UFC Fight For The Troops 3 takes place on November 6 and features a great card for the troops. Headlining the card will be a middleweight scrap between Tim Kennedy and Rafael Natal. Both will be looking to get a huge win in hopes of moving up the rankings, and it should be a great scrap from start to finish. Let’s now take a look at the rest of the card and make some predictions.
Lightweight — Colton Smith vs. Michael Chiesa: Both of these lightweights are winners of TUF show, and they each have well-rounded skills. Chiesa may have the better grappling, but just slightly. Chiesa will get the fight to the mat when the opening presents itself, and he will work diligently until he can lock up a submission.
Final Prediction: Michael Chiesa wins via submission (rear-naked choke) in the second round
Lightweight — Jorge Masvidal vs. Rustam Khabilov: Both of these fighters are exceptional, but Masvidal possesses the superior striking. He will keep this fight on the feet, landing some great shots on Rustam each round. It will be a back and forth fight, but at the end of the day, the judges will decide it in favor of Masvidal.
Final Prediction: Jorge Masvidal wins via unanimous decision
Middleweight — Ronny Markes vs. Yoel Romero: Romero comes into this fight off an impressive win over Clifford Starks, and he packs a lot of power in his punches. He will land some devastating shots on Markes, getting the early stoppage.
Final Prediction: Yoel Romero wins via TKO in the first round
Women’s Bantamweight — Alexis Davis vs. Liz Carmouche: There is a lot at stake in this fight, as the winner could be next in line to challenge for the title, which is currently being held by Ronda Rousey. Carmouche will be the stronger fighter, and she also is the better wrestler. Davis is great at jiu-jitsu, but it will not be enough to defeat Carmouche, who will get the fight to the mat, landing shots until the fight is stopped.
Final Prediction: Liz Carmouche wins via TKO in the first round
Middleweight — Tim Kennedy vs. Rafael Natal: Both of these middleweights are looking to continue their momentum. Kennedy is the better wrestler and has the more polished striking, where Natal is the superior jiu-jitsu practitioner. Kennedy had success against Roger Gracie, one of the best grapplers in the world. If he can hang with Gracie, he won’t have much of a problem with Natal. He will land enough kicks and punches each round to get the nod.
Final Prediction: Tim Kennedy wins via unanimous decision