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The Cut List: UFC Fight Night - Macdonald vs. Saffiedine

A UFN card low on losing streaks and heavy on budding UFC careers means that no one is very likely cut. But, not everyone can afford to take their UFC contracts for granted, either...

TUF: Nations runner-up Aubin-Mercier (right) may be fighting to retain his spot in the UFC.
TUF: Nations runner-up Aubin-Mercier (right) may be fighting to retain his spot in the UFC.
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Likely Cut With a Loss

No lengthy losing streaks or previous PED offenders are to be found on this card, so I don't think there's anyone who is especially likely to be cut.

Possibly Cut With a Loss

Jerrod Sanders (14-2, 0-1 UFC), Jake Lindsey (9-1, 0-1 UFC) - Both winless in the UFC, each finished in their last outing. A spirited, competitive performance could keep them in the UFC, but if they come away looking flat or again find themselves overwhelmed to the point of TKO or submission, they might find themselves back in the regionals.

Olivier Aubin-Mercier (4-1, 0-1 UFC) - Like Sanders and Lindsey, Aubin-Mercier is winless in the UFC. He's a TUF runner-up, though, which might afford him a little more slack, but it does seem like that label's cachet seems increasingly dubious.

Likely Safe Regardless of Outcome

Matt Dwyer (7-1-0), Roman Salazar (9-2-0), Paul Felder (8-0-0), Chris Kelades (7-1-0) - Barring any drama or hijinks around weight cutting or substance abuse, these debutantes are all likely for another shot.

Pedro Munhoz (11-1, 1-1 UFC), Albert Tumenov (13-2, 1-1 UFC), Yosdenis Cedeno (10-3, 1-1 UFC), Bruno Santos (14-1, 1-1 UFC) - All of these guys are in danger of dropping below the .500 mark in the UFC. However, they're also all coming off of wins, and with the exception of Santos, they each finished their last opponent.

Chad Laprise (8-0, 1-0 UFC), Jingliang Li (9-2, 1-0 UFC), Nordine Taleb (9-2, 1-0 UFC), Elias Theodorou (9-0, 1-0 UFC), Jason Saggo (10-1, 1-0 UFC), Patrick Holohan (10-0-1, 1-0 UFC) - All undefeated in the UFC, with TUF: Nations tournament winners Theodorou and Laprise being of particular note. Taleb's a bit of a curiosity as well--if you were to include contests from TUF, his promotional record would actually sit at 1-2.

Mitch Gagnon (11-2, 3-1 UFC), Daron Cruickshank (15-5, 5-3 UFC), Anthony Njokuani (16-8-1NC, 3-4 UFC) - Following a tough debut against Bryan Caraway, Gagnon has quietly put together a three-fight win streak. Cruickshank, meanwhile, has become one of the most dependable action fighters in the division this side of Donald Cerrone, fighting often and with a knack for exciting finishes. Njokuani hasn't found the same success opponent Cruickshank has, but I think his similarly approachable style will keep him another UFC fight despite his uneven record.

Raphael Assuncao (22-4, 6-1 UFC), Bryan Caraway (19-6, 4-1 UFC), Tarec Saffiedine (15-3, 1-0 UFC), Rory Macdonald (17-2, 8-2 UFC) - The main card fighters are all in good shape. Assuncao has the longest win-streak of the bunch (of the entire card, in fact), with six straight victories.