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: England Jason Young vs. United States Eric Wisely
    Wisely by decision.
  • Welterweight bout: Norway Simeon Thoresen vs. Sweden Besam Yousef
    Simeon Thoresen by submission.
  • Lightweight bout: Sweden Reza Madadi vs. Cuba Yoislandy Izquierdo
    Yoislandy Izquierdo by TKO/KO 
  • Middleweight bout: France Francis Carmont vs. Sweden Magnus Cedenblad
    Magnus Cedenblad (when in Sweden alway pick a Magnus to win) by decision.
  • Light Heavyweight bout: France Cyrille Diabate vs. United States Tom DeBlass
    Tom DeBlass by TKO/KO
  • Welterweight bout: Sweden Papy Abedi vs. United States James Head
    Papy Abedi by decision.

Main card

  • Bantamweight bout: England Brad Pickett vs. United States 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: United States DaMarques Johnson vs. England 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: Germany Dennis Siver vs. Brazil 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: Brazil Paulo Thiago vs. Afghanistan 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: United States Brian Stann vs. Italy 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: Sweden Alexander Gustafsson vs. Brazil 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.