Who’s on the Hot Seat: UFC 155 Edition
Christmas has passed and before the new year is upon us the UFC presents their annual year end card. For the second year in a row the main event will feature the heavyweights. Last year Alistair Overeem made his organizational debut and sent Brock Lesnar into retirement. This year we will be treated to Junior Dos Santos-Cain Velasquez part II. This time around JDS will be defending the title he won from Velasquez last year in Anaheim on the first ever UFC on Fox Card.
UFC 155 will take place in Las Vegas at The MGM Grand Garden Arena. All told the card has 12 bouts. Five will air on pay-per-view and seven will air on Facebook/FX. There’s a few fighters competing who are in desperate need of a win should they want to ring in 2013 as a member of the UFC’s roster. Let’s take a look at Who’s on the Hot Seat.
The 29-year-old Virginia native made his UFC debut last October on the UFC Live: Cruz vs. Johnson card in our nations capital. Bloodworth came into the fight with a 6-1 record having competed in the southeast as a featherweight. Mike Easton welcomed him to the UFC’s bantamweight division and finished him late in the second round via TKO. He is facing Erik Perez, the man who scored the fastest knockout in UFC & WEC bantamweight history (17 seconds) over Ken Stone at UFC 150. Bloodworth does not want to start his UFC career off with two straight losses and being on the shelf for almost 14 months won’t help his cause.
There is no doubting the fact that Garcia is a fan favorite and always takes part in exciting fights, but after awhile that becomes irrelevant when the losses begin to pile up. Garcia has lost three straight and in reality it should be four as he was handed a gift decision in his first fight with Nam Phan. If you take away the split decision victory he holds over Chan-Sung Jung aka The Korean Zombie at WEC 48, another fight many feel he lost, he would have six losses in a row.
The one thing that keeps him employed is his penchant for keeping the fans entertained as evidenced by his winning four Fight of the Night awards in his last seven fights. He was originally scheduled to face Cody McKenzie, but instead will now fight Max Holloway after McKenzie was forced to pull out a little over a week ago with an injury. Garcia told us on BJPenn.Com Radio a few weeks ago that he was looking to utilize his full skillset in order to bring home a win. If he loses again, he will more than likely be cut regardless of how exciting the fight is.
There were a few other fighters I considered such as Derek Brunson who will make his UFC debut against the returning Chris Leben. Although Brunson comes into the fight having lost two in a row he is taking a tough fight on short notice. Melvin Guillard is going into his fight with Jamie Varner having lost three of his last four and missed weight badly for his fight with Donald Cerrone at UFC 150. He still has a pretty big name and at 29-years-old still has a lot to offer.