UFC Fight Night 35 Main Card Predictions

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UFC Fight Night 35 Predictions

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The UFC will make its way to Georgia on Wednesday as UFC Fight Night 35 storms the arena at Gwinnett Center. Though the card is not stacked, which televised cards rarely are, it possesses some of the more underrated talents on the UFC roster. The card is headlined by a middleweight bout between two fighters looking to rebound after losses (Luke Rockhold and Costas Philippou).

Rockhold received a rude awakening in his UFC debut. He was on the wrong end of a spinning heel kick and suffered his first career loss at the hands of No. 1 contender Vitor Belfort. Prior to the loss, he was undefeated against suspect competition (with the exception of Ronaldo Souza). He is also the former Strikeforce middleweight champion.

For Philippou, he was riding a nice streak and had finally begun to put his name into the middleweight title talk. Then he met Francis Carmont. It was during that bout that some of Philippou’s weaknesses were exposed. A boxer by nature, Philippou was grounded for most of the fight and lost by unanimous decision. Prior to the Carmont loss, he had defeated Tim Boetsch.

In the co-main event, Lorenz Larkin meets Brad Tavares in another middleweight bout. Both fighters are terribly underrated. Larkin was undefeated in Strikeforce and held a victory of Robbie Lawler. His first loss came at UFC on Fox 7 at the hands of Carmont. Since then he has beaten Chris Camozzi.

Tavares defeated Bubba McDaniel at UFC Fight 27 by decision. His lone loss is to Aaron Simpson. In the UFC, most of his fights have gone to the judges’ scorecards. The only fight that did not was his first KO of Phil Baroni in 2011.

The card will also have a bantamweight matchup between T.J. Dillashaw and Mike Easton, a flyweight bout between John Morag and Dustin Ortiz and much more. With that said, here are the main card predictions for UFC Fight Night 35:

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Cole Miller defeats Sam Sicilia by decision

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This is really a tossup fight for both men. Cole Miller’s career has been up and down for the past three years, and he hasn’t been that successful lost two fights in a row to Rony Mariano Bezzera and Maximo Blanco. Sam Sicilia seems to be more well-rounded than Miller, but Miller can submit the younger fighter if the fight goes to the ground.

Because of his overall experience, the nod goes to Miller. He will most likely attempt to get the fight to the ground and I can see him achieving that. Once there he might be able to smother Sicilia or submit him. Either way, I see Miller taking the victory.

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John Moraga submits Dustin Ortiz

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Lasting almost five full rounds with Demetrious Johnson is impressive by any standard. Though dominated for the majority of the fight, John Moraga showed heart by battling it out until the bitter end. Moraga is a decent striker with above average submission skills and has potential to be a future contender for the flyweight strap.

Little is known about Dustin Ortiz except for what we saw when he fought Jose Tome. He won that bout by TKO. He is a strong wrestler, so he will more than likely attempt to take the fight to the ground. I don’t see that happening.

Moraga will be prepared for the wrestling game of Ortiz after having just fought one of the best wrestlers in the division in Johnson. Moraga will allow the fight to go to the ground on his terms, where he will submit Ortiz in the second round.

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Yoel Romero knocks out Derek Brunson

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Yoel Romero vs. Derek Brunson is another toss up fight, but one that could produce fireworks. If both men keep the fight standing, this has the potential to produce a knock out of the night. If that is the case, Romero will be the one coming out on the winning end.

Romero has won all six of his fights by KO/TKO and after Wednesday night it will be seven. Romero wins by first round KO.

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T.J. Dillashaw beats Mike Easton by decision

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If both men are aggressive in this fight, the bout could steal the show for the two flyweight fighters. T.J. Dillashaw is a talented young fighter. He was steamrolling through opponents following his loss to John Dodson at the Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale. Mike Easton always brings the fight to his opponent, but has fallen on the short end of decisions as of late (losing his past two fights in a row). Following Wednesday night, he will be on a three-fight losing skid.

Dillashaw is too talented and well-conditioned for Easton and will defeat him by decision. Easton has a tendency to fade late in fights and he will do the same Wednesday.

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Lorenz Larkin knocks out Brad Tavares in 3rd round

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This is a fight between two young, up-and-coming middleweights. Both Lorenz Larkin and Brad Tavares are overlooked in a division quickly becoming deep with talent. Larkin was rarely mentioned when he made the crossover from Strikeforce, an organization in which he was undefeated. He defeated Chris Camozzi by unanimous decision in his last outing. Tavares continued to impress during his last bout when he defeated MMA veteran Bubba McDaniel. His only MMA career loss came to Aaron Simpson in 2011.

Though both fighters will want to keep the fight standing, I don't see this being a slugfest. Both men will more than likely pick and choose their shots. In the end, it will be Larkin catching Tavares late in the third for a knock out victory.

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Luke Rockhold outlast Costas Philippou

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Finally, the main event of the evening between two possible title contenders in the middleweight division. Luke Rockhold vs. Costas Philippou is a very intriguing matchup. While in Strikeforce, Rockhold didn't shy away from his true feelings about his opponents. He always wanted to fight the best inside the UFC. When he got that chance, he was knocked out in the first round by Vitor Belfort. It was only the second time Rockhold lost.

Philippou was on a great streak prior to his last fight. Going into the Francis Carmont fight, he was riding a five-fight win streak and talks about possible title contention were heating up. Carmont took away Philippou's striking by grounding the fighter for the majority of three rounds, earning a unanimous decision victory.

Though both of these fighters are strikers by trade, I don't see this fight being won on the feet. Rockhold is a well-rounded fighter and will take advantage of his ground skills. He will use his striking ability to set up the take down and ground-and-pound his way to a decision against Philippou.

