Who’s on the Hot Seat: UFC on Fuel TV: Barao vs. McDonald Edition | UFC NEWS
The UFC is certainly spoiling mixed martial arts fans during the month of February. For the second time in two weeks the promotion has an exciting main event title fight scheduled. On February 2nd at UFC 156, Jose Aldo defended his UFC Featherweight Championship against former UFC lightweight kingpin Frankie Edgar. It’s safe to say those two didn’t disappoint.
Tomorrow the UFC returns to the UK with another stacked card anchored by a UFC Interim Bantamweight Championship bout between champion Renan Barao and challenger Michael McDonald. UFC President Dana White has promised fireworks when those two meet inside the Octagon.
Before that fight there are 11 other bouts to take a look at and see which fighters may be competing for their jobs. It’s not easy keeping your spot in the world’s largest MMA promotion and if you don’t produce, you can expect to get a pink slip.
Let’s take a look at Who’s on the Hot Seat for UFC on Fuel TV: Barao vs. McDonald.
A member of the Blackzilians and a former Sengoku Middleweight Champion as well as a former Strikeforce Middleweight Grand Prix Champion, Santiago has struggled inside the Octagon. In two prior stints with the organization, the 32-year-old native of Rio de Janeiro has a disappointing 1-4 record. Santiago will make his welterweight debut against Gunnar Nelson who is a very well regarded prospect. Should Santiago falter once again, he could be shown the door, but this time for good.
It’s hard to believe that just 25 months ago Grispi was all set to challenge Aldo for his featherweight title at UFC 125. Unfortunately Aldo was injured and instead of waiting for the champion to heal, Grispi decided to take a fight against a relatively unknown Dustin Poirier. Fast forward two years and Poirier is possibly one win away from a title shot and Grispi may be one more loss away from losing his job. Poirier dominated Grispi in what was his featherweight debut and it seems as though Grispi has never recovered having lost another two bouts since then. There aren’t many fighters who can survive in the UFC after losing four straight. I honestly don’t think Grispi is one of them.
The 30-year-old native of Birmingham, England comes into his bout against Motonobu Tezuka with a 1-2 record in the UFC. He lost his debut to Chris Cariaso at UFC 138, followed that up with a submission win over Norifumi Yamamoto in Japan at UFC 144 and then subsequently lost to T.J. Dillishaw at UFC on Fuel TV: Weidman vs. Munoz. The 10-year MMA veteran carries an overall record of 12-8-1, not very impressive and a loss here would be his second in a row. He must win or at the very least put on a Fight of the Night type performance to earn another go around in the UFC.