Preliminary Facebook fights
Diego Nunes vs. Manny Gamburyan, featherweight. Gamburyan has the heart of a lion and is fun to watch, but at the end of the day, he lacks the size or power to take out Nunes. Nunes barely lost to Kenny Flo Jo Florian, and he will climb back to the top of the featherweight division (to be the next Jose Aldo victim) starting with a victory over Manny. I expect this to be Manny’s last fight in the UFC once he takes his third consecutive loss. This fight will probably come down to a decision.
Matt Riddle vs. Luis Ramos, welterweight. Riddle is a young fighter that likes to throw wild punches. Ramos is an older guy that loses a lot of fights despite having solid fundamentals. I think the younger Riddle will land a lucky haymaker and KO Ramos.
Jacob Volkmann vs. Efrain Escudero, lightweight. I do not really care for either fighter, but Volkmann has been known to wear down opponents with his wrestling. I expect a boring fight here. Edge: Volkmann.
Dong Kyun Kim vs. Sean Pierson, welterweight. I love watching judo fighters. I give the edge to Kim in what could be an exciting matchup between a judo fighter and a wrestler.
Danny Castillo vs. Anthony Njokuani, lightweight. As long as Castillo sticks with his wrestling and does not try the stand up game, he can grind down Njokuani.
Ross Pearson vs. Junior Assunciao, featherweight. I never really thought of Pearson as a featherweight, but I think he can take down Assunciao by being patient with this punches, peppering him with a few shots, and finally unleashing a barrage.
Nam Phan vs. Jimmy Hettes, featherweight. Normally I do not pick the asian kid over the non-Asian kid in these fights, but I think that Phan can handle this guy.
Vladimir Matyushenko vs Alexander Gustaffson, light heavyweight. The Janitor is yesterday’s news. Look for Gustaffson to rip apart Matyushenko.
Johnny Hendricks vs. Jon Fitch, welterweight. A few years ago I would have taken Fitch against just about anybody. Nowadays, he has shown he can no longer compete at the highest level. Hendricks is an up and coming star with only one loss, to Rick Story. Look for the young Hendricks to assert his rise to ascension in the welterweight division.
Donald Cerrone vs. Nate Diaz. I hope the Cowboy permanently shuts up Diaz. I foresee a very good fight with Cerrone winning in a decisive manner.
Alistair Overeem vs. Brock Lesnar. Brock will not have long to shake off the cobwebs after a long period of inactivity. Overeem should be psychologically ready to fight after going through some personal issues at home. This is a match between two very large dudes, but as long as Overeem uses the savage knees and submissions to fend off Brocks’s football tackles, bum rushes, and rabbit punches, Overeem has a legitimate chance to snatch one of Brock’s appendages and snap it into a few pieces. Now that Brock has been shown that he can be knocked out, maybe Overeem can add Lesnar to his KO list after softening him up with some knees. Either way, I do not see Lesnar winning this one.