UFC 185 takes place Saturday at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas and features two championships being put on the line.

Now when it comes to fighters who have the most to lose, I’d always say the champion has the most to lose. There’s never a guarantee that Anthony Pettis or Carla Esparza will ever be able to call themselves a champion again if they were to lose their belts.

That being said, let’s think of the fighters on the card besides Pettis or Esparza that would have the most to lose.

Alistair Overeem

This is Overeem’s last run. If he get’s past Roy Nelson and maybe puts together another win or two after this, with as shallow as the UFC’s heavyweight division appears at the moment, he could find his way to a title shot.

If he loses to Nelson, especially if it’s being knocked out by Nelson, that would pretty much put a wrap on any title run in the UFC for Alistair Overeem barring any injury replacement situations.

A .500 record after six fights wasn’t expected of the Dutch kickboxer. He’s got a lot riding at UFC 185.

Johny Hendricks

I wouldn’t say that a title shot is set in stone for Hendricks if he wins, but it’s close as it would ever be without actually being said by Dana White. Depending on what happens between Robbie Lawler and Rory MacDonald, he could either be getting the trilogy with Lawler or trying to take the belt away from the most physically imposing fighter in the division.

A loss would be Hendricks’ third in his past four fights. That makes it tough to get back to a title shot anytime soon. Hendricks could maybe eye a move up to middleweight if he finds himself on the outside looking in at 170 pounds.

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Blane Ferguson
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Blane can trace his MMA roots, like many others, to the finale of the first Ultimate Fighter season between Stephan Bonnar and Forrest Griffin. After watching that incredible fight and cleaning the local Blockbuster of any recorded UFC pay-per-views they had, Blane was hooked on watching the sport and he carried that passion with him to the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. Blane is a four-year broadcasting veteran of ASU's campus radio including a founder and co-host of the station's combat sports show, The Final Round.