Brazilian UFC welterweight fighter Paulo Thiago believes that his days in the UFC could be numbered if he loses another fight. The Brazilian Jiu-jitsu black belt has lost two in a row, against Martin Kampmann and Diego Sanchez, and fears that an additional loss will earn him a pink slip from the UFC.
Speaking with Tatame.com (props to Fighters Only for the translation), Thiago expressed this fear and explained that he has not yet heard anything of his next opponent.
“I think if I lose I’m out,” said Thiago. “I have to train all that has to be trained, going back over [my performances] to see what is going wrong. I am just training hard and waiting for my next fight, they still have not told me anything about my next fight.”
“Now I am waiting to see who it is,” he added. “Now it’s kill or be killed, just one more chance.”
Thiago re-signed with the UFC for a four-fight deal this month, but the UFC reserves the right to terminate that contract should Thiago lose.
The UFC have always had an aggressive cutting policy, but have increased their roster-trimming since absorbing the WEC.