If you’re a fighter struggling in the UFC, the one thing you’re hoping for is that your name fails to make the execution list. A new, fresh batch of cuts recently hit the media when it was announced that George Sotiropolous, Rosi Sexton, and Alessio Sakara would be released from the promotion. While the three fighters had a combined total of a 10 consecutive losses, it makes you wonder who might be next. Here is a 4-figure list of fighters who shouldn’t be surprised to find themselves on Santa’s “Naughty List” if they lose their next bout. There many fighters that could arguably make this list, so I tried to pick known fighters.
Peaking the list of “disappointing prospects” has to be Uriah Hall. After a sensational run in The Ultimate Fighter, Uriah has failed to get just one victory in the Octagon. Worse yet, his performances have left much to be desired for. Hall, a labeled knockout artist, has received heat from Dana White when the president commented, “He’s not a fighter”. That has to hurt considering Hall was the primary reason why TUF 16 was such a success. Now with his career in on the edge of total disappointment, he finds himself in a do-or-die situation. His next bout, a prelim headliner for the anticipated UFC 168 card, is against Chris Leben. If anybody has been frustrated with Hall’s incline to let loose and throw down – fear no more. This bout against Chris Leben should, theoretically, make it very obvious whether or not Hall has just had a severe case of Octagon jitters, or if this former desired talent is a complete flop.
While he remains a favored character and personality among UFC fans, Pat Barry’s UFC career has not looked very bright. He had the performance of his life when he knocked out the late Shane del Rosario in the latter part of 2012, but has fell victim to the brutal hands of Shawn Jordan and Soa Palelei; two fights that, on paper, should have been easy wins. Now with a 5-7 record in the UFC, it’s clear Barry is not the devastating kickboxer that has come down to chop down the whole heavyweight division. If Barry loses his next bout (undetermined at the moment), expect him to get the unwanted telephone call.
Some things just aren’t meant to be. Campuzano was a WEC transfer, but failed to live up to the rigid expectations inside the UFC. He only managed a 1 victory in his 3-fight stint in the WEC, and dropped his two chances at UFC fame. However, he rebounded strongly with a 5-0 record in outside promotions, including a split decision victory over Japanese MMA pioneer, Hideo Tokoro. Campuzano received the call back to the UFC for another shot to make something of the Mexico-native, but fell victim to the anticipated prospect, Sergio Pettis. In a strange showing of mercy, the UFC has scheduled him another fight. Darrell Montague meets Campuzano in a do-or-die fight that would be Campuzano’s fourth chance at getting a UFC win.
Despite a length series of hard fought battles, victory has escaped Nam Phan’s grasp more than enough times to warrant a release. With a 2-5 UFC record (all bouts going the distance), Phan has resorted to a change in weight in attempt to capture some needed momentum. However, Takeya Mizugaki denied Phan of that with a sound decision victory over the California-native. Now, Nam Phan stands on a 2-fight losing streak at the bottom of a newly entered division with much pressure on his shoulders. One more loss and it should be expected that Nam Phan will be released. He brought some memorable performances, but after seeing him struggle to gain the upper-hand in the majority of his bouts, I think it’s evident that he may not have what it takes to perform in the UFC. Maybe Bellator will work out better.