Who’s on the Hot Seat: UFC 154 Edition
The UFC & their welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre return to Montreal on Saturday night with UFC 154: Condit vs. St. Pierre.
The main event will mark the first time GSP has entered the Octagon since April of last year where he defeated Jake Shields via unanimous decision at UFC 129. His opponent Carlos Condit has been out of action since capturing the interim welterweight title in February with a win over Nick Diaz.
There are some really interesting fights on this card and some UFC veterans are in dire need of a win if they want to keep their spot on the roster. Let’s take a look at Who’s on the Hot Seat.
Patrick Cote: A very popular Canadian middleweight, Cote has lost his last four fights in the UFC. He was released after losing to Anderson Silva, Alan Belcher and Tom Lawlor then brought back after winning four straight outside of the organization. Cote was nabbed to replace Rich Franklin against Cung Le at UFC 148 and promptly dropped a unanimous decision. He’s facing Italian slugger Alessio Sakara in what might amount to a loser leaves town match. Cote doesn’t want to lose his fifth straight because he may not get another opportunity.
Alessio Sakara: Legionarius finds himself in a similar position as Cote. Sakara is very popular with the fans and always goes out there to entertain, but he’s lost his last two fights. Losing a third in a row is not going to endear him too much with Joe Silva and Dana White. The last time we saw Sakara was back in April where he lost via first round knockout to Brian Stann. He had missed a year due to a knee injury he had suffered in a loss to the debuting Chris Weidman in March of 2011. This fight is more than likely going to end in a knockout and the one who’s left standing will still have a job while the other fighter may be unemployed.
Mark Hominick: Everyone loves watching Hominick compete and the heart and resiliency he showed in his featherweight title bout against champion Jose Aldo at UFC 129 last year was remarkable. Yet here he stands on the verge of his fourth straight loss. Some attribute his recent slump to the loss of his coach and friend Shawn Tompkins and that very well may be true, but in the UFC they want to see results. His last bout garnered him a fight of the night bonus, but he still lost by decision to Eddie Yagin at UFC 145. The Machine desperately needs a win here.
Pablo Garza: This will be Garza’s sixth fight under the Zuffa banner. He lost in his only appearance in the WEC against Zhang Tiequan back in September of 2010. He has split his four fights inside the Octagon, but has lost his past two. He’s facing a man in Hominick who has everything to lose and will be fighting in front of his countrymen. This is going to be a tough test for Garza and it doesn’t help that he’s been on the shelf since losing to Dennis Bermudez back in May. Either way this should be an exciting featherweight match-up between two guys fighting for their jobs.
This is going to be very interesting as all four guys on the hot seat are involved in two bouts. Desperate times call for desperate measures!!