The UFC makes its way to Minneapolis, Minnesota this weekend and features some exciting fights from top to bottom. It is one of their more stacked cards of the year, which should make for some exciting action this Friday night (October 5, 2012). The prelims kickoff tomorrow night on Facebook, which is great for fans who want to watch some fights for free. Let’s now take a look at the prelims in their entirety and make some predictions.
Starting off the card is a dynamic welterweight bout between Aaron Simpson and Mike Pierce. This fight shouldn’t be on the prelims, and it is beside me on why the UFC didn’t move the bout to main card status. Either way it should be an exciting welterweight bout by two veterans of the sport. I believe Mike Pierce will prove to be too much for Simpson, and he will use his in-range boxing and clinch game to earn himself a unanimous decision. Final prediction: Mike Pierce by unanimous decision.
Next up on Facebook is a fight between Marcus LeVesseur vs. Carlo Prater. Prater comes into this fight with the experience and grappling advantage, which will prove to be too much for LeVesseur. Final prediction: Carlo Prater wins via submission in the first round.
Next up on Fuel TV is a bout between Darren Uyenoyama vs. Phil Harris. Darren comes into this fight with the speed and grappling advantage, which will be enough to earn him the victory. Final prediction: Darren Uyenoyama wins via submission in the second round.
Bart Palaszewski vs. Diego Nunes is up next in the featherweight division. Diego Nunes will pick apart Bart on the feet, and he will avoid the take down attempts from Bart to win every single round. He is one of the best strikers in the division, and he will use his crisp combinations to out point Bart for the majority of the fight. Final prediction: Diego Nunes wins via unanimous decision.
Jacolb Volkman will be taking on Shane Roller next in a lightweight fight. Both of these fighters have competent wrestling skills, but Volkman will use his positioning and strength to hold down Roller for the majority of the fight. Final prediction: Jacob Volkman wins via unanimous decision.
Another lightweight bout takes place between Dennis Halman and Thiago Tavares. Tavares possesses the submission advantage, and Halman has the experience advantage. It will be a gritty fight from start to finish, but Tavares will do enough to warrant a decision. Final prediction: Thiago Tavares wins via unanimous decision.
An explosive match up is next between Michael Johnson and Danny Castillo. Both of these fighters are well rounded and can end the fight standing or on the ground, but I think Castillo’s experience will be enough to weather the early storm of Johnson. Final prediction: Danny Castillo wins via unanimous decision.
Jeremy Stephens will be taking on Yves Edwards next in what has knockout of the night written all over it. Both of these fighters are competent standing, which should make for an action-packed fight from start to finish. Stephens’s power will be enough to hurt Yves later in the fight, and Yves has shown that his chin is suspect. Final prediction: Jeremy Stephens wins via KO in the first round.