UFC 157: Rousey Vs Carmouche takes place tomorrow night at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, and while the main card is exciting, the undercard isn’t so bad either. Check out our picks for the prelims for UFC 157, and check back tomorrow for our main card predicitions.
Nah-Shon Burrell vs. Yuri Villefort
The two Strikeforce imports will likely scrap to see who gets to stay in the UFC. Both are coming off of losses after sizeable unbeaten streaks. In fact, Villefort is coming back from his first loss of his career, and those two things should make him very hungry in this fight. After some exchanges, I see Villefort hurting Burrell and scrambling for a submission.
Villefort via submission in round 2
Jon Manley Vs Neil Magny
These two The Ultimate Fighter Season 16 fighters are making their octagon debut, and they are both walking into the octagon with 7-1 records. Their respective games are pretty much par making this a slightly difficult fight to pick with the little amount of tape. However, I happen to be cageside at Magny’s last pro fight in Valporaiso, Indiana, and I got to watch him fight for 15 minutes. While he clearly won the fight, I would be more worried that he didn’t finish the fight if the guy who he was fighting wasn’t as tough as he was. Octagon jitters will play a part in this one for both fighters, and I think Magny takes this one by a close decision. Don’t expect fireworks in this fight, but get excited if you get some, Magny is capable of delivering and I saw it first hand.
Neil Magny via decision.
Brock Jardine vs. Kenny Robertson
This is one of those grappling matches that might end up in a stalemate when it comes to takedowns. So it will likely either be an all stand up fight, or take place on the fence in the clinch. In either of those cases I see Robertson winning this fight by a decision. This bout is a lot closer than people think it is, and it should be treated as a 50/50 fight.
Robertson via decision
Sam Stout Vs Caros Fodor
Stout has had a hard time putting together three wins in a row in the octagon, and thats exactly what you need to do in the lightweight division to earn yourself top five opponents. Fodor was riding a five fight win streak until he ran into Pat Healy at the final Strikeforce show. If Fodor can keep his nerves in check for the fight, he should be able to decision the always durable Stout.
Fodor via decision.
Dennis Bermudez vs. Matt Grice
I happen to be in the minority on the idea that both of these guys have a comparable wrestling game. I would mark them at about even, but only know will we likely find out where they stack up against each other. The person with the superior wrestling should win this one, but I still think they will stalemate in those positions. With that said, I give the striking advantage to Bermudez, and I expect him to land something big at the end of the a close fight.
Bermudez via tko in round 3
Michael Chiesa vs. Anton Kuivanen
After he showed the heart he did in his last fight against Al Iaquinta, Chiesa is one of those guys we should pay attention to. He has the basic ingredients to be a good fighter, but ‘can he evolve in the lightweight division?’ will be the question. Kuivanen will likely angle to use his striking in the fight to keep Chiesa on the outside. While Kuivanen has an exceptional ground game, it may not be on par with Chiesa’s.
Chiesa via decision.
Brendan Schaub vs. Lavar Johnson
Johnson really likes to come forward and punch people in the face, and he is really good at it. His losses stem from this motivation as well. While it can fun to watch, he has made some questionable decisions that have cost him fights in the past. At the very least, Schaub as suspect chin. His last two fights have ended with him being knocked clean out, and although he has a better ground game than Johnson, I see this fight ending the same way.
Johnson by knockout in round 2