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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 a fun night of scraps which saw six of 12 bouts ending within the distance, and with this action now in our rear view, let’s take a look at which of the evening’s competitors we might no longer see going to work within the Octagon…
ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK
Andrei Arlovski
Arlovski came up short in a unanimous-decision loss to Marcin Tybura and has suffered five straight defeats inside the Octagon, with all five of them coming against the heavy hitters of this division. It would not surprise me to see him get another opportunity, but I think it’s likely that we have seen the last of Arlovski. If they desired to keep him around, I think that they could have given him a different opponent than Tybura, since the Pole was riding a red hot win series with a pair of knockout finishes.
Tarec Saffiedine
Saffiedine has now suffered three successive defeats and is 1-4 in his past five trips inside the Octagon. The lone victory during that stretch was a unanimous-decision over Jake Ellenberger. Due to this losing streak, I think there’s a fair possibility that the promotion will opt to part ways with all the prior Strikeforce welterweight champion. I’d say it is 50/50 as to if we see Saffiedine remain in the organization.
Takanori Gomi
Gomi has last four in a row — all via first-round finish — and it is probable that the 38-year-old veteran will be getting his walking papers out of the promotion. The simple fact that there’s a card coming up in Japan makes me think they can give him yet another crack, therefore at this point, we’ve got a 50/50 shot at best of viewing”The Fireball Kid” back.
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