By Benjamin Bieker
Tyrone Spong vs. Angel Deanda
Spong has professed that he would sign with the UFC and turn all other combat sports offers away. Whether that is true or not is seems like Spong is committed to MMA in general. He better be, because he is not facing a lightweight in Deanda. The problem is that Deanda does not use the ground game really, and facing Spong standing is a large hill to climb. So, until Spong faces someone that will take it to the ground he should not have that many problems. Spong takes this by knockout in the second round.
Gesias Cavalcante vs. Tyson Griffin
With the promotion contemplating a lightweight tournament for the belt all the lightweight fights have become a lot more important. Both of these fighters have had rough stretches as of late with Griffin going 2-4 and Cavalcante going 3-6. If Griffin comes in prepared he will take this fight to the ground and use ground and pound to stop Cavalcante, but Griffin’s lack of commitment has made him sluggish in the past. Regardless Cavalcante has taken a lot more damage over his career and will lose another decision to a younger fighter in Griffin.
Ray Sefo vs. Dave Huckaba
Sefo is taking this fight on short notice which is not a smart thing to do for any fighter that has not entered the cage in years. Huckaba is a legit heavyweight at 6’2” and 255 where Sefo usually tips the scales looking soft around 265 despite only being six foot tall. It is a bit arrogant for Sefo to do this and he will pay for it with Huckaba coaxing a finish due to ground and pound in the third round.
Jorge Santiago vs. Gerald Harris
Two former UFC fighters look for stardom outside the Octagon, because it is unlikely either of them will see the world’s largest fight promotion again. Santiago’s biggest problem comes from fighters that can hold them on the ground and not get submitted. Harris is the blueprint for that, and he just has to stick to the plan to win. So, look for Harris to blanket his way to a win by decision.
Marlon Moraes vs. Brandon Hempleman
Moraes has been making a name for himself in his last three fights. Hempleman is no push-over though, but he is not a finisher. Moraes can finish this fight on the feet easily, and that is something that Hempleman will have to avoid. While Moraes has been impressive, but that will not stop Hempleman from tiring moraes out for a third round submission victory.
Nick Newell vs. Keon Caldwell
Caldwell is upset by Newell being talked about for the lightweight tournament, and not having his name brought up at all. It will take Newell a lot to win this fight since he will have to get it to the ground. Caldwell is a knockout artist with eight of his nine wins coming by knockout, and being 6’1” at lightweight will bring a big advantage standing. That will be Caldwell’s key to victory as he earns a knockout in the first round.
Antonio McKee vs. Lewis Gonzales
Gonzales is a tough fighter, but he has not faced someone with the pressure of McKee who wins a lot of his fights by holding on and waiting. Nothing will change in this fight as you either have to out grapple McKee or punch him out. Another boring decision will be wrapped up by McKee in this bout.
Hans Stringer vs. Lew Polley
Polley is a tough fighter, but he does not do to well when the fight does not hit the ground. If Stringer can dictate where this fight goes, he will be able to pull of the victory. Polley needs to get it to the ground to win, but it is questionable if he can get it there. Look for a back and forth fight, but for Stringer’s cardio to help him to a third round TKO.
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