It's official - The Cut List is on The Cut List. With the UFC seemingly choosing to keep every Tom, Dick, and Jessica on the roster despite their records, this series of posts is quickly becoming pretty damn useless. So after this event, I'm going to stop doing them. I haven't actually cleared that with anyone yet though. So if you do see one for the next event, it's because I folded like a cheap pup tent and couldn't shout down the powers that be. Hey, I'm a writer, not a revolutionary.
Okay, let's get to it. The top portion of the UFC 171 card is pretty damn good, and the TV portion features some pretty decent fights as well. Most of the supposed danger zone exists in the Fight Pass bouts, except for one ranked fighter that might just end up getting Fitched by the UFC. Who is it? The image accompanying this article should make it pretty clear, but keep reading anyway!
Likely to be cut with a loss
Daniel Pineda - While his UFC career started off well with two submission wins, he has lost three out of his last four. A loss to Whiteford would definitely lead the UFC to question why they're keeping him around.
Possibly cut with a loss
Jake Shields - Yes, he's highly-ranked. Yes, he has beaten three out of the four guys at the top of the UFC 171 card. But I wouldn't be surprised at all if they decided to bail out on the Jake Shields experiment if Lombard knocked him out. He says he has one more fight on his contract and is looking to re-negotiate after he wins. But what if he loses? He's already had a title shot and lost. His style isn't exactly fan-friendly (though I personally think it's great). And he's 35, with a test failure on his record. If I ran the UFC, Jake Shields would always have a job. But I don't, and the entertainment side of the business might see Shields on the outs, just like Jon Fitch and Yushin Okami before him.Here's what our own Kid Nate, Dallas Winston and Connor Ruebusch had to say about Shields' chances against Lombard:
Will Campuzano - He made his comeback to the UFC as a late replacement and dropped a fight to Sergio Pettis. Then he was scheduled to fight Darrell Montague, but ended up with prospect Justin Scoggins instead. Two tough fights either way, and he could be kept around and given an easier out next time if he loses. But with an 0-4 record over two UFC stints at two different weight classes, is it worth it to give him another fight? They're not that thin at flyweight anymore (they have something like 28 fighters signed), so it's not like they NEED him. I guess it might depend on how the fight with Scoggins goes if he does take the L.
Renee Forte -The TUF Brazil 1 fighter has been stopped in both of his UFC losses, but looked good in his lone win over Terry Etim. He's facing a decent prospect in Frank Trevino and a third UFC loss, especially before the final horn, might force the UFC to give him his walking papers.
Robert Whiteford - The Scottish featherweight was submitted in his one and only UFC fight to date. Losing again, especially if he gets finished, wouldn't be a good look. They do have a show tentatively scheduled for early 2015 in Scotland though, and that could be his saving grace.