UFC on Fuel TV: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier Full Fight Card and Predictions
Tonights card looks good, stacked with all the lighter weight fighters which I generally enjoy more, I’m most excited to see Francisco Rivera and Alex Soto. I’m not quite positive if either The Korean Zombie or Dustin Poirier is ready for Jose Aldo, but in fairness, who really is. 12 fights for free, it’s gonna be a good day.
Bantamweight Alex Soto vs Francisco Rivera
Soto was last seen in November facing Michael McDonald, Rivera was last seen in the UFC in June of 2011. He then had two KO victories in Tachi Palace Fights (the UFC’s lighter weight training grounds in my opinion) before being called up as a last minute replacement. Rivera was scheduled to fight for the TPF belt before he got the UFC call. Rivera has heavy hands, I believe heavier than Soto’s. Soto has better BJJ and a longer layoff, I’m going with Rivera by TKO/KO.
Bantamweight Jeff Curran vs Johnny Eduardo
Jeff Curran is a great coach, was at one time at the top of the division and still has the tools to be competitive, but he’s suffered from a lack of consistency in the last few years. Eduardo has been much more consistent, going 11-1 in his last 12. Both are well rounded and dangerous on teh ground or standing, I hat to pick agains Jeff Curran cause I’m a Big Frog fan, so I won’t. If you are betting , go with Johnny Eduardo, I’m gonna go with my fan brain. Jeff Curran by Decison.
Lightweight Rafael dos Anjos v s Kamal Shalorus
Rafael do Anjos hasn’t been consistent at the higher levels of the division, Kamal is riding back to back losses. Both fighters are looking for a big win tonight, I’m gonna go with Kamal, I think he has made the necessary adjustments to compete at this level. It’s a coin toss really, as Rafael has all of the tools to take this one. Kamal Shalorus by TKO/KO.
Lightweight TJ Grant vs Carlo Prater
Middleweight Brad Tavares vs Dongi Yang
Lightweight Cody McKenzie vs Marcus LeVesseur
Cody McKenzie has been labelled a ‘One Trick Pony’ by many in the MMA Media, and I use that term loosely. He has an incredible Guillotine choke, aptly named the McKenzintin and heart for days. Marcus LeVesseur is a newcomer to the Octagon™, he has solid standup with KO power and a strong submission game. Expect this one to stay standing until someone puts harder leather on the other, then it’s gonna be a ground match, I expect it to be exciting. McKenzie was handed his first 2 losses in his career back to back, I feel he’s made changes and worked on his holes, plus his UFC experience will give him and edge over Marcus’s first UFC fight jitters. I’m going with Cody McKenzie by TKO/KO. (bet you didn’t see that one coming)
Middleweight Jason MacDonald vs Tom Lawlor
MacDonald is the veteran with more experience, Lawlor has been inconsistent, losing 3 of his last 4. Once again, it’s fairly even in the standup and on the ground, the edge goes to Lawlor for his wrestling. This fight is gonna be a back and forth, ultimately going to decision. Now that I’ve said that it will end in KO 3 seconds in! I’m gonna go with Lawlor, he’s younger and needs a win bad, plus his wrestling will play a key factor I believe. Tom Lawlor by Decision.
Light Heavyweight Igor Pokrajac vs Fabio Maldonado
Igor is a heavy handed fighter who loves to stay in the pocket and bang. Fabio Maldonado is another striking expert with a professional Boxing record of 22-0 with 21 KO’s. He’s 22-4 in MMA with several TKO/KO victories. Igor is 24-8 with a mix if TKO/KO and sub victories. Maldonado trains with the Noguiera brothers so you know his ground game is good. Once again, this one stays standing till someone puts the harder punches on the other, then it goes to the ground. Still, I’m gonna say Fabio Maldonado by TKO/KO.
Bantamweight Yves Jabouin vs Jeff Hougland
Yves Jabouin has won his last two by split decision, Jeff has won his last 9. With only 2 by decision. I’m going with Jeff Hougland by Submission.
Lightweight Donald Cerrone vs Jeremy Stephens
Donald Cerrone puts on wars. he got pulled into a war with Nate Diaz that saw him take the worst beating of his career. Jeremy Stephens is coming off a split decision loss to Anthony Pettis, both fighters are looking for a win to get back on the title hunt. Stephens has more power than Cerrone, but Cerrone is more well rounded wtih technical striking and a better ground game. If he can avoid the power shots long enough to impose his will, the fights his. Donald Cerrone by TKO/KO or submission.
Welterweight Amir Sadollah vs Jorge Lopez
Amir Sadollah is more well rounded, but Lopez has more experience. It’s a tough call for me, I’m gonna take the favorite and pick Amir Sadollah by Decision.
Featherweight Chan Sung Jung vs Dustin Poirier
The Korean Zombie burst on the scene with his amazing fight with Leonard Garcia then cemented his status with a Submission (Twister!) win over Leonard in their 2nd outing. He then took out Mark Hominick by KO and is now in title contention if he wins this fight with Dustin Poirier. Dustin is riding a 5 fight win streak with his only loss back in the WEC in 2010 to Danny Castillo, a decision loss. As far as match ups go, this is a solid one. Chan Sung Jung is great on his feet, especially now that he has shored up his defense, and has slick submissions. Dustin is equally dangerous both standing and on the ground. This fight depends on who focuses on their opponent and not what might be if they win. I’m gonna take Chan Sung Jung by TKO/KO.
Rumble young man Rumble