The Korean Zombie vs Dustin Piorier
AND, the main event of the evening which has the looks to be a solid one. The Korean Zombie has picked up steam by winning 2 fights in a row, and both by impressive fashion. Known for a solid chin, and always coming forward…it appears Dustin will need to not be discouraged if he can’t potentially knock him out. Dustin is regarded as the 3rd or 4th best featherweight, so a potential title shot is on the line for him in this fight. Wherever this fight goes, both fighters are very well adapted, which is why this is so intriguing. I’m going with the Korean Zombie here though, to put away Dustin in round 3 as I see a very good counter attack game coming from Jung.
Donald Cerrone vs Jeremy Stephens
The Fights keep on getting better, as two gritty veterans will lock on horns in what looks like a lock in a potential fight of the night. Both guys display a well rounded MMA game, and can certainly strike with the best. Cerrone would much rather get this one to the ground though where he can implement his dangerous submission game (13 of his 17 wins are via submission). Meanwhile Stephens would probably like to keep it standing, but could use his wrestling to get some ground and pound in their. This fight technically should be the co-main event but a hometown boy will covet that slot. Anyways, I like Cerrone to take this one by decision in a brawl.
Fabio Maldonado vs Igor Pokrajac
Another fun fight, that could also lead to someones lights being turned off or into a 3 round war. Maldonado is an exciting fighter, with technical and powerful striking. I’ve never seen someone go after the body via striking like he does. Meanwhile Pokrajac is starting to build up some momentum after beating his last 2 opponents via TKO/KO. This should be a solid fight, an it will be interesting to see if Pokrajac implements some wrestling in this one. But regardless, I’m going with Maldonado and his technical striking to knockout Pokrajac in the second round.
Brad Tavares vs Dongi Yang
An early candidate for a slugfest here, as both men are by nature are strikers. Brad Tavares carries a record of 7-1 (4 KO’s), with the only defeat coming from Aaron Simpson who smothered him the entire fight. Dongi Yang carries a record of 10-2 (9 KO’s), and has struggled in his UFC tenure. I expect this one to stay on the feet, and either someone is going to sleep or we are in for an early candidate for fight of the night. Both fighters can bring it, and have dangerous power. I’m going with Yang though to eek out a close decision.