By Benjamin Bieker
Yves Jabouin vs. Dustin Pague
Jabouin slipped up in his fight against Brad Pickett, but every lower level fighter he has fought he has beaten. Pague has only gone 1-3 in the UFC, and do not expect his luck to turn around here. With the Tristar camp behind him, Jabouin will be able to keep this fight on the feet and earn himself a unanimous decision.
Mitch Clarke vs. John Maguire
Maguire originally talked about a move to middleweight after his two losses to John Hathaway and Matt Riddle, but he made the smarter move and moved down to lightweight. In his debut, he takes on Mitch Clarke who is winless so far in his UFC career. This will turn into a grappling bout, and as long as Maguire does not get gassed, from the weight cut, he will win by decision.
Roland Delorme vs. Edwin Figueroa
These fighters both have knockout losses to Francisco Rivera in their last fights, even though Delorme’s loss was overturned. It seems that Figueroa has the better stand up considering he has a TKO win over Johnny Bedford, and he will put those striking skills to use against Delorme. Figueroa will win this by TKO in the second after a back and forth fight in the first.
Sean Pierson vs. Kenny Robertson
Pierson does well when he can turn his fights into a brawl, but the problem is when he faces fighters who do not fall into that trap. Ellenberger and Kim Dong Hyun stuck to their game plan and that is why they beat Pierson. Robertson, on the other hand, only seems to lose when he faces off with a better wrestler as seen in his losses to Aaron Simpson and Mike Pierce. Whether Robertson sticks to his game plan will determine who wins this fight, but even still Robertson has the more active striking and will win by TKO in the third.
Sam Stout vs. James Krause
Even though Stout has always been talked about because of his vaunted striking the majority of his losses have come by people out striking him. Krause’s losses have come to what would seem to be intimidation in fighting a big name in the MMA world, but he seems to have corrected that problem by avenging a loss to Toby Imada in his last fight. Stout is a decent name, but Krause has the ability to win when the fight hits the ground. So, look for Krause to give Stout his third submission loss of his career in this fight.
Jake Shields vs. Tyron Woodley
Shields seems to be a big contradiction, because even though he moved back up to middleweight to put on size and be a better fighter, he is now moving back down to welterweight. Woodley was spurred by the first loss of his career, because he had his most impressive win to date when he knocked out Jay Hieron earlier this year. Woodley is also coming into this fight with a chip on his shoulder and is looking for his spot in the top ten which he thinks a win over Shields will produce. As long as he puts that aggression to good use in the cage, look for Woodley to make an impact with another first round TKO.
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