This Saturday July 26th on FOX, one of the most anticipated UFC Fight Nights will happen in San Jose, California.
Robbie Lawler will take on Matt Brown in a big 5-Round Welterweight bout, where the winner will be next in line to take on the champ Johny Hendricks.
Below are my predictions for all 12 fights on Saturday’s card, so let’s get to it.
Juliana Lima vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk (115 lbs)
The UFC’s second ever strawweight bout will be kicking off the Fight Pass Prelims, when Juliana Lima takes on Joanna Jedrzejcyzk. Look for Lima to take the fight to the ground, and work some heavy ground and pound, while Jedrzejczyk will be wanting to keep the fight standing. The whole fight will hinge on if Lima can take Jedrzejcyzk to the ground, if she can’t I believe Jedrzejcyzk will take this fight.
Prediction: Jedrzejcyzk by TKO in Round 2.
Andreas Stahl vs. Gilbert Burns (170 lbs)
Both men are making their UFC debuts Saturday, and will be looking to start their UFC career on the right foot. Stahl is your classic wrestler, while Burns features a more all around game. Stahl will want to take the fight to the ground, and grind out a long decision victory. Burns on the other hand will be looking for a finish. I believe Burns will want to keep this fight standing, and show off his knockout power, but if the fight does go to the ground, I also think Burns will get the finish there, as well.
Prediction: Burns by KO in Round 1.
Steven Siler vs. Noad Lahat (145 lbs)
Both men are coming off of losses, and are going to want to bounce back quickly. The pressure is mostly on Siler – who is coming off of 2 straight losses to Dennis Bermudez and Rony Jason – 3 losses in a row will put him on the chopping block with the UFC. Lahat has a little more wiggle room since his last fight against Godofredo Pepey was his UFC debut, but he knows that you never want to start your career with 2 straight losses. This fight will go to the ground, and will be decided on who can out-wrestle the other, or who can slap on the better submission.
Prediction: Siler by Unanimous Decision.
Akbarh Arreola vs. Tiago Trator (155 lbs)
Another pair of UFC debuts will round out the Fight Pass Prelims. Arreola will want to take this fight to the ground, and look for a submission, while Trator will want to keep the fight on the feet, and look for the KO/TKO.
Prediction: Arreola by Submission in Round 3.
Mike De La Torre vs. Brian Ortega (155 lbs)
Our Fox Prelims will be kicked off by a lightweight bout between Mike De La Torre and Brian Ortega. De La Torre is coming off a controversial split decision loss to Mark Bocek at the TUF Nations Finale, while Ortega is making his UFC debut. De La Torre has a well balanced diet of Wrestling and Boxing and, after a controversial decision, will be looking for a finish in this fight. Ortega is a talented striker, but also has a good ground game. If the fight becomes too much for Ortega to handle, look for him to try and take it to the ground.
Prediction: De La Torre by TKO in Round 2.
Hernani Perpetuo vs. Tim Means (170 lbs)
Means is coming off of 3 straight losses, and needs a win badly. He will be wanting a KO, and that’s where somebody like Perpetuo can exploit him. If Perpetuo can use his footwork and make Means miss, he could pull out the win in this fight. But if Means does catch him with a right hook, it could be a quick night for Perpetuo.
Prediction: Perpetuo by Unanimous Decision.
Kyle Kingsbury vs. Patrick Cummins (205 lbs)
Everybody who follows the UFC knows about Patrick Cummins. You know him first by being the guy who called out Daniel Cormier about as last minute as last minute could be. Cummins then became the guy who got crushed by Cormier in a very lopsided first round TKO. Cummins, though, came back in a more fairly put together match, and earned himself his first victory in the UFC via second round KO. Kingsbury, on the other hand, has been on the losing end of his last 3 fights and desperately needs a win. Both men are very powerful, and will want to stand and bang. Look for one of these fighters to try and take it to the ground if the fight isn’t going their way on their feet, as both fighters are also very good wrestlers.
Prediction: Cummins by TKO in Round 2.
