The UFC returns to Chicago with UFC on Fox 6: Johnson vs. Dodson, less than a year after holding their second Fox card in the same building. This card also marks a very quick turnaround from the last Fox card which was held in Seattle just seven weeks earlier. If this card is anywhere near as entertaining as the one they just presented then we are all in for a great night.
Title fights, number one contender bouts and the possibility we’ll see Rampage Jackson grace us with his presence inside the Octagon for the last time are the stories dominating this card. We’re here to take a look at those a little bit less fortunate, let’s take a look the fighters who are in need of a win to keep their spot in the promotion safe. Let’s take a look at Who’s on the Hot Seat.
Mike Stumpf- At 29-years-old, Stumpf is certainly not a rookie and he lost his UFC debut against T.J. Waldburger via 1st round submission at UFC Fight Night 25 way back in September of 2011. He was scheduled to face Justin Edwards at UFC 143 last February, but was injured and has been out of action ever since. Losing your first two UFC bouts never looks good and it doesn’t help if you can’t stay healthy. Fighting in a very competitive welterweight division only makes things more difficult for Stumpf who really needs a win or at the very least a fight of the night type performance tomorrow night in Chicago.
Vladimir Matyushenko- The Janitor hasn’t been seen inside the Octagon since losing by 1st round knockout to Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 141 last December. He suffered an injury to his Achilles while preparing to face Matt Hamill at UFC 152. It’s not so much the wins and losses that have Matyushenko on the list, it has more to do with his age and the influx of young talent in the stacked UFC light heavyweight division. The former Soviet National Wrestling Champion just turned 42 and a loss here may cause him to rethink his plans on whether or not he wants to continue fighting.
David Mitchell- It’s been 17 months since Mitchell last fought, he was supposed to face Hyun Gyu Lim at UFC on Fuel TV 6 in China this past November, but Lim was declared medically unfit to compete prior to the weigh-ins. Mitchell himself has had issues with his back and with two losses in two UFC bouts, he needs a win here desperately. In his UFC debut he lost to T.J. Waldburger via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night: Marquardt vs. Palhares. He followed that up with another unanimous decision loss to Paulo Thiago at UFC 134. Three losses in your first three bouts usually spells trouble and should Mitchell suffer that fate he will more than likely find himself unemployed.