Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva will get a chance to redeem himself when he faces Travis Browne at “UFC on FX 5.” The event will take place on Oct. 5, at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minn. Here are my predictions for the entire UFC on FX 5 fight card:
Travis Browne versus Antonio Silva
After putting on an imposing performance against Fedor Emelianenko in 2011, Silva hasn’t been able to find his groove inside the cage, losing to Daniel Cormier and Cain Velasquez. Browne is one of the most promising rising stars in the UFC’s heavyweight division, but he’s only had a few fights against top caliber opponents. Tough fight to call, but it think Silva will be able to use his grappling to dominate the fight. Silva wins via TKO.
Jake Ellenberger versus Jay Hieron
Hieron defeated Ellenberger back in 2006, but he’ll be going against a better version of “The Juggernaut” when these two meet at UFC on FX 5. Hieron’s takedown defense looked decent during his fight against Ben Askren, and he should emerge victorious if he’s able to keep the fight standing. Hieron wins via decision.
John Dodson versus Jussier da Silva
Silva will make his UFC debut against Dodson at UFC on FX 5, and I expect fireworks when these two meet inside the Octagon. Silva is a solid ground fighter, but Dodson will have the advantage in the striking department. Dodson wins via decision.
Justin Edwards versus Josh Neer
Things didn’t go very well for Neer during his last outing against Mike Pyle, but he should be able to bounce right back against Edwards. Neer is a lot more experienced, and “The Dentist” should be able to dominate the fight regardless of where it takes place. Neer wins via TKO.
Yves Edwards defeats Jeremy Stephens
Michael Johnson defeats Danny Castillo
Thiago Tavares defeats Dennis Hallman
Shane Roller defeats Jacob Volkmann
Diego Nunes defeats Bart Palaszewski
Phil Harris defeats Darren Uyenoyama
Marcus LeVesseur defeats Carlo Prater
Mike Pierce defeats Aaron Simpson
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.