UFC Fight Night 32 takes place tomorrow night, featuring a light heavyweight bout between Dan Henderson and Vitor Belfort. This rematch could end quickly as both have showcased their finishing abilities time and time again. Let’s now take a look at the main card and make some predictions.
Featherweight — Ronny Jason vs. Jeremy Stephens: Both of these featherweights pack a punch, but Stephens may have the more raw power. His wrestling is very underrated, and he may tap into these skills since he will be bigger and stronger at featherweight. Stephens will win the exchanges on the feet, and will do enough on the ground to get the decision.
Final Prediction: Jeremy Stephens wins via unanimous decision
Welterweight — Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Ryan LaFlare: LaFlare has great finishing abilities, and he will keep his undefeated streak alive against Santiago. He will pick apart Santiago on the feet, landing some big combinations early.
Final Prediction: Ryan LaFlare wins via TKO in the first round
Welterweight — Paul Thiago vs. Brandon Thatch: Thiago may be the superior grappler, but Thatch is by far the better striker. He will keep this fight on the feet, where he will devastate Thiago with some brutal leg kicks and crisp strikes from the outside. The punches will add up and Thiago will not be able to recover.
Final Prediction: Brandon Thatch wins via TKO in the first round
Light Heavyweight — Rafael Calvalcante vs. Igor Pokrajac: Both of these fighters have power in their hands, and when the fight hits the mat, they have finishing abilities there. Calvalcante looked completely gassed in his last fight, which makes it hard to pick him going forward. Igor has never had cardio issues, so he will have the edge. He will press Rafael up against the cage, testing his conditioning early. He will do enough each round to win the exchanges.
Final Prediction: Igor Pokrajac wins via unanimous decision
Middleweight — Cezar Ferreira vs. Daniel Sarafian: Both of these fighters are exceptional when the fight hits the mat, and they also have some good power. Daniel will win the ground battles, securing top position when the openings happen. He will work towards a submission and will get it eventually.
Final Prediction: Daniel Sarafian wins via submission (rear-naked choke) in the second round
Light Heavyweight — Vitor Belfort vs. Dan Henderson: This rematch will have a lot of implications for the winner. Both can end the fight standing, but Henderson possesses the wrestling advantage. Henderson will play around on the feet, but when Vitor least expects it, he will force a scramble, getting Belfort to the ground. He will do this each round to wear on on Belfort and get the decision.
Final Prediction: Dan Henderson wins via unanimous decision