Post-UFC Fight Night 123: On the Chopping Block
The Ultimate Fighting Championship was in Fresno, California for the first time in promotional history with UFC Fight Night 123: Swanson vs. Ortega. It was a solid night of action that saw six of 13 bouts end inside the distance, and with the action now in our rear view, let's take a look at which of the evening’s competitors we may no longer see going to work inside the Octagon...
ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK
Morales came up short in a unanimous decision to Benito Lopez, which puts him on a two fight losing streak inside the Octagon. He is 1-3-1 in the UFC and his lone victory was a controversial split decision, so he is arguably winless in five Octagon appearances. Following this past Saturday night’s defeat to the promotional newcomer Lopez, I think there is a 60% chance that Morales will be receiving his pink slip from the promotion. If it were most other fighters, I would have said at least 90%, but Morales always shows up to scrap, so I could see the UFC giving him one last chance.
Carls John de Tomas
“Golden Boy” made his promotional debut this summer, losing a unanimous decision to fellow UFC newcomer Naoki Inoue. It marked the first official loss of his professional mixed martial arts career, and in his effort to return to the win column this past weekend, he faced another UFC newcomer in Alex Perez and lost that bout via anaconda choke in the second round of action. Following consecutive one-sided defeats, I think there is a good chance that the promotion will opt to part ways with de Tomas.