UFC on Fuel TV: Gustafsson vs. Silva
The MMA weekend continues. Bellator 65 delivered, as did XFC 17 and TUF Live was mildly entertaining. I’m liking TUF Brazil more than TUF Live at this point. Something about the intensity of the fighters. In a few hours, UFC Sweden will start, filled with lots of fights I want to see. 4 fights on the Prelims have me excited and all of the main card fights got me. I’m expecting a card full of finishes. I may have just jinxed the whole damn card now. Sorry for that. It’s gotta be good is all I’m saying.
As usual, my predictions are in Green, Ranters, leave your predictions in the comments section.
Preliminary card (Facebook)
- Featherweight bout: Jason Young vs. Eric Wisely
Wisely by decision.
- Welterweight bout: Simeon Thoresen vs. Besam Yousef
Simeon Thoresen by submission.
- Lightweight bout: Reza Madadi vs. Yoislandy Izquierdo
Yoislandy Izquierdo by TKO/KO
- Middleweight bout: Francis Carmont vs. Magnus Cedenblad
Magnus Cedenblad (when in Sweden alway pick a Magnus to win) by decision.
- Light Heavyweight bout: Cyrille Diabate vs. Tom DeBlass
Tom DeBlass by TKO/KO
- Welterweight bout: Papy Abedi vs. James Head
Papy Abedi by decision.
- Bantamweight bout: Brad Pickett vs. Damacio Page
This was a hard one to pick. Brad Pickett is more experienced, Damacio Page has KO power and they are pretty evenly matched. Pickett has some bigger wins in his history making me lean his way. Brad Pickett by decision.
- Welterweight bout: DaMarques Johnson vs. John Maguire
John Maguire has a big win streak going, problem is it’s over fighters I’m not familiar with. DaMarques Johnson is a UFC vet coming off a big KO victory. Despite my brain saying Johnson has the edge due to his UFC experience, my gut says that an 8 fight win streak isn’t something to laugh at. I’m going with Maguire by decision.
- Featherweight bout: Dennis Siver vs. Diego Nunes
This is one fight I’m really unsure of. Both fighters are solid, both have a lot of decision victories and both fighters have it in them to dominate the other. I’m gonna go with Diego Nunes this time.
- Welterweight bout: Paulo Thiago vs. Siyar Bahadurzada
I’m a Paulo Thiago fan, mostly because he KO’d Koscheck. He’s a solid fighter with good stand up, nice Judo and excellent Jiu Jitsu. Siyar Bahadurzada is, well, The Killer. 5 of his last 6 victories have come by TKO/KO. Sure, he can be wild with his punches, and Thiago is more technical, but I think he’s gonna catch Thiago and end it by TKO/KO. Siyar Bahadurzada by TKO/KO.
- Middleweight bout: Brian Stann vs. Alessio Sakara
This fight is gonna be tough for Sakara, Brian Stann I expect to do to him what Chael Sonnen did to Stann. Take him down and grind out a win. Sure, both fighters have 1 punch KO power, but I don’t expect Stann to stand and trade, he’s looking to bounce back and get into the title hunt again. Sakara is coming off a long layoff and will look to finish quick, leaving himself open to the takedown. Brian Stann by decision.
- Light Heavyweight bout: Alexander Gustafsson vs. Thiago Silva
Thiago Silva cuts a ton, and I mean an actual Ton of weight to make 205, Gustafsson is a phenom with a 13-1 record 12 wins by TKO/KO or submission. Silva is coming off a long layoff, due to a failed drug test which he took to cover a back injury. Silva has been plagued by injury the past few years, plus the 1 year suspension, I expect him to come out looking for a quick finish, only to gas out and get TKO/KO’d in the 2nd round by the better prepared and more well rounded Gustafsson. Gustafsson by TKO/KO.