UFC 287 could land one fighter on the chopping block.
In the world of combat sports, a loss could send a fighter on their way out the door from the UFC.
For Michelle Waterson-Gomez, we could potentially see her last fight inside the Octagon.
It surely is a crazy thing to think that the former Invicta atomweight champion, who was supposed to come to the UFC and run the gauntlet of contenders, could be on her way out if she loses at UFC 287 this Saturday. It looked to be the case when she started off by beating Angela Magaña in her debut and then added another win against Paige VanZant.
After the VanZant win, Waterson-Gomez’s record fluctuated between wins and losses. In Waterson-Gomez’s last five fights, she has only managed to earn one win (and it was a close split-decision win at that).
Waterson-Gomez could be next on the chopping block
The writings are on the wall that Waterson-Gomez could be on the chopping block, simply because her fight lands on the prelims - and hey, there is nothing wrong with that - there are always fights that steal the show on the prelims, but when you drop to the preliminary card after being a main event fighter, it is a fall from grace so to speak.
Even the opponent Luana Pinheiro is an up-and-coming contender that could steal some star power from Waterson-Gomez with a win, as she is on an impressive eight-fight win streak. Pinheiro could see her stock rise over what has been a staple in the UFC women’s straw weight division.
Waterson-Gomez may even take a different route and beat the UFC to the chopping block and potentially retire if a loss was to be her fate at UFC 287.
It is an unfortunate reality in mixed martial arts that if you are not winning there are contenders who will seize their opportunity and pave their way past former main event fighters, reminding us all that even the fan favourites sometimes ride off into the sunset by way of the unforgiving UFC chopping block.