UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Lobov: Big fight night for free on Fox Sports 1 and the Prelims on Fox Sports 2. This card is stacked and it is one of the best cards to be on Fox Sports. My predictions will be just the fight and the winner and how this week, but I will be predicting all 13 fights including the FightPass Prelims.
UFC Fight Pass Prelims:
Hector Sandoval (13-3) vs. Matt Schnell (10-3): We start the night in the flyweight division and it is going to be a good fight to start it off. I got Matt Schnell winning this fight in round 2 via submission.
Bryan Barberena (12-4) vs. Joe Proctor (11-4): Here is a throw down in the welterweight division. I really like what I have seen from both of these guys and this fight isn’t easy to call but I am going to take Bryan Barberena via 3rd round KO.
#10 Alexis Davis (17-7) vs. Cindy Dandois (8-2): The Main event of the fight pass prelims has a good fight between two very capable women in an all-out brawl. I feel this fight is going to find the ground pretty quickly. I am going with Cindy Dandois to win this one via a unanimous decision victory.
UFC FOX Sports 2 Prelims (8 PM/ET):
#14 Jessica Penne (12-5) vs. Danielle Taylor (8-2): This fight could be fun to kick off the prelims. This fight takes place in the strawweight division and will be a ton of fun to watch unfold. I have to go with Penne to pull off an impressive submission win in the 2nd round.
Scott Holtzman (9-2) vs. Michael McBride (8-2): We follow up the women’s fight with a lightweight fight between two guys who are going to provide great entertainment. Michael McBride I believe will pick up his first UFC win after going 0-1 so far in the UFC. I think McBride picks up another 1st round submission victory by way of a Kimura.
#9 Dustin Ortiz (16-6) vs. #10 Brandon Moreno (13-3): Flyweight throw down between two mid-ranked flyweights looking to get themselves into the title picture conversation. I personally believe Moreno is on the rise but this is going to be a big test because Oritz is a savage. I am having a really hard time picking against Ortiz but I think Moreno wins via 2nd round TKO.
#11 Thales Leites (28-7) vs. #13 Sam Alvey (30-8, 1 NC): The main event of the prelims should easily be on the main card as we see pair of ranked middleweight fighters. I think Sam is on the rise and will find himself in the top 7 after this one. I got Smilin’ Sam winning this one via 2nd round TKO as he played pin the Thales on the Donkey.
FS1 Main Card (10 PM/ET):
#13 Jake Ellenberger (31-12) vs. Mike Perry (9-1): We kick off the main card with a welterweight throwdown. These two guys are going to stand in front of each other and smash. I think Mike Perry revenges his first ever professional loss. I believe Perry wins via 2nd round KO.
Joe Lauzon (27-13) vs. Stevie Ray (20-6): Possible fight of the night candidate as always seems to be when Lauzon is on a fight card. The dude just knows how to put on a show. I see Lauzon picking up another flashy submission victory.
#7 John Dodson (19-8) vs. #10 Eddie Wineland (23-11-1): Bantamweight throw down on our hands here. This is going to be a sit on the edge of your seat style fight. Fists are going to fly in this one and I don’t believe there are faster hands in the world of fighting than John Dodson. That being said Eddie is a phenomenal striker and is definitely a big test for Dodson. This fight will sky-rocket the name of the winner of this fight into the bantamweight title picture. I have a strong feeling Dodson will pull off an impressive win through a 3rd round TKO stoppage.
#8 Ovince Saint-Preux (19-10) vs. Marcos Rogerio De Lima (15-5-1): A light heavyweight brawl here should be a good show. OSP really needs this win to keep himself at the top of this division and a loss would really hurt any future title shot hopes. Lima missed weight AGAIN and really a win doesn’t do much for me because he needs to prove he can make weight at 205 before I believe he is contender considered. Due to a more overall well-rounded game I believe this fight will see OSP pick up an impressive win granted a unanimous decision one but a good looking fight for him.
#14 Al Iaquinta (12-3-1) vs. Diego Sanchez (29-9): Well if Lauzon doesn’t do enough for fight of the night, Diego Sanchez will do so. We haven’t seen Al fight since April 4th 2015 where he beat Jorge Masvidal in his last fight but that was a long time ago and you have to wonder about cage rust. Diego is coming off a win and has fought 5 times since Iaquinta’s last fight. I have to go with the “Lionheart” winning this one as Diego Sanchez picks up a savage 2nd round TKO. I am excited for Al to return to the octagon though and hope he doesn’t take as much time off moving forward.
#4 Cub Swanson (24-7) vs. Artem Lobov (14-12-1, 1NC): This main event is a no-brainer to me. I just am not quite sure how Lobov got here to this big of a fight. It probably is because he is teammates of Connor McGregor and the UFC hears McGregor and freak out. Hopefully Cub will be in top form in this one because it should be a quick demolition of the McGregor love child. Cub wins via 1st round KO.
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