffa-based promotion. And by the end of the proceedings, a few will be seated elsewhere, but it won’t be under the aegis of the UFC umbrella.

The Hot Seat:

Uneasy sits the derrière that twitchingly positions itself on that red hot seat, a seat no less that is indicative of a fighters standing and/or pertinence in his or her weight class, but more importantly, an assessment of whether they teeter on the precipice of front door exit with their pink slip in tow.

So let’s have a look see.

Main Card (Fox Sports 1):

Antonio Silva vs. Stefan Struve
In the co-main event of this inaugural Netherlands card, Antonio Silva and Stefan Struve get to vie for heavyweight relevancy and much more.

Struve’s last outing was a unanimous decision loss to Jared Rosholt back in November 2015 at UFC 193. In his last four Octagon appearances, the 28-year-old Dutchman has only managed one win — a unanimous decision victory against Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira. Prior to that, he suffered back-to-back T/KO defeats to Alistair Overeem and Mark Hunt.

All the same, an impressive performance could help usher the 7’0″ Struve (26-8 MMA, 10-6 UFC) back into the heavyweight mix. A loss and things begin to get murky for the perennial UFC resident. Though I doubt the “Skyscraper” will be handed his notice just yet, as he’s been plying his trade with the promotion for over seven years now. Nonetheless, the Blackzilian team fighter will most definitely be on the outside looking in.

At 36, “Bigfoot” Silva (20-7-1 MMA, 3-5-1 UFC) is in the twilight of his career — one last shot at something I guess, but that something ain’t gonna be the Holy Grail of heavies.

That being said, Silva’s last six fights don’t bode well for him — 1-4-1, with four T/KOs defeats (Cain Velasquez, Andrei Arlovski, Frank Mir, and most recently Mark Hunt). Another loss on May 8 and I do believe the brass upon high will thank the 6’4″ Brazilian for the memories whilst simultaneously handing him his papers.

Preliminary card (Fox Sports 1):

Yan Cabral vs. Reza Madadi
Yan Cabral (12-2MMA, 2-2 UFC) and Reza Madadi (13-4 MMA, 2-2 UFC) go head-to-head in this lightweight clash knowing full well a negative outcome could easily seal their fates. Both are 2-2 since inking for the promotion with identical win/loss ratios to match; win-loss-win-loss.

Cabral, 32, is 1-1 since scaling down to the 155 division, and is also coming off a unanimous decision loss to Johnny Case. Should he fail to register a victory, the submission expert (11 of 12 wins via submission) could be closer to the door than he thinks.

The same harsh reality applies to 37-year-old Iranian “Mad Dog.” It’s a case of sink or swim for this duo.

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Nedu Obi

Nedu graduated from London Metropolitan University and has a Bachelor's Degree in Creative Writing and Media Studies. He is a fervent freelance writer/blogger and a wordsmith provocateur. His hobbies/interests are centred on MMA, Boxing, Football, Current Events and the Arts. He’s also a keen roller skater and marshals for the LFNS (London Friday Night Skate). "Political language -- and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists -- is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind". - George Orwell