The UFC is the undisputed leader in mixed martial arts. It is the organisation that budding fighters aim to make their way into and where the attention of the majority of the sport's fanbase is concentrated.
So, once a fighter has received a call from the UFC matchmakers and made their way into the promotion, one might assume they have a secure job. Although, just because a fighter has established their place in the UFC, they aren't necessarily safe from Dana White's regular talent culls.
Anyone looking to see just how unpredictable a career in MMA's premier organisation can be should look no further than Johny Hendricks. Hendricks was on top of the world in 2014, winning the UFC Welterweight Championship, and was tipped by many to embark on a lengthy run with the belt. However, six losses in his next eight fights saw Hendricks unceremoniously released from the promotion less than four years after his greatest triumph.
Few jobs are as financially unstable as that of a professional fighter. Couple that with the occupational hazard of suffering repeated brain trauma in the pursuit of glory, and there have been some truly depressing ends to UFC tenures over the years.