POST-UFC FIGHT NIGHT 111: ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK

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The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was back in Singapore for the second time in promotional history Saturday (June 17, 2017) with UFC Fight Night 111: Holm vs. Correia. It was an entertaining night of bits that saw six of 12 bouts ending within the distance, and with that action now in our rear view, let’s look at which of the evening’s competitions we might no longer see heading to work within the Octagon…
ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK
Andrei Arlovski
Arlovski came up at 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 this branch. It wouldn’t surprise me to see him get another chance, but I think it’s very likely that we have seen the last of Arlovski. If they desired to keep him around, I think they could have given him another competitor than Tybura, since the Pole was riding a red hot win streak with a pair of knockout finishes.
Tarec Saffiedine
Saffiedine has now suffered three successive defeats and is 1-4 in his past five trips within the Octagon. The only victory during that stretch has been a unanimous-decision over Jake Ellenberger. As a result of this losing streak, I think there is a fair chance that the promotion will opt to part ways with the prior Strikeforce welterweight champion. I would say it is 50/50 as to if we see Saffiedine stay in the organization.
Takanori Gomi
Gomi has now last four in a row — all via first-round end — and it’s likely that the 38-year-old veteran will likely be getting his walking papers out of the advertising. The simple fact that there’s a card coming up in Japan makes me think they may give him yet another crack, therefore at this point, we’ve got a 50/50 shot best of viewing”The Fireball Kid” back.
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