The shelf life of the average UFC fighter in the world’s top promotion doesn’t last very long.

It takes hard work, confidence, and hours upon hours to be able to work through the sweat and tears just to get there.  And once you achieve it, it’s even harder to stay there.

You have to be able to take the pressure that comes with standing under the bright lights, fighting someone who did everything you did, and having confidence in your craft. One must truly believe deep down that they are capable of accomplishing great things. Martial artists don’t get too many chances to figure it out, so you better hit the ground running.

Three losses in a row is mostly a ‘death sentence’ for your time there, two losses in a row can also be enough to point you to the exit, and even sometimes, a single loss can be all it takes to be shown the door if your performance wasn’t exciting enough for the fans watching.

This weekend is the first UFC card of 2016, and it is on pay-per-view, with the welterweight title on the line as Robbie Lawler and Carlos Condit will square off for UFC gold.

As we always do here on ‘Who’s On the Hot Seat’, let’s go through the fighters that have their backs against the wall this weekend when they step inside the octagon at UFC 195.


Loser of Sheldon Westcott vs. Edgar Garcia

Both of these 31-year-olds are coming into this contest with something to prove. The Canadian, Westcott, is 0-2 since being signed, and the American, Garcia, is 0-1 (since he came back to UFC, after going 0-2 in 2009) with his only bout coming from loss via submission. With time not being on these two middleweights side, both need badly to showcase their skills this weekend to be considered for future opportunities under the UFC umbrella.

Nina Ansaroff

With a 6-4 overall record in professional MMA, Ansaroff went on a tear before getting invited to join UFC, yet, her career in the organization has been anything but impressive. This is her second showing following a break of 14 months since her last fight. Ansaroff was scheduled to face Rose Namajunas in May 2015, at UFC 187, but had to pull out of because of weight issues, and we all know, failing because of your weight not being on point, is not good if you trying to get on UFC’s good side. Ansaroff will now meet a 4-0 Justine Kish, and a loss here would not only hurt her overall MMA record, but also her chance of continuing being on the biggest stage in the world.

Abel Trujillo

This is a weird one, on paper, Trujillo has lost two in a row, but there is circumstances to take notice of here. His latest loss was to Gleison Tibau, who recently was outed (twice) for failing his ‘out of competition drug test’ and a ‘post fight drug test’ collected on fight night where he won by rear-naked choke in round one against Trujillo. The records for that contest will most likely be changed to a ‘No Contest’ in the near future. Because of that, Trujillo may have some markers left even if after this next fight against Tony Sims wouldn’t for some reason go his way. Although, we shouldn’t think of that as a guarantee, that he is safe regardless of the outcome after this weekend. Trujillo needs assurances,  and a victory here would give him that.

Joe Soto

After probably the most difficult debut imaginable for a UFC hopeful, Soto accepted the challenge of facing bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw on short notice, after Dillashaw’s rematch with Renan Barao fell out, as Barao’s weight-cut proved to be so problematic that it made him faint and hit his head in a fall. Soto stepped up and was quite ‘game’ for the challenge but eventually lost by knockout in round five. He got another opportunity 10 months later by facing his original opponent for the day when he stepped up to face Dillashaw, Anthony Birchak, but unfortunately lost that one too by knockout in round one. This here is opportunity number three, which leaves him in a must-win scenario.

About The Author

Christian Larusson
Staff Writer

Christian Larusson is a passionate Mixed Martial Arts fan. With experience in writing for Swedish MMA sites, he now solely writes in English through blogging, PunchDrunkSports and The MMA Corner. Got his heart broken early in his life when a friend, ‘Judas’, told him that WWE/WWF wasn’t real. Then one day, he saw MMA on a friend's computer, he was overwhelmed with emotions from what his eyes had just seen. He´s been in love ever since. Christian has been published in different Swedish papers and books, nothing to do with MMA though, so who gives a shh-.

  • Joey McCarthy

    Abel trujilio didn’t lose a unanimous decision over Tibau, it was a horrible and very controversial stoppage by the ref in the 1st round via rear naked choke submission…. just saying

    • christianlarusson

      Absolutely, you are right. It has been corrected, thank you