Guelmino came out strong but faded as the fight went on. He’s been finished in two straight fights and is 37 years old. As such, expect him to be looking for a rumble on the regional scene at some point soon after being released by the UFC. Though it’s never a good thing to be choked out cold in the first frame, Kimura’s stumble against Gagnon was the first of his career and probably a good thing in terms of his long term development. He’s young and hungry, so he’ll no doubt hit the gym hard and polish his game in hopes of avoiding a similar circumstance. There are lots of bantamweights to choose from, though Kimura would probably benefit from an adversary with similar experience rather than a seasoned veteran. Vaughan Lee could be a solid option, especially given his past struggles with submission specialists. Forte should get another shot in the UFC despite his 1-2 record inside the Octagon. However, his leash is fairly short and another loss will most likely lead to the unemployment line. At this point, his next outing should come on a show in Brazil and involve a mid-tier TUF alumnus a la Mike Ricci or Daron Cruickshank. Clements would be on a two-fight skid if Matt Riddle hadn’t tested positive for marijuana use after beating him, and it’s likely the UFC brass hasn’t forgotten the fight simply because of the outcome being changed to a No Contest. Falling to Thompson won’t be a deathblow to his run in the UFC but he’ll definitely be in a “must win” position the next time he sets foot in the Octagon. An opponent like Zak Cummings would work based being a beatable opponent who is still dangerous enough to take Clements out. For some reason, Menjivar didn’t look like himself at UFC 165 and was surprisingly outpointed by the one-dimensional Reis. The “Pride of El Salvador” will get another crack in the eight-sided cage but he can’t afford to lose after defeats in three of his last four efforts. Adding to the adversity, he’s seasoned enough to get a tough foe for his next effort like Takeya Mizugaki, Eddie Wineland, or Bryan Caraway rather than a tomato can. Healy lived up to his reputation for toughness by refusing to give in despite damage brought on by Nurmagomedov’s constant pressure. “Bam Bam” is beloved by plenty of fans, has plenty of talent, and can lay claim to a ton of in-ring experience despite only being 30 years old. He will be back as strong as ever in his next scrap and is probably itching for action ASAP. Given his status and success prior to the defeat, expect Healy to get a well-known foe in his next fight such as Rafael dos Anjos or a loser from one of the many notable lightweight bouts booked for action in the coming months (Donald Cerrone-Evan Dunham, Melvin Guillard-Ross Pearson, Gleison Tibau-Michael Johnson, etc.) Philippou was bumped back down to the mid-card after being somewhat embarrassed by Carmont en route to a decision loss. His takedown defense was sketchy and he looked like a fish out of water when on his back. The 33-year old striker is solid when it comes facing fellow stand-up artists but is far from a lock when taking on grapplers. In order to produce an entertaining fight for fans, not to mention a meeting Philippou could showcase his skills in, one of the participants in November’s match-up between Chris Camozzi-Lorenz Larkin might be worth considering as would a returning Alan Belcher or Luke Rockhold depending on who gets healthy first. There are lots of factors working against Mitrione in terms of avoiding a pink-slip. He’s 35 years old but only has nine total fights, he was recently suspended for some controversial comments, and Schaub submitted him in the opening round despite being a subpar grappler. Mitrione might get another crack against a fellow fighter teetering on the edge of release, but a Bellator tournament spot in early 2014 seems a little more likely. Wineland wasn’t expected to beat Barao, but he came out relatively strong and didn’t back down from one of the best pound-for-pound fighters the sport has to offer. He’ll be back in the Octagon as soon as he’s licked his wounds, facing a foe along the lines of Ivan Menjivar, Wilson Reis, or one of the men involved in upcoming clashes between George Roop-Francisco Rivera/T.J. Dillashaw-Raphael Assuncao.
Last Saturday night wasn’t the end of the world for any fighter who exited
as a loser. However, coming up short at the event could mark the end of said athlete’s employment in the UFC 165 UFC depending on how action unfolded in Toronto. With the show in the books, it’s time to take a look at exactly how bleak the future is for the men whose stock took a hit in defeat. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)