MMA veterans Chris Leben and Mark Munoz will make Ultimate Fighting Championship history when they meet inside the Octagon at UFC 138. UFC 138 is set for Nov. 5, at the LG Arena in Birmingham, England, and it will be the first time a non-title main event fight will be scheduled to go five rounds. Here are my predictions for UFC 138 fight card.
Chris Leben versus Mark Munoz
Munoz has been tearing up the UFC’s middleweight division lately, winning six of his last seven MMA fights. Leben is coming of a first round knockout of Wanderlei Silva in his last outing at UFC 132, and he’ll have his hands full with Munoz. Munoz’ wrestling will probably be the difference maker, and “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” should be able to move a step closer to a title shot. Munoz wins by TKO.
Brad Pickett versus Renan “Barao” do Nascimento Mota Pegado
WEC import Brad Pickett will have his hands full in his UFC debut against “Barao.” Pickett has won 10 of his last 11 fights, but “Barao” has been even more impressive. “Barao” has won 25 straight MMA fights and I expect him add one more win to his resume at UFC 138. “Barao” wins by decision.
Thiago Alves versus Papy Abedi
Alves will get to welcome undefeated judo player Papy Abedi into the Octagon at UFC 138, and it should be an all out war when the two huge welterweights collide. Alves is definitely the more experienced MMA fighter, and that should be the difference maker in the fight. Alves wins by decision.
Terry Etim versus Eddie Faaloloto
Etim shouldn’t have any problems taking care of Faaloloto in front of his countrymen, given his vastly superior striking skills. Etim wins by TKO.
Anthony Njokuani versus Paul Taylor
This is a very interesting matchup between two solid strikers. Njokuani has already gone toe-to-toe with some of the best MMA fighters in the division, and I honestly think he’s just a notch below the likes of Ben Henderson and Donald Cerrone. Njokuani wins by KO.
Cyrille Diabate defeats Anthony Perosh
Justin Edwards defeats John Maguire
Jason Young defeats Michihiro Omigawa
Rob Broughton defeats Philip De Fries
Che Mills defeats Chris Cope
Chris Cariaso defeats Vaughan Lee