If Palhares (14-5) hadn’t decided to move down to welterweight there’s a chance he would have already been handed a pink-slip based on first-frame knockout losses in his last two tilts. He’s a talented submission specialist, but he’s failed to produce any truly notable wins despite 5+ years as a member of the UFC and being one-dimensional can only get you so far when facing the sport’s elite. With Mike Pierce on the horizon, not to mention his need to cut additional weight, Palhares has tough test in front of him yet one he absolutely must past in order to avoid facing free agency.
In case there was ever any doubt, the UFC’s recent decision to cut Top 10 middleweight Yushin Okami confirmed no fighter’s job is safe when coming off a defeat. Such is especially true when discussing competitors struggling to find consistent success in general let alone losing a single time. With three cards scheduled for October – UFC Fight Night 29, UFC 166, and UFC Fight Night 30 – there are absolutely a few athletes who are far from safe in terms of avoiding a release unless they are able to secure a victory in their respective rumbles. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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