The UFC will host their final event of the year on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at the Ginasio Jose Correa in Barueri, Brazil. While UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Dollaway isn’t the kind of blockbuster year end event we have come to expect from the UFC, there are some interesting showcase fights; specifically for some of the organization’s top Brazilian talent.

Looking over this card it is obvious that the UFC is really looking to trim some fat heading into 2015 as there are seven fighters on the card who are hanging on by a thread.


Vitor Miranda

Miranda is a talented kickboxer and the TUF Brazil 3 heavyweight tournament runner up but at 35, time is simply not on his side. Miranda will be making his middleweight debut on Saturday night, and if he doesn’t get the job done against Jake Collier, he will not be fighting in the Octagon again.

Marcio Alexandre Jr.

Alexandre is a talented young prospect with a ton of potential, but after coming up short in his UFC debut against Warlley Alves, he really needs an impressive showing. While a loss wouldn’t guarantee his release from the promotion back-to-back losses to start a UFC career isn’t ideal. At just 25 though, even if Alexandre were to lose and get cut, he has plenty of time to earn another shot with the UFC.

Hacran Dias

Dias is tough and talented Nova Uniao BJJ black belt who looked solid in his UFC debut win over Iuri Alcantara, but he has lost back-to-back bouts since then. The UFC featherweight division is loaded with talented and three losses in a row would likely end Dias’ UFC run.

Tom Niinimaki

Niinimaki is a talented Finnish grappler, but much like Dias, after a solid win in his UFC debut, Niinimaki has lost back-to-back bouts. Unlike Dias though Niinimaki’s loses both came by first round submission. Niinimaki needs a win in a bad way as a loss would send him back to the European fight circuit.

Igor Pokrajac

It’s truly amazing Pokrajac is still even in the UFC at this point; he has fought in the Octagon 11 times and has an atrocious record of 4-6 with 1 no contest. Pokrajak is winless in his last four trips to the Octagon and another loss would ensure his release.

Daniel Sarafian

Sarafian was initially a middleweight finalist on the first season of TUF Brazil, but he had to pull out of the finale due to an injury. Since that time, Sarafian has gone just 1-3 in the Octagon and is hanging on by a thread. A loss on Saturday would make him 1-4 in the UFC with three straight losses; that is a pink slip record.

Mike Rhodes

Rhodes joined the UFC earlier this year as yet another hot RFA prospect, but since going 0-2 in the octagon, Rhodes is in a must win situation. The UFC welterweight division is extremely deep and competitive and three loses in a row would mean a trip back to the regional MMA scene.

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RJ Gardner
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RJ Gardner is a rabid sports fan and a long time MMA enthusiast. After watching UFC 1 at ripe old age of 11 RJ was hooked and his passion for the sport has continued to blossom over the years. RJ has been covering MMA since 2007 and has had work featured on Bleacher Report,, and RJ is also a Petroleum Transportation Operations Manager during the day.

  • jamesyboy

    good article. realistic insights too.