The Ultimate Fighting Championship will head down to San Antonio Texas for the first time in its history for the UFC Fight Night 44 card. It’s not exactly the most star-studded mixed martial arts event ever, but it is filled with many competitive matchups hardcore MMA fans will appreciate.
The action is set for June 28, at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas.
Here are my UFC Fight Night 44 predictions:
Cub Swanson vs. Jeremy Stephens
Swanson (20-5-0, 8 KOS) is currently on a five-fight winning streak, and a win against Stevens (23-9-0, 15 KOs) just might be enough to earn him a shot at the featherweight title.
Stephens has also been on a roll lately, racking up three consecutive victories, but he’ll need a special performance to get past Swanson at UFC Fight Night 44.
Swanson should have the advantage against Stephens in the striking department, and some might say he’s the better grappler as well. It’s hard to see him losing to Stephens after the impressive performance he put on against Dennis Siver.
Prediction: Swanson wins via TKO.
Kelvin Gastelum vs. Nicholas Musoke
Gastelum (8-0-0, 3 KOs) couldn’t have been more impressive since his UFC debut, racking up wins against Uriah Hall, Brian Melancon, and Rick Story. His opponent, Musoke, also remains undefeated inside the Octagon, with wins against Alessio Sakara and Viscardi Andrade.
Musoke (12-2-0, 5 submissions) will have the advantage striking wise when these two collide at UFC Fight Night 44, but Gastelum is the better wrestler. Musoke does have a decent guard, so even if he ends up on his back, he should be able to threaten with submissions or get back to his feet.
That sucks for Gastelum.
Prediction: Musoke wins via submission.
Myles Jury vs. Abel Trujillo
Arguably the most intriguing matchup at UFC Fight Night 44, expect fireworks when these two collide inside the Octagon.
As technically savvy as Jury (14-0-0, 6 submissions) is striking wise, Trujillo (12-5-0, 5 KOs) is just as competent, and he packs a lot more power in his strikes. Jury’s submissions are sharper, but Trujillo is no slouch grappling wise either.
It’s as close as a fight can get on paper, making it a tough fight to predict, but I’m leaning towards Trujillo based on the fact Myles has struggled with his opponent’s forward pressure at times, which can cost him big against “Killa’s” aggressive style.
Prediction: Trujillo wins by KO.
Remaining UFC Fight Night 44 predictions:
Cezar Ferreira defeats Andrew Craig
Ricardo Lamas defeats Hacran Dias
Clint Hester defeats Antonio Braga Neto
Johnny Bedford defeats Cody Gibson
Frank Trevino defeats Joe Ellenberger
Colton Smith defeats Carlos Diego Ferreira
Sean Spencer defeats Luiz Dutra
Marcelo Guimarães defeats Andy Enz
Oleksiy Oliynyk defeats Anthony Hamilton
Ray Borg defeats Ryan Benoit
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.
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