The UFC showcases its lighter weight classes with no heavy or light heavy weight matches. Short descriptions... sorry.
Card and Picks:
Luke Caudillo Vs. Nate Mohr (Lightweight)
Luke is a former VFC fighter, who did OK there, he most recently fought at the Ring of Fire event in Denver, beating Denis Davis by split decision. He fights out of MFS North Platte, and has a record of 15 - 8. This is his first fight in the UFC.
Nate Mohr lost to a nasty, nasty Kurt Pellegreno ankle lock in his UFC debut. He fights out of Cedar Falls, IA, and has a record of 8-4.
This is kind of an inter school fight as both guys fight out of loosely associated MFS schools. Luke obviously has the experience, but Nate has that first UFC fight out of the way, not a small advantage. I never cared much for Luke, his style has not impressed me, and he always seemed to be just a bit better than his opponent. Luke is not very skilled on the ground getting tapped out 6 out of his 8 losses (twice by Alonzo Martinez). Both guys are G&P specialists, and I have to say that Nate wins this one. Nate by decision.
Anthony Johnson Vs. Chad Reiner (Welterweight)
Anthony is 3-0 and fights out of Chute Boxe - CA. This is his first fight in the UFC.
Chad trains with me. He lost his last fight to Josh Burkman by decision, but made an excellent showing for himself. He is 18-3.
Chad has the experience. He has had his first fight in the UFC already. Anthony will be jittery, but he is no slouch. He is known for strong kickboxing and decent ground work, he beat a Gracie-Barra - CA fighter by split decision in his last fight. This will be a back and forth battle, with both guys taking damage, but I think that Chad's conditioning will prove to be the deciding factor. Chad by decision
Jeff Cox Vs. Gleison Tibau (Lightweight)
Jeff Cox fights out of the Strong Style Fight Team, and has some bigger show experience. He fought in a few Cage Warriors events in England. His record is 9-3. This is his first UFC fight.
Gleision is an ATT fighter who has not found any luck in the UFC, loosing first to Nate Diaz by KO then by decision to Jason Dent. His overall record is 9-4.
Gleison is from the better team, has the experience in the big shows, has fought the better opposition, and has the coolest name. Gleison by RNC first round.
Tamdan McCrory Vs. Pete Spratt (Welterweight)
Tamdan is fresh off of a RNC win over Nuri Shakir in Cage Furry. Most of his 7 wins are by KO. He has no losses. This is his first fight in the UFC.
Pete Spratt... Anyone who fights Pete Spratt always schedules a dentist appointment for the day after the fight... because win loose or draw, you are going to need someone to put your teeth back in your head. Pete is a kickboxer with not much ground ability. He lost his last fight to Marcus Davis by ankle lock. His record over all is 15-10.
From his record, Tamdan looks like a guy who will stand with Pete Spratt... but then again why would you want to stand with Pete Spratt? Spratt will knock you FLAT!! I still think that Tamdan will try to make a name for himself by standing with Pete, and be nearly killed in the process. Pete by KO, first round!!!!
Forrest Petz Vs. Luigi Fioravanti (Welterweight)
Wow the Strong Style Fight Team is in the house!! Forrest lost his last two fights in the UFC, one by decision to Kuniyoshi Hironaka and one by RNC to Marcus Davis. His overall record is 15-4.
Luigi is an ATT fighter who lost his last fight to Jon Fitch by RNC. His overall record is 11-2
Forrest has trouble with BJJ stylists, Luigi fights out of one of the best BJJ/MMA camps in the world... You do the math. Luigi by RNC second round.
Jason Black Vs. Thiago Tavares (Lightweight)
Jason Black is a MFS fighter who was acquired by the UFC after they purchased PRIDE. His last fight there he lost by triangle to Shinya Aoki. Since then he beat Sam Jackson by choke at a small Extreme Challenge event that Monte Cox seems to put on just for MFS fighters. His record is 24-2-1. This is his first fight in the UFC.
Thiago is an ATT fighter, who won his last UFC fight by decision over Naoyuki Kotani. His overall record is 7-0, all but two of his wins are by some form of choke.
Jason is very experienced. He really has only lost one fight, he suffered a freak elbow break in his fight against Shone Carter and had to quit, but he was definitely not loosing at the time. Both guys come from great camps, and both are well rounded on their feet and on the ground, the edge going to Jason, he has more stand up experience. I say Jason by KO third round.
Jordan Radev Vs. Drew McFedries (Middleweight)
Jordan is 9-1, fighting out of Holland. Isn't that weird? This is his first fight in the UFC.
Drew is a MFS fighter who lost his last fight due to arm triangle choke (super seeker if you speak Dizona) by Martin Kampmann. He is 10-2, winning by KO.
Jordan does not look like he has fought anybody like Drew, and I think that Drew will out physical Jordan. Drew by KO second round.
Roan Carneiro Vs. Jon Fitch (Welterweight)
Roan fights out of BTT, and won his last fight, his first in the UFC, with a decision over Rich Clementi. He is 11-5
Jon won his last fight over Luigi Fioravanti by RNC. He fights out of AKA and is 14-2.
Roan seems to have trouble with heavy strikers. Jon can strike with the best of them... I go with Fitch by KO second round.
Sam Stout Vs. Spencer Fisher (Lightweight)
Sam lost to Kenny Florian by RNC the last time he was in the UFC, and has since went on to win two in his native Canada. Sam is a heavy striker, and ok on the ground. He is 12-2-1
Spence lost his last fight by KO to Hermes Franca. You really can't blame him, everybody is loosing to Hermes lately. Spencer is very good standing up and very good on the ground. He is 19-3.
The first time these guys fought Spence had about 2 days notice and had fought about a week before, at a higher weight class. Sam won a decision, but not this time. Spence by KO first round.