Post-UFC Fight Night 111: On the Chopping Block
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was back in Singapore for the second time in promotional history last Saturday (June 17, 2017) with UFC Fight Night 111: Holm vs. Correia. It was an entertaining night of scraps that saw six of 12 bouts end inside the distance, and with that 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
Arlovski came up short in a unanimous-decision loss to Marcin Tybura and has now suffered five straight defeats inside the Octagon, with all five of them coming against the heavy hitters of the division. It would not shock me to see him get another chance, but I think it is likely that we have seen the last of Arlovski. If they wanted to keep him around, I think they would have given him a different opponent than Tybura, as the Pole was riding a red hot win streak with a pair of knockout finishes.
Saffiedine has now suffered three consecutive defeats and is 1-4 in his last five outings inside the Octagon. The lone victory during that stretch has been a unanimous-decision over Jake Ellenberger. Due to that losing streak, I think there is a fair chance that the promotion will opt to part ways with the former Strikeforce welterweight champion. I would say it is 50/50 as to whether we see Saffiedine remain in the organization.
Gomi has now last four in a row -- all via first-round finish -- and it is likely that the 38-year-old veteran will be receiving his walking papers from the promotion. The fact that there is a card coming up in Japan makes me think they may give him one more crack, so at this point, we have a 50/50 shot at best of seeing “The Fireball Kid” back.