UFC on FX 1: Friday Fireworks!

Jim Miller vs. Melvin Guillard promises to be one of the more explosive matches of the year (and yes, I’m including the recent Brazil PPV) as both men are coming off of the kind of loss that makes you question your ferocity.

In Miller’s case, being taken apart by Ben Henderson should make him want to come out firing and looking to regain the kind of “beast” momentum he had going into the bout with Henderson.

For Guillard, having been too aggressive and getting caught by Joe Lauzon has, according to interviews he’s given, taught him to be more careful about his stand-up.

All of which should lead to Miller coming out swinging and ending the fight quickly. However, I doubt Guillard’s stated cautiousness lasts too long once he gets into The Octagon™. He’s too dynamic a striker, and Miller’s the perfect opponent to let him unleash. Sure, Miller’s got strong wrestling, but don’t sleep on Guillard’s ground game. Anyone can get caught, and Lauzon’s no slouch so I don’t expect Miller to be too dominant if the fight goes there.

If you think that this card is too top-heavy, think again: Pat Barry vs. Christian Morecraft promises to be a very entertaining heavyweight slugfest. Barry’s a hell of a kickboxer and Morecraft has power and both men are looking to put on a show! Right now it appears that Barry vs. Morecraft will be opening the show on FX, so make sure to get in front of a screen quickly: there’s a decent chance this one doesn’t get out of the first round!

I know I jumped from the main event to the opening bout, but I’m not forgetting the two in between: the newly vindicated UFC Ninja Duane “Bang” Ludwig takes on Josh Neer in a fight that should rival any on the card. In spite of his recent recognition for fastest knockout by the UFC, don’t look for Ludwig to try to beat his previous time. Neer is a saavy opponent and this one should be a good match that might just go to decision. But if one good shot lands from Ludwig…

Rounding out the main card we have Mike Easton vs. Jared Papazian. Don’t let the fact that Papazian’s making his UFC debut fool you: The former King of the Cage Champion can bring it! Mike Easton will have his hands full, I don’t care what they say about “UFC Jitters.”

The Prelims will be broadcast on Fuel TV, which Dana White noted is in HD on DirecTV. There are some strong match-ups among them:

Jorge Rivera vs. Eric Schafer
Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Kamal Shalorus
Charlie Brenneman vs. Daniel Roberts
Fabricio Camoes vs. Tommy Hayden
Daniel Pineda vs. Pat Schilling
Nick Denis vs. Joseph Sandoval

Don’t forget that the fights are tomorrow and not on Saturday because this fight card is truly “must-see TV!”