An exciting main event that will feature a fast pace, and will have high implications riding on it. Maynard recently ended the trilogy with Frankie Edgar, succumbing to defeat for the first time in his career. Maynard, has since made the switch to AKA, and will look to show his new and improved mma game. Maynard features a strong wrestling background that carries over to a strong top game. Maynard also has good cardio, and a pretty legit striking game that features a devastating uppercut. As for Guida, he was most recently defeated to the now UFC Lightweight champion Ben Henderson, in what was an exciting fight. Any fight with Guida is an exciting one has he features a relentless and non stop pace, which attributes to having great cardio. Although Guida is not special in one area, he is pretty well rounded, and usually his non stop pace overcomes his opponents. I expect this one to go the full 5 rounds, in what will be a very exciting fight. I think Gray is better in every aspect than Guida except cardio, although Gray knows what going 5 rounds is like recently. Gray takes this via unanimous decision.
Spencer Fisher vs Sam Stout
This is one of the trilogies that not many MMA fans really know about, but feature two very exciting fighters. Both have a win a piece, but Fisher believes he won both which understandable due to Stout win coming via split decision in a controversial decision. Anyways, the last fight between these two was back in 07…5 years ago. Fisher used to be so explosive, and quick but recently has slowed down and in result faded in fights. Fisher is 1-4 in his last 5, which means that his back is against the wall in this fight. As for Stout, he may be at the peak of his career. He has won his last 4 out of 6 fights, which includes 3 fight of the nights, and one knockout of the night. Although coming off a loss, Stout has looked really good recently, and I think he is going to take this trilogy. I got Stout via unanimous decision.
Brian Ebersole vs TJ Waldburger
Right out of the gate I like Ebersole in this one. Not taking anything away from Waldburger who not only has a cool name but one of the better submission games in the business. BUT, Ebersole has so much experience (65 Fights), never has been knocked out, and has an all round solid mma game. While he’s not intimidating with an arrow on his chest, he certainly knows just how to down right beat you. Watch out for some cartwheel kicks, and other things he bring out in arsenal, I think Waldburger is going to eventually succumb to defeat though via ground and pound. Ebersole takes this early via TKO.
Ross Pearson vs Cub Swanson
A really solid featherweight bout, but I am questioning why this one is more important than the number two featherweight in the world’s fight, Hatsu Hioki? Anyways, I think we are in for a treat here if Swanson will oblige and strike with technical striker Pearson. But, I don’t see that happening the entire bout. I envision that Swanson will use his wrestling to steal some rounds, and grind out a victory over Ross Pearson.