By Benjamin Bieker
Jared Hamman vs. Magnus Cedenblad
When a fighter takes three punches to land one he will not last long in a fight with someone who has good knockout power. That means that Hamman will suffer another loss in this fight by TKO to Cedenblad.
Ryan Couture vs. Al Iaquinta
Iaquinta is coming off over a year layoff, and he does not have the greatest ground game. Although Couture did lose his last fight he has at least been an active fighter who has great submissions. So, look for the son of a HOF to get his first win by submission in the Octagon this Saturday night.
Soa Palelei vs. Nikita Krylov
Palelei is a good fighter with great knockout power, but he is not a great fighter on the ground since usually when it hits the mat he is stopped. Krylov is young, hungry, and powerful. Look for him to take Palelei down and use his submission game to capture a win.
Chico Camus vs. Kyung Ho Kang
Camus may have the ability to not be submitted by Kang, but he does not have the ability to control the Asian fighter on the ground. Kang uses his ground control to capture a win over Camus and send him packing from the organization.
Pascal Krauss vs. Hyun Gyu Lim
Krauss is just a little bit more well rounded in this fight. He has the ability to stay out of submission and to avoid the power of Lim. Krauss wins by finding his spots and control on the way to a unanimous decision victory.
Louis Gaudinot vs. Tim Elliot
Gaudinot is going to be hurt by his time off, and he is going to have a lot of trouble from Elliot’s awkward fighting style. If John Dodson could not submit or finish Elliot than Gaudinot is not going to be able to either. It will be a close fight, but Elliot captures the decision.
Jaime Varner vs. Gleison Tibau
Varner should be able to dictate where this fight goes, but if he can’t keep it off the ground Tibau will win. As long as the fight stays standing this will be Varner’s night for another win in his comeback. Varner takes the fight by late third round TKO after Tibau tires.
Erik Koch vs. Dustin Poirier
Koch is a great fighter, but anytime that someone comes off a knockout loss it is hard to range how well they are going to do. Poirier just lost as well too, but it was a close decision to a top fighter not a knockout. That will translate to confidence in this bout as he takes a submission win over Koch.
Ben Rothwell vs. Brandon Vera
A fight between two fighters trying to stay relevant, but neither of them are going to do wonders in this fight. it is unknown how much the TRT will help Rothwell in this fight, but if Vera fights like he did against Mauricio Rua he should have no problem finishing Rothwell. Vera by TKO in the second round.
Chad Mendes vs. Clay Guida
Guida does not have better striking, wrestling, or submission skills than Mendes. The Team Alpha Male fighter is going to bully Guida until he connects with the power in his hands and turns the former lightweight’s lights out for a knockout victory in the first.
Frank Mir vs. Josh Barnett
This is Barnett’s fight to lose. He has faced world class strikers, grapplers, and wrestlers and beaten almost all of them. Mir, on the other hand, has trouble with most fighters that he cannot take to the ground. That is not to say that he cannot knockout Barnett, but that outcome is very unlikely. Barnett takes this one by third round TKO after mir tires.
Benson Henderson vs. Anthony Pettis
A lot of people point to that one kick to define how this whole fight will go. The problem is that they do not remember how close the first fight truly was. Since that time, both fighters have improved, but Henderson has put on consistent world class performances while Pettis has had flashes of brilliance mixed in with lackluster performances. It will be competitive, but going against the norm Henderson finishes this fight by submission to prove he is the better fighter.
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