By Benjamin Bieker
Hacran Dias vs. Nik Lentz
Lentz has abandoned his wrestling heavy style in favor for a more entertaining one. Luckily, he still has the style to fall back on which he will when he faces Dias just like he did to Diego Nunes. While Dias has won a ton of fights he has not fought someone with the wrestling ability of Lentz yet, and that is what will win Lentz this fight.
Francisco Trinaldo vs. Mike Rio
This is one of the harder fights to predict as Rio and Trinaldo are two of the more evenly matched fighters on the card. Rio will have to use his wrestling and grappling to stave of submissions and win rounds. That is what will happen until the third when Trinaldo tires and is stopped by ground and pound.
Gleison Tibau vs. John Cholish
Tibau is one of the UFC’s greatest utility fighters since he has the ability to see if a fighter belongs in the UFC or not. Unfortunately for Cholish he is not the top in the lightweight division. Tibau’s grappling experience will win this bout as he submits the purple belt Cholish in the second round.
Paulo Thiago vs. Michel Prazeres
This is Thiago’s last shot in the UFC, because with a loss he will be dropped from the promotion. The problem is that the 16-0 Prazeres looks to have an answer to whatever Thiago can throw at him. The spot Thiago will need to take control in is standing, and he will not be able to keep it there. Prazeres wins his debut in the Octagon.
Yuri Alcantara vs. Iliarde Santos
Alcantara looked to find a new weight class and career in his debut at bantamweight, but a bad call turned his win into a no contest. Now, he has a chance at redemption against Santos which this fight should be an entertaining bout since both are evenly matched. Alcantara should have the abilities to take the decision though.
Fabio Maldonado vs. Roger Hollett
This bout is Hollett’s to lose, because his vaunted striking skills should be enough to beat Maldonado. In four UFC fights he has been beaten by any striker wroth his punch. That is why Hollett takes a unanimous decision victory and sends Maldonado from the promotion.
John Lineker vs. Azamat Gashimov
Lineker has a unique style that frustrated Louis Gaudinot in his short notice debut. He rebounded nicely with a win over Yauhiro Urushitani. Look for him to use that style to pick apart Gashimov on the feet. This fight will be close, but Lineker should come away with a decision.
Jussier Formiga vs. Chris Cariaso
Formiga lost his shot to fight for the title by being knocked out by John Dodson while Cariaso lost his last fight to current number one contender John Moraga. With half of Cariaso’s losses coming by way of submission, and since Formiga has excellent submission skills he should have no problem earning a first round submission.
Lucas Martins vs. Jeremy Larsen
Martins was undefeated before his debut in the UFC, but anyone that fights Edson Barboza in their debut is going to have a rough go of things. Larsen on the other hand has fallen to fighters like Joe Proctor and Efrain Escudero who are not nearly on the level of Barboza. Look for Martins to keep this fight standing on his way to a second round TKO.
Prediction Record: 31-17
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