The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was back in Anaheim, CA for the first time in promotional history Saturday (July 29, 2017) using UFC 214: Cormier vs. Jones II. It was an entertaining night of action that saw half the bouts end within the space, and with all the scraps now in our rear view, let us look at which of the day’s competitors we may no longer see heading to work inside the Octagon…
ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK
Curran dropped a unanimous decision to Aleksandra Albu in a really entertaining scrap. She’s now on a three-fight losing streak within the Octagon, falling to 1-5 in the UFC. After the defeat, despite putting up a solid effort and winning the next and last round of the struggle, I think there’s a good chance that the promotion releases her from her contract, believing I thought she’d certainly get discharged after her previous defeat. Right now, she’s in what we call”Jessica Eye land,” therefore it wouldn’t totally be a shock to see her get a final opportunity to get a third time.
Burkman was knocked out against Colorado’s Drew Dober. The loss puts him on a four-fight losing streak in the UFC, the last two of which have come from first-round finish. He retired following his previous loss, which was a first-round, north-south choke entry against Michel Prazeres, leaving his gloves in the Octagon. However he changed his mind and returned to the Dober bout. Whether he retires for good or not, I believe it’s fair to say that we’ve seen the last of Burkman inside the Octagon, and that I do not expect to find the The Ultimate Fighter 2 veteran returning for a third stint with the advertising.
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