This Saturday on Fox Sports 1, the UFC will be in Bangor, Maine for Fight Night 47, which will see a light heavyweight bout between Ryan Bader and Ovince Saint Preux take place.
Here I’m going to give my predictions for the main card, so let’s get it started.
Thiago Tavares vs. Robbie Peralta (155 lbs)
Lightweight’s get our main card started when we see Thiago Tavares take on Robbie Peralta. Tavares is coming off a submission victory against Justin Salas, and will more than likely be looking for a similar victory in this fight, as 12 of his 18 MMA victories have come by way of submission. The opposite can be said for his opponent. 13 of Robbie Peralta’s 18 MMA victories have come by way of KO/TKO. So it’s more of who can keep the fight where they want it. If Tavares can get Peralta to the ground, and keep it there, Peralta will surely fall. But if Peralta can keep the fight on the feet, he’ll more than likely get the KO?TKO victory.
Prediction: Robbie Peralta by TKO in the 2nd round.
Shawn Jordan vs. Jack May (265 lbs)
The big boys are next with Shawn Jordan taking on Jack May. Jordan is coming off his second consecutive KO loss, and is going to badly need a win here. He most definitely has power in his hands, but might just have glass for a chin. May on the other hand is making his second appearance inside the octagon after being KO’d in his first fight against Derrick Lewis, who could quite possibly be the scariest human being on the face of the earth right now. May was undefeated in his MMA career with 6 of his 7 wins coming by KO/TKO before that loss. This fight is certain have fireworks, with one man’s hand being raise, and the other being flat on his back.
Prediction: Jack May by KO in the 1st round.
Seth Baczynski vs. Alan Jouban (170 lbs)
Welterweight’s are at it next with Seth Baczynski taking on Alan Jouban. Baczynski is looking for a bounce back win after suffering a loss in his last fight, while Jouban is making his UFC debut. Jouban shows power in his hands with 6 of his 9 victories by way of KO/TKO, but he could have those first time jitters when he steps in the octagon Saturday.
Prediction: Baczynski by Unanimous Decision.
Brad Tavares vs. Tim Boetsch (185 lbs)
It’s the middleweight’s turn now, with Brad Tavares taking on Tim Boetsch. Both men, like others on this card, are coming off of losses. Tavares was on a solid 5-fight win streak before his loss, and will be wanting to try to put together another win streak to hopefully bring himself up the ranks of a crowded middleweight division. Boetsch on the other hand is one of the most resilient fighters the UFC has to offer. The guy just doesn’t give up, so this will be a real tough test for a guy like Tavares.
Prediction: Tavares by Unanimous Decision.
Ross Pearson vs. Gray Maynard (155 lbs)
Our co-main event of the evening is a lightweight bout between Ross Pearson and Gray Maynard. Pearson is coming off the most controversial loss of his career to Diego Sanchez. Pearson undoubtedly won that fight, but because the judges apparently weren’t watching the same fight, they gave it to Sanchez. Pearson is one of the best talents in the lightweight division, and will be wanting to make sure this fight doesn’t go to the judges again. Maynard is on a 2-fight losing streak right now, and things aren’t looking good. He might be nearing the end of his UFC career, or even his entire career in general if he fails to win this fight.
Prediction: Pearson by TKO in the 2nd round.
Ryan Bader vs. Ovince Saint Preux (205 lbs)
Our main event sees a veteran of the octagon take on a rising up-and-comer with Ryan Bader taking on Ovince Saint Preux. Bader has been around for a while since winning season 8 of The Ultimate Fighter, and has always been a mainstay of the light heavyweight division. He’s one of those stand out wrestlers, who happens to have unbelievable punching power. OSP on the other hand, has a really unorthodox style and seems to be good in all aspects of the game. He’s yet to lose in the UFC and is wiping the floor with guys much like Jon Jones was when he was making his rise up the division. Yes I just compared OSP to Jon Jones. This fight is sure to have a finish with the winner making his claim in a division that is starting to fall short of competitors to Jones’s belt.
Prediction: Saint Preux by Submission in the 3rd round.
This card is of course subject to change.
Fight Night 47 featuring Ryan Bader vs. Ovince Saint Preux will be live and free on Fox Sports 1, with the prelims kicking off at 7:00 pm CST, and the main card getting under way at 9:00 pm CST.
h/t: UFC.com, Sherdog