If Santos was in any division other than flyweight he would probably be a lock for release. After all, his loss to Cariaso was his third straight with one of the others also involving a strike-based stoppage. However, the UFC needs 125ers. Throw in the fact one of Santos’ stumbles came against a bantamweight and he’ll probably get one more shot in the Octagon. The vast majority of his fellow UFC flyweights are already booked for action in the coming months, so Santos’ only realistic option at this point is Darren Uyenoyama. Beyond Uyenoyama, he’ll need to take a little extra time to recover in order to land a different match-up or else welcome a newcomer to the company.
Every dark cloud has a silver lining, or at least that’s what the list of losers attached to UFC Fight Night 29 would like to believe. While there are a few competitors at risk of being released after coming up short in the cage, it is likely Rousimar Palhares will be the only fighter axed after the event and the only thing he lost involved onlookers’ respect. That being said, what does the future hold for some of the evening’s less-successful stars? (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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