Mark Munoz vs Chris Weidman
A really solid main event that features two middleweight contenders in the division. The implications are high in this fight as the winner could be catapulted to a title shot although I think that’s more likely in the scenario that Munoz wins. Anyways, this bout will feature two standout wrestlers, who have made that known in their recent fights. Munoz likes to use his wrestling to get his opponent to the ground where he can use his heavy hands to ground and pound his opponents. Weidman is similar but looks for the submission, where he is often successful. It helps a lot too when Matt Serra is your teacher. Anyways, i’m sure this fight will go just about everywhere, and I like how both fighters can possible cancel each other out in different aspects BUT I think Weidman is far more superior when it comes to the submission game. I think Weidman at some point will get Munoz too tap or go to sleep.
James Te-Huna vs Joey Beltran
Two Sluggers, that will be looking to hit home runs, two days shy of the home run derby. I don’t see how this one goes the full distance, as Te-Huna looks to continue his destruction in the Light Heavyweight division, and Joey Beltran makes his UFC return gunning for a longer tenure this time around at a new weight. Two heavy handed guys, with probably Beltran having the better chin of the two BUT I like Te-Huna’s combinations all too much to overwhelm Beltran. Te-Huna will get the ref to stop this one!
Aaron Simpson vs Kenny Robertson
Simpson will make his welterweight debut as he takes on Robertson who is making his second UFC stint. Simpson looked drained at the weigh ins but he’s a grinder, veteran, and will find a way to win a decision. Sorry Robertson, but Simpson takes this by decision
Karlos Vemola vs Francis Carmont
A very solid middleweight bout that features possibly two of the more unknown up and comers in the middleweight division. Carmont though is perhaps the more known of the two due to training at Tristar gym with George St. Pierre will look to build off 2-0 record in the UFC. Vemola who recently went down to middleweight, looked like a brand new fighter in the UFC, and will look to go 2-0 at middleweight. Both guy’s are very similar in that they both can wrestle, strike, and even grapple. It’s a tough one to call, and many people might pick Carmont based on where he trains but I’m going with the Terminator in Vemola who impressed me in his middleweight debut to win by TKO.
TJ Dillishaw vs Vaughan Lee
Dillishaw, a wrestler, will look to build off his first UFC victory as he takes on the grappler Vaughan Lee who is coming off an upset victory and perhaps his biggest win over “Kid” Yamamoto. Dillishaw uses his wrestling often, as he looks to smother his opponents down with some ground and pound thrown in. Lee will stand and bang but also is comfortable if the fight hits the mat, even if he is on his back as he features a pretty good submission game. Lee has had a career resurgence lately, and I think he will continue the success and eventually submit the hyped Dillishaw.
Rafael Dos Anjos vs Anthony Njokuani
The start of the main card will feature the submission specialist Rafael Dos Anjos against the talented striker Anthony Njokuani. Dos Anjos has emerged suddenly as pretty good striker with some real knockout pop in his last few fights. Njokuani is mainly striker, and will be looking to string together a two fight win streak in the UFC, as he has traded wins an loses recently. With Dos Anjos confident in his striking, I think we will be in for an early treat to start of the card. I think Dos Anjos has the upper hand in this fight though, as if it hits the ground, Njokuani will not be able to fend off the submission attempts from the black belt. Dos Anjos via submission.