UFC on Fuel 1: Sanchez vs. Ellenberger full fight card and predictions
UFC on Fuel is going down in just a few hours. Below are a few videos from Jake Ellenberger and Sean Loeffler. As always my predictions are in green. Post your predictions in the comment section. Enjoy.
Main card (Fuel TV)
- Welterweight bout: Diego Sanchez vs. Jake Ellenberger
Diego Sanchez is always ready for a war, he’s calling out Nick Diaz currently and hoping to fight Carlos Condit if he gets past Ellenberger. I don’t think Diego has what it takes to beat either Nick or Condit, he might have enough to get past Ellenberger. Ellenberger on the other hand is progressing at an alarming rate, his stand up is becoming scary. Based on his past performances and his current coaches (Kings and Reign) I’m gonna go with Ellenberger by decision. I hope he pulls out he T/KO and moves into title contention.
- Heavyweight bout: Stefan Struve vs. Dave Herman
Stefan Struve is possibly the future of the HW division, Herman is a mainstay in the division. Both are scrappers, Struve is more technical, but Herman has the superior BJJ. Struve’s reach is gonna be the deciding factor I think, I’m going with Struve by T/KO.
- Middleweight bout: Aaron Simpson vs. Ronny Markes
Aaron Simpson is a solid UFC fighter, Ronny Markes is also solid. Simpson has wrestling and stand up, Markes has BJJ and stand up, it’s a hard call because they are very evenly matched. I’m gonna go with the smart play, pick the Brazilian. Ronny Markes by decision.
- Heavyweight bout: Stipe Miocic vs. Philip De Fries
Stipe and Philip De Fries are also a great match up, once again they are close to even. Earlier I picked Stipe, but I forgot about De Fries last fight, it was a tough one that he one. I’m gonna stick with Stipe by decision.
- Bantamweight bout: T.J. Dillashaw vs. Walel Watson
T.J. Dillashaw is a superb wrestler, but he seems to cave under the pressure. Walel Watson is a solid fighter coming off a decision loss to Yves Jabouin, which was close. T.J.’s wrestling is gonna be a major factor, but so is the pressure of the Octagon™. I’m gonna go with Walel, he needs a good showing and may feel like he was hand picked to help T.J.’s climb up the mountain. Walel by decision.
- Bantamweight bout: Ivan Menjivar vs. John Albert
John Albert was a standout on TUF, Ivan is a veteran. This fight could really come down to experience. Ivan has more, but Albert is a fighter. I’m gonna go with Albert by T/KO.
Preliminary card (Facebook)
- Featherweight bout: Jonathan Brookins vs. Vagner Rocha
Vagner Rocha, always pick the Brazilian.
- Middleweight bout: Buddy Roberts vs. Sean Loeffler
Sean Loeffler, the guys a beast with tons to prove.
- Lightweight bout: Anton Kuivanen vs. Justin Salas
Justin Salas, going with the American here.
- Lightweight bout: Tim Means vs. Bernardo Magalhaes
Tim Means is another beat to keep your eye on. Had to go with him over the Brazilian.
Rumble young man Rumble