The flyweight division needs depth but it will be hard to justify Santos’ spot on the roster if he comes up short in a third straight showdown. While opponent Chris Cariaso is in a similar position, he can at least defer to some success in the UFC/WEC when it comes to avoiding the axe. However, Santos hasn’t won in the Octagon yet, relying on regional success to secure a shot on the sport’s biggest stage. If Santos can put together a Fight of the Night contender with Cariaso, he could get one more crack. Otherwise, expect him to be fighting back in Brazil come 2014 but not as a member of the UFC.
Stakes are already high entering any fight, especially when it comes to action inside the Octagon. In addition to a solid chunk of cash being up for grabs, there are other factors to consider as well in terms of the need to avoid injury and the impact a performance might have when it comes to continued employment in the organization. When it comes to the latter, there are definitely more than a few fighters set for UFC Fight Night 29 who are in a precarious position where victory may very well be the only way to avoid release. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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