Daron Cruickshank vs. Jorge Masvidal (155 lbs)
Cruickshank is coming off of back-to-back TKO victories, while Masvidal is coming off a Unanimous Decision victory over Pat Healy. Masvidal will want to control the fight and grind out another decision victory, but I believe Cruickshank will be too much for him to handle. Cruickshank will want another finish to continue his win streak, and I believe he will get just that.
Prediction: Cruickshank by TKO in Round 1.
Josh Thomson vs. Bobby Green (155 lbs)
Our Main Card gets kicked off by Josh Thomson and Bobby Green. This fight on paper looks like an easy win for Thomson. He is the #3 ranked lightweight in the world, with Green being ranked #13. Thomson is also the all around better fighter, and coming off a controversial split decision loss to Benson Henderson in his last outing, he won’t be looking to take it to the judges again. Green, on the other hand, has the ability to shock the division and take out a highly ranked competitor. Green has some very powerful takedowns and good stand up. Thomson is a long time veteran of the UFC, and has all the skills it’s takes to be at the top. Unfortunately, I think that Thomson’s age and body will not hold up in this fight – he’s already been hinting at retirement, and I believe the younger, stronger Green will be able to exploit the aging Thomson.
Prediction: Green by Unanimous Decision.
Clay Guida vs. Dennis Bermudez (145 lbs)
Dennis Bermudez’s one and only lost in the UFC came to Diego Brandao back in 2011 at the TUF 14 Finale, since then he has rattled off 6 straight victories, and in his last fight showed off some incredible striking and power. Guida is an octagon veteran – you name somebody who’s fought in the lightweight/featherweight division, and he’s probably fought them once. Guida looks like a caveman, and sometimes he even fights like one with these wild barrage of punches he comes at you with. The thing about Guida, though, is that he can do that for all 3 rounds without any problem. The guy’s cardio is insane. Bermudez, on the other hand, is a little more technical. He can get crazy too, but not like Guida does. Bermudez showed off his stand up in his last fight, so I’m looking for him to continue that and look for the knockout against a wild Guida.
Prediction: Bermudez by TKO in Round 2.
Anthony Johnson vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueria (205)
Our co-main event will feature Anthony Johnson’s second fight back in the UFC, once again at 205 lbs. He just looks way more comfortable at 205 than he ever did at 170 or 185. Not to mention 205 is also a lot easier of a weight cut for him. Rogerio is a legend in the sport – just like his brother Minotauro – and you can never count him out of a fight, no matter what the circumstances are. Unfortunately, I think that Johnson will continue his dominance at 205. He just looks better than ever, and that’s scary for a guy who was seen to be in his prime at 170 lbs. Johnson’s power and incredible striking ability will be too much for Rogerio to handle in this fight.
Prediction: Anthony Johnson by KO in Round 1.
Robbie Lawler vs. Matt Brown (170 lbs)
This is our long awaited main event of the evening. The ruthless one takes on the immortal one. Matt Brown has been on an absolute tear in the UFC, winning 7 fights in a row – 6 of them being by KO/TKO. He just seems to be unstoppable. But Matt Brown has never faced somebody quite like Robbie Lawler. Lawler made his return to the UFC back at UFC 157, and since then, only has one blemish on his record. That being a decision loss to now champion Johny Hendricks. Lawler has looked better than he ever has, and just seems poised to take another shot at the title. Matt Brown, though, is vicious – he is non-stop in-your-face for however long the fight lasts. Lawler, though, is the exact the same. Neither man will sit back and breathe. This fight will be an absolute war. The likelihood that it goes all 5 rounds is very slim, and we will see the winner of this fight take one Johny Hendricks for welterweight gold.
Prediction: Matt Brown by KO in Round 2.
UFC Fight Night – Lawler vs. Brown – will be taking place this Saturday, July 26th in San Jose, California, and will be live and free on FOX. Your Fight Pass Prelims will begin at 3:15 pm CST, followed by your FOX Prelims at 5:00 pm CST, and your Main Card at 7:00 pm CST. You won’t want to miss this one.