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UFC Fight Night 35 Predictions

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The UFC will make its way to Georgia on Wednesday as UFC Fight Night 35 storms the arena at Gwinnett Center. Though the card is not stacked, which televised cards rarely are, it possesses some of the more underrated talents on the UFC roster. The card is headlined by a middleweight bout between two fighters looking to rebound after losses (Luke Rockhold and Costas Philippou).

Rockhold received a rude awakening in his UFC debut. He was on the wrong end of a spinning heel kick and suffered his first career loss at the hands of No. 1 contender Vitor Belfort. Prior to the loss, he was undefeated against suspect competition (with the exception of Ronaldo Souza). He is also the former Strikeforce middleweight champion.

For Philippou, he was riding a nice streak and had finally begun to put his name into the middleweight title talk. Then he met Francis Carmont. It was during that bout that some of Philippou’s weaknesses were exposed. A boxer by nature, Philippou was grounded for most of the fight and lost by unanimous decision. Prior to the Carmont loss, he had defeated Tim Boetsch.

In the co-main event, Lorenz Larkin meets Brad Tavares in another middleweight bout. Both fighters are terribly underrated. Larkin was undefeated in Strikeforce and held a victory of Robbie Lawler. His first loss came at UFC on Fox 7 at the hands of Carmont. Since then he has beaten Chris Camozzi.

Tavares defeated Bubba McDaniel at UFC Fight 27 by decision. His lone loss is to Aaron Simpson. In the UFC, most of his fights have gone to the judges’ scorecards. The only fight that did not was his first KO of Phil Baroni in 2011.

The card will also have a bantamweight matchup between T.J. Dillashaw and Mike Easton, a flyweight bout between John Morag and Dustin Ortiz and much more. With that said, here are the main card predictions for UFC Fight Night 35:

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Cole Miller defeats Sam Sicilia by decision

Miller
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This is really a tossup fight for both men. Cole Miller’s career has been up and down for the past three years, and he hasn’t been that successful lost two fights in a row to Rony Mariano Bezzera and Maximo Blanco. Sam Sicilia seems to be more well-rounded than Miller, but Miller can submit the younger fighter if the fight goes to the ground.

Because of his overall experience, the nod goes to Miller. He will most likely attempt to get the fight to the ground and I can see him achieving that. Once there he might be able to smother Sicilia or submit him. Either way, I see Miller taking the victory.

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John Moraga submits Dustin Ortiz

Moraga
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Lasting almost five full rounds with Demetrious Johnson is impressive by any standard. Though dominated for the majority of the fight, John Moraga showed heart by battling it out until the bitter end. Moraga is a decent striker with above average submission skills and has potential to be a future contender for the flyweight strap.

Little is known about Dustin Ortiz except for what we saw when he fought Jose Tome. He won that bout by TKO. He is a strong wrestler, so he will more than likely attempt to take the fight to the ground. I don’t see that happening.

Moraga will be prepared for the wrestling game of Ortiz after having just fought one of the best wrestlers in the division in Johnson. Moraga will allow the fight to go to the ground on his terms, where he will submit Ortiz in the second round.

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Yoel Romero knocks out Derek Brunson

Yoel
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Yoel Romero vs. Derek Brunson is another toss up fight, but one that could produce fireworks. If both men keep the fight standing, this has the potential to produce a knock out of the night. If that is the case, Romero will be the one coming out on the winning end.

Romero has won all six of his fights by KO/TKO and after Wednesday night it will be seven. Romero wins by first round KO.

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T.J. Dillashaw beats Mike Easton by decision

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Jason Silva-USA Today Sports

If both men are aggressive in this fight, the bout could steal the show for the two flyweight fighters. T.J. Dillashaw is a talented young fighter. He was steamrolling through opponents following his loss to John Dodson at the Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale. Mike Easton always brings the fight to his opponent, but has fallen on the short end of decisions as of late (losing his past two fights in a row). Following Wednesday night, he will be on a three-fight losing skid.

Dillashaw is too talented and well-conditioned for Easton and will defeat him by decision. Easton has a tendency to fade late in fights and he will do the same Wednesday.

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Lorenz Larkin knocks out Brad Tavares in 3rd round

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This is a fight between two young, up-and-coming middleweights. Both Lorenz Larkin and Brad Tavares are overlooked in a division quickly becoming deep with talent. Larkin was rarely mentioned when he made the crossover from Strikeforce, an organization in which he was undefeated. He defeated Chris Camozzi by unanimous decision in his last outing. Tavares continued to impress during his last bout when he defeated MMA veteran Bubba McDaniel. His only MMA career loss came to Aaron Simpson in 2011.

Though both fighters will want to keep the fight standing, I don't see this being a slugfest. Both men will more than likely pick and choose their shots. In the end, it will be Larkin catching Tavares late in the third for a knock out victory.

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Luke Rockhold outlast Costas Philippou

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Finally, the main event of the evening between two possible title contenders in the middleweight division. Luke Rockhold vs. Costas Philippou is a very intriguing matchup. While in Strikeforce, Rockhold didn't shy away from his true feelings about his opponents. He always wanted to fight the best inside the UFC. When he got that chance, he was knocked out in the first round by Vitor Belfort. It was only the second time Rockhold lost.

Philippou was on a great streak prior to his last fight. Going into the Francis Carmont fight, he was riding a five-fight win streak and talks about possible title contention were heating up. Carmont took away Philippou's striking by grounding the fighter for the majority of three rounds, earning a unanimous decision victory.

Though both of these fighters are strikers by trade, I don't see this fight being won on the feet. Rockhold is a well-rounded fighter and will take advantage of his ground skills. He will use his striking ability to set up the take down and ground-and-pound his way to a decision against Philippou.


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