UFC on Fuel TV 5: Main Card Predictions

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Kyle Terada-US Presswire

UFC on Fuel TV 5 is set to take place this weekend and features some exciting fights from top to bottom.  Headlining the card is a heavyweight bout between Stefan Struve and Stipe Miocic.  Both of these fighters will look to continue their momentum inside the octagon, and a win puts them right into the heavyweight title mix.

Also on the card is a dynamic welterweight bout between Dan Hardy and Amir Sadollah.  This should make for a good stand up war because both fighters like to stand and trade.  Let’s now take a look at the rest of the card and make some predictions.

A welterweight bout kicks off the main card between Che Mills and Duane Ludwig.   This fight should be action-packed because both fighters have explosive hands, and both have the ability to end the night with one punch.  Duane will be the more experienced striker, however, and he will pick apart Che Mills for the majority of the fight.  Final prediction: Duane Ludwig wins via unanimous decision. 

An exciting lightweight bout takes place when Paul Sass takes on TUF vet Matt Wiman.  Both of these fighters are some of the most exciting in the lightweight division, and it will be an interesting clash of styles.  Paul Sass is a triangle specialist and it is his go to move time and time again.  He has over 9 wins that have come by triangle, and he will surely try to lock it up against Wiman.  Wiman has shown durability in his UFC tenure, but it will not be enough to escape the infamous Sass triangle.  Final prediction: Paul Sass wins via submission in the first round. 

Brad Pickett will be taking on Yves Jabouin in a bantamweight fight.  Both fighters have dynamic strikes on the feet, which should make for an exciting standing war from start to finish.  Pickett possesses one-punch power and always tries to land something big early in the rounds.  Jabouin has a more well-rounded striking attack and utilizes kicks more often the Pickett.  Pickett will, however, will find the openings against Jabouin and end his night early.  Final prediction: Brad Pickett wins via KO in the first round.

A welterweight bout takes place between John Hathaway and John Maguire.  Hathaway comes into this fight with the experience advantage, and he is also has a more well-rounded game than Maguire.  Hathaway will execute his striking game and look to score the early takedown.  From there he will grind Maguire down and look to sink in a submission.  Final prediction: John Hathaway wins via submission in the third round.

The co-main event features a welterweight bout between Dan hardy and Amir Sadollah.  Both of these fighters like to keep the fight standing, which should make for a good technical striking bout.  Dan Hardy likes to use his left hooks and leg kicks to gain the superior advantage over his opponents.  Sadollah likes to do the same, but he utilizes a Muay Thai style of striking that mixes in elbows and effective clinch work against the cage.  This will benefit Sadollah because he will get the better of Hardy in the stand-up exchanges.  Amir is also very competent in jiu jitsu, which has been the Achilles heel of Dan Hardy ever since he stepped into the UFC.  Amir has more ways to win in this fight, which will help him pull off the victory.  Final prediction: Amir Sadollah wins via submission in the second round.

The main event features an explosive heavyweight fight between Stefan Struve and Stipe Miocic.  Both of these fighter’s forte is striking.  They both like to use their size and reach to get the better of their opponents during the exchanges, which has been a very successful tactic for both fighters as of late.  Stefan comes into this fight with the experience advantage, and he also has the superior grappling skills if the fight hits the mat.  Miocic is undefeated thus far in his career, but he will come up short against Struve who will find the openings on the ground and lock up a submission.  Final prediction: Stefan Struve wins via submission in the first round. 


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