I have to disagree as far as whether or not they will come out ahead or not. First the winners of the show come out 200 grand ahead.
Matt Serra - if he wins the show he will get dismantled in the title match. But, I think after the match he will drop down to LW. LW is a very exciting weight class but right now it is dominated by one-dimensional fighters (which I agree Serra is) and he could easily come back into a title contention spot. If he loses I think he got all the publicity he needs for his gym and he may not come out as negatively as you put it.
Chris Lytle - If he wins he will also get beat handily by whoever has the title. I see a couple of low level fights, depending on how those go he may or may not be in the UFC anymore. If he loses the finals I see him becoming a stepping stone fighter and eventually being put out of the UFC. I think it will really depend on how good of a match he puts up against the champ.
Travis Lutter - pretty much the same as Lytle. Although I don't see him putting up much of a fight with Silva.
Patrick Cote - He's young, even if he gets put out of the UFC he has time to train and better himself and come back stronger.
Yeah, something like that.
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