The UFC’s heavyweight division is one of the most shallow weight classes in the promotion, but even with that said, expect some moves to be made within the division after Saturday night.

On Saturday, UFC 157 takes place from the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. There is only one heavyweight bout on the card, but the fight itself will determine the future for two men. Lavar Johnson will square off with Brendan Schaub in basically a “loser goes home” fight. It sounds harsh, but after losses in their last Octagon appearances and the sudden wave of cuts in the UFC, it’s fair to label it that way.

Johnson has shown glimpses in his time with the UFC of being a fighter to be feared. But after suffering three submission losses in two years, with his last coming in May against Stefan Struve in just over a minute, Johnson could be on the chopping block. At 35 years of age, Johnson doesn’t have a very high ceiling to become a top-10 heavyweight. “Big” has knockout power, but nothing else. As he moves further up the ranks, he will run into fighters who are smart enough not to brawl with him, and they will therefore cause him to fall back down to the mid-tier level.

Schaub is in a bit of the same situation. “The Hybrid” had success early in his UFC career with notable wins over Gabriel Gonzaga and Mirko Cro Cop, but after meeting higher-level fighters, Schaub failed to perform well. After two first-round knockout losses in a row to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Ben Rothwell, Schaub is in even more danger. With another knockout defeat, Schaub will without a doubt be released by the UFC.

Just look at what has happened this week in the UFC. On Wednesday, a report came out which stated the UFC had released a total of 16 fighters from its roster. The biggest name on the list was former welterweight contender Jon Fitch, which caused the biggest dismay, but a heavyweight, Mike Russow, was on the list of cuts as well.

Russow, who recently lost to Shawn Jordan at UFC on Fox 6, was cut after losing his last two bouts. If Johnson loses on Saturday, it will be his second straight defeat, and for Schaub, it would be his third straight.

Unless the UFC decides for some odd reason to keep the remaining heavyweights on the roster, the loser of Johnson vs. Schaub will be released. History never fails to repeat itself, and it’s clear the promotion isn’t shy about restocking its roster with fresh talent. The UFC wants consistent, durable fighters, and in all honesty, Johnson and Schaub do not fit the description.

Photo: Brendan Schaub (Rob Tatum/The MMA Corner)

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Corey Adams didn't grow up watching mixed martial arts, considering the UFC was just getting started the year he was born, but in his teenage years, witnessed the action and has fallen in love with the sport. Corey was the first to join The MMA Corner staff -- other than founder Josh Davis -- and has been writing for the site ever since. Corey attends Austin Peay State University, where he majors in Communications with a focus on journalism. When he's not covering MMA, Corey is still writing on many sports with both local and campus newspapers. His favorite sports teams are the Atlanta Braves and Denver Broncos. Follow him on Twitter at the link below.