Post-UFC Fight Night 109: On the Chopping Block
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was in Stockholm, Sweden for the fifth time in promotional history last Sunday (May 28, 2017) with UFC Fight Night 109: Gustafsson vs. Teixeira. It was a solid night of fights that saw six of 12 bouts end by finish, and with the scraps now in our rear view, let's take a look at which of the evening’s competitors we may no longer see in action inside the Octagon...
ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK
Nicholson took on Jack Hermansson and lost via first-round TKO. He is now on a two-fight deficit inside the Octagon and 1-3 in the UFC. Following the loss to Hermansson, I think there is a good chance that Nicholson will be receiving his walking papers from the promotion. In addition to his recent skid, he is also known to make headlines for negative reasons, and I believe the UFC will be happy cutting ties with him. I see him getting released, and I don’t see him working his way back to the big show, despite being only 27 years of age.
Camozzi came up short in a unanimous-decision loss to Trevor Smith and is now riding a three-fight losing streak in what is his third stint with the UFC. He was released after four consecutive losses last time and has dropped only three straight this time, but I think it’s more than likely that he will be receiving a pink slip from the promotion. I personally would prefer to see him get a fourth shot for a second time, but I have my doubts about it. Should he get released, I think this time he will head to Bellator instead of the regional circuit in Colorado in hopes of working his way to a fourth UFC stint.
Musoke returned from an extended layoff to take on Bojan Velickovic in front of his home crowd in Sweden. He was up on the judges’ scorecards en route to a decision victory with half a minute left in the contest. That's when he was caught with a check right hook that staggered him, putting him on ice skates and allowing Velickovic to finish him. The loss makes it two straight for the Swede, and he is now 1-3 in his last four. I think it is 60/40 that he will be getting released from the UFC. I lean towards them giving him a third shot because he just returned from an extended layoff, was winning the fight until getting caught and the promotion could use him for European cards.