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The Cut List: UFC Fight Night - Henderson vs. Thatch

A look at whose UFC careers are on the line this weekend in Colorado.

Benson Henderson will risk a third-straight loss on short notice.
Benson Henderson will risk a third-straight loss on short notice.
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At Saturday's UFC Fight Night in Broomfield, Colorado, a handful of fighters put lengthy winning streaks on the line, while Benson Henderson risks an unprecedented third straight loss as he moves up to welterweight to face prospect Brandon Thatch on short notice. Not even a slump like that would be enough to see the former champ out of the UFC, though...

Likely Cut With a Loss

Efrain Escudero (22-9, 3-5 UFC) - now taking his third turn through the UFC, the TUF 8 winner is 0-1 in his current campaign, and hasn't won a fight in the Octagon since a 2010 unanimous decision over Dan Lauzon. He's dropped his last four in the UFC and, unless he's the victim of a screw-job by the judges or something like that, I don't think he'll be kept around past five.

Possibly Cut With a Loss

James Moontasri (7-2, 0-1 UFC), Rodrigo Lima (8-2-1, 0-1 UFC) - it's less common than it used to be, but the UFC is still occasionally releasing fighters at 0-2.

Likely Safe Regardless of Outcome

Cody Pfister (11-3-1), Levan Makashvili (6-1-0) - the night's debuting fighters. Makashvili is being brought in on the strength of a victory over former Bellator mainstay Alexandre Bezerra. Pfister is undefeated in his last eight, though he yet lacks a signature victory.

Jim Alers (13-1, 1-0 UFC), Chris Kelades (8-1, 1-0 UFC), Daniel Kelly (8-0, 1-0 UFC), Patrick Walsh (5-1, 1-0 UFC), Kiichi Kunimoto (18-5-2-1NC, 3-0 UFC) - those fighters with unblemished UFC careers. Either Kelly or Walsh are guaranteed their first loss in the Octagon, as they're matched up against each other.

Tim Elliot (10-5-1, 2-3 UFC), Zach Makovsky (18-5-0, 2-1 UFC) - both are coming off losses, with Elliott somewhat worse off, having lost his last two. A potential 2-4 mark is pretty bad, but Elliott's generally made for good TV and I think he'll be kept around in a shallow division, especially given that Makovsky is a well-regarded flyweight himself.

Chas Skelly (13-1, 2-1 UFC), Nik Lentz (25-6-2-1NC, 9-3-1-1NC UFC), Ray Borg (7-1, 1-1 UFC), Kevin Lee (9-1, 2-1 UFC), Michel Prazeres (18-1, 2-1 UFC), Neil Magny (13-3, 6-2 UFC) - everyone here is coming off a win or, in Magny's case, five. Also notable is Chas Skelly, who made a few fans with his go-for-broke, short-notice performance against Sean Soriano last fall, earned him his second UFC victory within as many weeks.

Cole Miller (21-8, 10-6 UFC), Max Holloway (11-3, 7-3 UFC), Brandon Thatch (11-1, 2-0 UFC), Benson Henderson (21-5, 9-3 UFC) - Henderson rattled off seven straight victories to start his UFC career but has struggled to keep his footing since, and after a surprisingly narrow fight with Josh Thomson and his Round 1 stoppage losses to Pettis and Dos Anjos, he's future is looking surprisingly uncertain. Meanwhile, and conversely, featherweight Holloway seems to have hit his stride, winning four in a row, all within the distance.