On Saturday, January 3, 2014, the UFC heads to the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV for one of the most highly anticipated events in recent history; UFC 182: Jones vs. Cormier.

This is the kind of event UFC fans have been clamoring for; the kind of must see event the UFC used to be known for. UFC 182 is loaded with big name fighters and great matchups, and on top of that, it features a light heavyweight title grudge match between bitter rivals Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier.

But UFC 182 isn’t all roses and rainbows either. Staying on the UFC roster is a difficult task for most fighters and there several fighters competing on Saturday that will be fighting for their jobs.

Evan Dunham vs. Rodrigo Damm Loser

In the opening bout of the free Fox Sports 1 portion of the preliminary card, lightweights Dunham and Damm will battle it out to stay in the UFC. Since joining the organization Damm is 3-3 in the Octagon, but he has lost his last two bouts and a three fight losing streak is no way to stay alive in the UFC lightweight division. Dunham on the other hand is in an even more desperate situation as he lost his last three straight and is just 1-4 in his last five bouts. For both men, it’s win or go home on Saturday night.

Louis Gaudinot

Since officially joining the UFC after his stint on The Ultimate Fighter, Gaudinot has been a disappointment. He is 1-2 with one no contest due to a failed drug test in four Octagon appearances. His last win came back in May of 2012. The UFC flyweight division is thin, but not thin enough to justify keeping Gaudinot should he lose again.

Brad Tavares

While Tavares isn’t sitting on the hot seat the other fighters mentioned, he needs a win here in a bad way. Even though Tavares is one of the UFC’s best middleweight prospects, he has lost back-to-back bouts and he is coming off of the first stoppage loss of his career. At just 27, Tavares still have a bright future ahead of him, but losing three in a row would put him in serious danger.

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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, SI.com, CBSSports.com and UFC.com. RJ is also a Petroleum Transportation Operations Manager during the day.