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Eliot Marshall getting another shot in the Octagon

Typically the week after a UFC event is associated with news of Mixed Martial Artists who lost receiving their contractual releases from the promotion as a result of their performances. One fighter who found himself in such a situation almost a year ago to the day was Eliot Marshall, an affable light heavyweight who was handed his pink-slip after dropping a Split Decision to veteran competitor Vladimir Matyushenko last March.

While the move likely appeared premature in the eyes of many given his competitive performance against someone with Matyushenko’s reputation and a three-fight winning streak preceding the loss, rather than focusing on the negative Marshall used his time away from the UFC to improve and racked up a trio of victories outside of the promotion before lobbying to fill a late vacancy this past weekend at UFC 128 against Luis Cane.

Marshall was granted his wish and given the spot though he ultimately fell in the opening round by way of TKO after being overwhelmed early by Cane. However, rather than suffer a repeat of 2010 it looks as though the Ultimate Fighter Season 8 alumnus will be given at least one more chance to prove himself in the Octagon.

Five Ounces of Pain was able to confirm the retention of Marshall’s contract with his management team at Alchemist MMA meaning he should be given an opportunity to put in a full camp before his next fight rather than step in on short notice.

The 30-year old grappler out of Colorado is 10-3 in his career and has had his hands raised against the likes of Josh Haynes, Jason Brilz, and Vinny Magalhaes. Five of his wins have come by way of submission.

  • Dufresne says:

    I like Eliot and I know he came in on fairly short notice, but unless he’s really changed his game I just don’t see him hanging around for that long. The UFC’s LHW division is an absolute shark tank, and it seems like every time Eliot fights a guy above about the middle of the pack he loses.

    I hope I’m wrong because he seems like a pretty genuine and likable guy, but I don’t see him faring well against guys like Shogun, Rashad, Franklin, Griffin, Lil Nog and the rest of the monsters that call 205 their sandbox.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    odd, cos he looked shit against Cane, thought he’d be out after one

  • Jak says:

    Gotta agree with Dufresne, Luis Cane was almost on the outside looking in and wasn’t considered a top prospect anymore.

    You’re not going to get any easy fights in the LHW division.

  • boomnutz says:

    I agree with everything…they should transfer his contract to SF and get him some fights over there (although I can’t think of many guys off the top of my head over there either)


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