POST-UFC 214: ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was back in Anaheim, CA for the first time in promotional background last Saturday (July 29, 2017) using UFC 214: Cormier vs. Jones II. It was an entertaining night of activity that saw half the bouts end within the distance, and with the scraps today in our rear perspective, let us look at that of the day’s competitors we might no longer see heading to work within the Octagon…
ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK
Curran dropped a unanimous decision to Aleksandra Albu in a very 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 solid hard work and winning the next and last round of this fight, I think there’s a good likelihood that the promotion releases her out of her contract, believing I thought she’d surely get released after her prior defeat. At this time, she’s in what we call”Jessica Eye land,” so it wouldn’t be a shock to see her receive a final opportunity to get a third time.
Burkman was knocked out in the first round of his bout against the Drew Dober of Colorado. The loss puts him on a four-fight losing streak in the UFC, the final two of which have now come by 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. But he changed his mind and returned to the Dober bout. Whether he retires for good or not, I think it’s fair to say that we’ve seen the last of Burkman inside the Octagon, and I don’t expect to find the The Ultimate Fighter 2 veteran returning for a third stint with the promotion.
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