Potential Cuts Following UFC Fight Night 236

Oh boy, UFC Fight Night 236 was a rollercoaster, wasn’t it? The buzz post-fight was palpable. Some fighters were definitely feeling the heat, worried they might be on the verge of getting the axe.

At the heart of Las Vegas, the Apex facility was alive and kicking. Jack Hermansson made a thunderous return to the middleweight scene, showing Joe Pyfer who’s boss. Meanwhile, Dan Ige made quick work of Andre Fili, securing a knockout in the first round. Not to be outdone, Gregory Rodrigues and Rodolfo Vieira snagged some pretty impressive wins themselves.

But, let’s not get too carried away with the victories. The real talk is about those who didn’t have their hands raised. The air’s thick with tension for these fighters, their future hanging by a thread.

Take Fernie Garcia, for instance. The dude’s 31 and on a bit of a losing streak. Four fights, no wins since showing promise on Dana White’s Contender Series back in 2021. It’s a tough pill to swallow, realizing the path to glory is filled with more bumps than expected.

Hyder Amil, living up to his “Hurricane” nickname, left Garcia in a tough spot this Saturday. A flurry of punches led to a standing TKO in the second round. Garcia, once a promising 10-1 fighter, now seems a shadow of his former self. He’s hinted at looking inward after losses before. Maybe it’s time for some serious soul-searching.

Then there’s Zac Pauga. His story’s something else. From college football to the NFL and now the UFC, the man’s been chasing greatness. But, his recent record in the octagon? Not so great. A knockout loss to Bogdan Guskov at “UFC Vegas 86” has left his UFC future uncertain. His last win feels like ages ago.

And don’t get me started on Darrius Flowers. The guy’s basically hanging by a thread. Despite the hype from the Contender Series, he’s struggled to make his mark in either the welterweight or lightweight divisions. Michael Johnson outclassed him at UFC Fight Night 236 with a mix of striking and timely takedowns. Flowers has got youth on his side, though. There’s still time for a comeback.

So, what’s next for these fighters? Only time will tell. But one thing’s for sure, the UFC is never short on drama or surprises.

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