Seeing as how the card starts in only a couple of hours, I’ve got to quickly run-through tonight’s card if I want this post to have any relevance. Tonight’s UFC on FX will be the promotion’s first return to the Miami area in 5 years. With Dana White and Jon Anik being huge Boston Celtics’ fans, they’d probably rather be hosting this event in any other city in the entire U.S.A. than Miami, Florida tonight. Something tells me they’ll end up hanging around South Beach an extra day so they can attend tomorrow night’s game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Unfortunately due to time constraints I really can’t elaborate too much about my preliminary card choices for tonight. However, for what it’s worth, here’s who I have winning those match-ups this evening.
Preliminary card (Facebook):
Welterweight (170 lb) bout – Jake Hecht vs. Sean Pierson – Pierson via Decision
Lightweight (155 lb) bout – Bernardo Magalhaes vs. Henry Martinez – Martinez via Decision
(Preliminary Card continues on FUEL TV)
Middleweight (185 lb.) bout – Caio Magalhaes vs. Buddy Roberts – Magalhaes via 1st rd. submission
Lightweight bout – Tim Means vs. Justin Salas – Means via Decision
Bantamweight (135 lb.) bout – Dustin Pague vs. Jared Papazian – Papazian via 1st rd. KO
Featherweight (145 lb.) bout – Leonard Garcia vs. Matt Grice – Garcia via 2nd rd. KO
Welterweight bout – Seth Baczynski vs. Lance Benoist – Benoist via 3rd rd. submission
Welterweight bout – Mike Pierce vs. Carlos Eduardo Rocha – Pierce via 1st rd. KO
Main Card (Live on FX):
Bantamweight bout – Scott Jorgensen vs. Eddie Wineland
The only fight on the entire card that can compete against the main event for “Fight of the Night” is this one, and I think it will. These are two of UFC’s scrappiest bantamweights on the roster and each fighter is coming off a tough loss against a more skilled opponent. I expect this to go all 3 rounds and come down to the judges scorecards.
Projection: Jorgensen via Split decision (Fight of the Night)
Welterweight bout – Josh “The Dentist” Neer vs. Mike Pyle
If you were to look at their records, you would think both of these fighters are older than dirt, but it’s really not the case. Pyle, 36, is surely climbing the age ladder but is still out to prove he can keep up with the best. A win over Neer, 29, would certainly catapult his status in the welterweight division for a big fight his next time in the ring. It’s much easier said than done against an opponent as tough as “The Dentist” though. While I know Pyle will come out with overflowing intensity, Neer’s patience and technique will earn him the victory tonight.
Prediction – Neer via 2nd rd Submission
Welterweight bout – Charlie Brennemen vs. Erick Silva
Ever since his storybook, hometown, late-replacement, underdog win against appropriately named Rick “The horror” Story, Charlie Brennemen has been a well-known rising competitor in the UFC’s 170 lb. division. Other than a devastating head kick KO from heavyweight, (read: welterweight), Anthony Johnson, Brennemen has been quickly climbing through the ranks of his weight class. That climb could come to a screeching halt tonight against the likes of Erick Silva. I believe Silva is much too fast for Brennemen to read or react against. It should be a quick co-main event.
Prediction – Silva via 1st. rd TKO
Flyweight (125 lb.) bout – Main Event
Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson vs. Ian “Uncle Creepy” McCall
It’s the re-match that many UFC fans have been salivating over. The first meeting between Mighty Mouse vs. Uncle Creepy resulted in a controversial “draw” that was later corrected as being a scoring error by one of the often-criticized ringside judges. Had the scorecard’s been presented correctly, Johnson would have squeaked out a split decision against his opponent, McCall. UFC offered automatically advancing Johnson to the next round of the on-going Flyweight tournament, but Johnson refused, choosing to respectfully honor his re-match against McCall. So tonight, it all unfolds in South Florida and don’t expect “Mighty Mouse” to make this fight so difficult to judge.
Prediction – Demetrious Johnson via 2nd rd. TKO
Alright folks, it’s 5 p.m. meaning the first prelim should be getting underway as I type. Time to shift gears and watch tonight’s card with all my fellow fight fans. Here’s to an entertaining night!
….more previews SOON.