UFC 175 is coming soon, and, while Chris Weidman's Middleweight title defense against Lyoto Machida, paired with Ronda Rousey's Women's bantamweight tangle with Alexis Davis are the main attractions, the undercard is red-hot with action.
Urijah Faber Vs. Alex Caceres
In a Bantamweight contest, live on pay-per-view, Alex Caceres wages war with Uriah Faber.
Alex Caceres is one of those scrappy, tough guys who just has that certain element that defines a fighter -- a warrior. Four of his fights have ended in split decisions, and he has scored a slew of late stoppages. He always puts on a show, but isn't the most refined with his skill set.
Uriah Faber is a more fastidious, dare I say overall more gifted fighter. He held the WEC championship. He's been in against the very best of MMA, and fought for the UFC title on multiple occasions -- contrary to Caceres.
Faber may just be too good, and has a more developed ground game than Caceres. Alex Caceres would want an ugly fight, but, Faber is usually able to avoid such a thing.
Faber by late submission is my pick.
Matt Mitrione Vs Stefan Struve
A 26-year-old, 7'0 tall Dutchman against a 35-year-old, 6'3 guy nicknamed "Meathead" who has dropped two of his last four fights.
It sounds like a mismatch, but Mitrione, 35, hasn’t been of the cage for 16 months following a knockout loss, nor was he recently suffering from an enlarged heart, that's Struve, the "Skyscraper", a heavy favorite in this bout. I could be wrong, but I'm picking Mitrione by a shocking knockout, and might actually hope that I'm wrong.
Uriah Hall Vs Thiago Santos
Uriah Hall knows what it's like to miss out.
Hall was on a nasty skid in 2013, suffering back-to-back split decision defeats to Kevin Gastelum and John Howard. That all changed in December, he answered the call to face Chris Leben, a UFC veteran, and didn't look back.
He pounded Leben for a round, actually forcing "The Crippler's" corner to end the massacre.
Now, Leben had lost three straight leading up to this bout, and his financial hardships were well documented by the press.
Thiago Santos isn't Chris Leben. He's young, and his biggest shortcoming is his recklessness. He sticks his neck out too far sometimes. He wants to finish his opponents, and stopped Ronny Markes impressively in his last fight. With that said, Hall might just have the finer tools to win this one, and, for that reason, I think he TKO's Santos in two.
Other predictions and notes:
Chris Camozzi Vs. Bruno Santos -- This one may be competitive, but Camozzi's experience may help him out, despite his recent struggles. Camozzi by UD.
Marcus Brimage Vs Russell Doane -- This is an astronomical step up for Doans, but I like his chances. He's coming off of back-to-back wins and has been much more active. Doane by UD.
Guilherme Vosconcelos Vs Luke Zachrich -- Vosconcelos formerly competed on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil, but was defeated in the corner finals. In that, he did show some definite skills, enough to eliminate Zachrich by submission or knockout.
Ildemar Alcantara Vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio -- Alcantara by KO 2
Rob Font Vs. Douglas Silva De Andrade -- Silva De Andrade is 0-1 in the UFC, but 22-0 with 18 KO's elsewhere. In other words, he has some power in his punches, but has faced soft opposition. Font should be the favorite, but could get sparked. This sport is unpredictable. Font by decision.
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