The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was back in Anaheim, CA for the first time in promotional history last Saturday (July 29, 2017) using UFC 214: Cormier vs. Jones II. It was an entertaining night of activity that saw half of the bouts end inside the distance, and with all the scraps today in our rear view, let’s look at which of the evening’s opponents we may no longer see heading to work within the Octagon…
ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK
A decision dropped to Aleksandra Albu at a really entertaining scrap. She’s currently on a three-fight losing streak inside the Octagon, falling to 1-5 in the UFC. After the defeat, despite putting up a good effort and winning the next and last round of this fight, I think there is a fantastic likelihood that the promotion releases her out of her contract, considering I thought she would surely get released after her prior defeat. At this time, she’s in what we call”Jessica Eye land,” so it wouldn’t totally be a shock to see her receive a last chance for a third time.
Burkman was knocked out against the Drew Dober of Colorado. The reduction puts him onto a four-fight losing streak in the UFC, the last two of which have come by first-round finish. He retired after his previous reduction, which was a first-round, north-south choke submission against Michel Prazeres, leaving his gloves in the Octagon. But he returned to the Dober bout and changed his mind. Whether he retires for good or not, I think it’s reasonable to say that we’ve seen the last of Burkman within the Octagon, and I do not expect to find the The Ultimate Fighter 2 veteran returning for a third stint with the promotion.
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