The UFC returns to Japan this Saturday for UFC On Fuel TV 8: Silva Vs Stann, and while you will have to watch these bouts stream on YouTube or Facebook, there are some fun match ups on the undercard worth checking out. Check out a quick breakdown and predictions of the entire preliminary card right here, and check back soon for our breakdown of the main card in the coming hours…
Marcelo Guimaraes vs. Hyun Gyu Lim
Lim, from Korean Top Team, is making his octagon debut on Saturday, and Guimaraes should be wary early in the fight. Lim is riding a five fight win streak, finishing all 5 of his opponents in the first round, and Guimaraes should expect Lim to give him the business end of his fists and knees early in the fight. Guimaraes won his debut by decision, but expect Lim to overwhelm Guimaraes early in the fight.
Hyun Gyu Lim Via Technical Knockout Round 1
Alex Caceres vs. Kyung Ho Kang
While Caceres’ style is known to throw off his opponents, mainly because he is a southpaw and throws from odd angles, he should not expect Kang to fall subject to that. Kang, whose last two wins came in the same night by second round submission, will not let Caceres set up and start getting comfortable. Kang will come forward, and make ‘Bruce LeRoy’ fight his fight while backing up.
Kyung Ho Kang via Decision
Cristiano Marcello vs. Kazuki Tokudome
Another Pride veteran in Marcello is coming home to roost at the Saitama Super Arena, and while MMA pundits and analysts babble about his superior grappling ability (which is well deserved,) Marcello has yet to apply it in the UFC. Tokudome is a Pancrase fighter who will be making his octagon debut, and he will have his hands full. I expect Tokudome to get the upper hand early in the fight, but it won’t last long as Marcello will lace up a submission in the middle of the fight.
Cristiano Marcello via Submission, Round 2
Bryan Caraway vs. Takeya Mizugaki
Caraway is currently undefeated in the UFC, and while his submission skills were good enough to get him wins over Mitch Gagnon and Dustin Neace, he should probably not focus only on trying to submit Mizugaki. To date, Mizugaki has only been submitted once in 25 fights, and that was after Urijah Faber landed some solid shots on him. I don’t think it will be pretty, but I see Mizugaki getting the decision win.
Takeya Mizugaki via Decision
Riki Fukuda vs. Brad Tavares
While Fukuda, former DEEP title holder, has done well to use his clinch and frustrate fighters, Tavares has been slowly building a solid resume in the UFC. Currently 4-1 in the promotion, Tavares has used his gritty style to rope people fighters into brawls, and make them fight his fight. I think this is what he does against Fukuka, and will wear him out until he gets the TKO win in the third round.
Brad Tavares via Technical Knockout, Round 3