Roy Boughton vs. Emmanuel Newton

California based light-heavyweights Roy Boughton (8-2) and Emmanuel Newton (17-6-1) will meet in a Bellator 71 main card bout that is part of the 205-pound tournament quarterfinal.

Boughton, 23, is a California based mixed martial artist who fights out of Cesar Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in Concord.  Boughton made his professional debut in March 2010 and won his first four fights before suffering somewhat of a setback with two losses over his next three contests.  Boughton, who has faced experienced opponents like Murilo “Ninja” Rua (win) and Sokoudjou (loss), has since picked up victories over his last three bouts.  Prior to signing with Bellator this year, the light-heavyweight has participated in organizations like X-1, Shark Fights, and Score Fighting Series.

Newton, 28, is a California based mixed martial artist who fights out of both Reign MMA and Kings MMA in Norwalk.  The 6’1” Newton made his professional debut in November 2003 and lost three of his first five.  After struggling early on in his career, Newton went on to an unbeaten mark from August 2004 through May of 2009.  After his long unbeaten streak that totaled eleven fights, Newton lost three straight before winning his last five.  He too has faced experienced opponents like Trevor Prangley, James McSweeney and Brain Ebersole while fighting for IFL, MFC and Shark Fights.

Prediction – Newton Decision

Richard Hale vs. Beau Tribolet

Surging light-heavyweights Richard “Rare Breed” Hale (19-4-1) and Beau Tribolet (7-1) will meet in a 205-pound tournament quarterfinal bout that is positioned on the Bellator 71 main card.

Hale, 27, is an Ohio born mixed martial artist who fights out of Tempe, Arizona with the Koncrete Gym.  “Rare Breed” made his professional debut in December of 2006 and lost twice out of his first six contests.  He proceeded to win sixteen of his next eighteen bouts to earn a chance in the Bellator tournament.  The Rage in the Cage and Vendetta FC veteran is 4-1 since joining Bellator in March of 2011 and finished in the final of the season 4 Heavyweight Tournament last year.

Tribolet is a Phoenix, Arizona based mixed martial artist who has five submission finishes over his seven career victories.  Tribolet made his professional debut in November of 2008 and lost his first career fight before going on to win his next seven.  The grappling specialist has fought for Rage in the Cage and Superior Cage Combat organizations before signing with Bellator this year.  His most recent victory came last August for Superior Cage Combat defeating Chase Gormley via TKO.

Prediction – Hale Submission

Zelg Galesic vs. Atilla Vegh

Veteran mixed martial artist Zelg Galesic (11-6) will try and make a name for himself in Bellator when he meets Atilla Vegh (25-4-2) in a quarterfinal tournament bout on the BFC 71 main card.

Galesic, 33, is a Croatian born mixed martial artist who fights out of Team Trojan.  The taekwondo black belt made his professional debut in September of 2004 and won six of his first seven bouts while competing in England for Cage Rage and Urban Destruction organizations.  He won only three of his next seven fights while competing in Japan for PRIDE, Hero’s, and DREAM.  He has rebounded to win two of his last three bouts but is 0-1 in Bellator losing in the 2011 middleweight tournament quarterfinal against Alexander Shlemenko.

Vegh, 26, is a Slovakia born mixed martial artist who fights out of the Octagon Fighting Academy.  The 6’2” Vegh made his professional debut in March of 2008 and won thirteen of his first fourteen while competing in international events.  Vegh has continued to fight mostly overseas and has won his last five bouts overall.  He is 1-0 in Bellator winning an April 2012 Bellator 66 light-heavyweight qualifier over Dan Spohn.

Prediction – Galesic Decision

Travis Wiuff vs. Chris Davis

Travis Wiuff (66-14, NC), one of the most experienced fighters in the history of the sport, has seen a career resurgence and will attempt to win the Bellator light-heavyweight tournament when he meets youngster Chris Davis (10-3) in the Bellator 71 main event.

Wiuff, 34, is a Minnesota born mixed martial artist who fights out of Elite Performance.  “Diesel” made his professional debut in September 2001 and won an amazing 41 of his first 47 bouts.  Wiuff did lose five of his next nine during his IFL and PRIDE days.  Wiuff also has fought for the UFC, World Victory Road and many other notable promotions over the course of his career.  He is 2-0 for Bellator winning at BFC 55 and MFC 60 over Christian M’Pumbu and Anthony Gomez respectively.

Davis, 29, is an Alabama based mixed martial artist who fights out of Headhunters MMA.  “The Professional” made his official debut in June of 2008 and won ten of his first twelve while competing in regional promotions across the southern United States.  Davis lost in his only Bellator fight to date via TKO at BFC 38 against Christian M’Pumbu last March.

Prediction – Wiuff Decision

 

Nick Russell
ProFightingFans.com Staff Writer

Milton Vieira vs. Felipe Arantes

A second degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, Milton “Miltinho” Vieira (13-7-1) will make his UFC debut in a featherweight bout that is positioned on the preliminary card of UFC 147 against Felipe “Sertanejo” Arantes (14-4, 2 NC), who is coming off of his first promotional victory.

Vieira, 33, is a Brazil native who fights out of the Brazilian Top Team.  The BJJ specialist made his professional debut in June of 2001 and fought early in his career for multiple international organizations like M-1 Mix fight, Heroes, PRIDE, and DEEP where he won half of his first twelve bouts.  From December 2007 through June of 2011, Vieira fought back in his native country winning five of his next seven contests.  Most recently, Vieira picked up a technical submission win over Sterling Ford last August at a Strikeforce Challengers event.

Arantes is a Brazilian native who now fights out of Newark, New Jersey with the Macaco Gold Team.  The Muay-Thai black belt made his professional debut in May of 2008 and won six of his first eight while competing in his native country.  In 2009, Arantes fought a pair of bouts fighting in the United States coming up winless at 0-1, NC.  The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu purple belt spent most of 2010-11 fighting back in Brazil where he went undefeated (7-0, NC) to earn a chance in the UFC.  Arantes lost in his UFC 134 debut last August falling via unanimous decision against countrymen Yuri Alcantara, but recently earned his first win for the promotion at UFC 142 with a decision win over Antonio Carvalho.

Prediction – Vieira Decision

Wagner Campos vs. Marcos Vinicius Borges Pancini

Wagner “Galeto” Campos (11-3) will make his official octagon debut at UFC 147 against Marcos “Vina” (19-3-1) in a Facebook televised preliminary card bout that will be at 135 pounds.

“Galeto” is a Brazil native who fights out of the Gile Ribeiro Team.  The well rounded fighter made his professional debut in December 2006 and won his first six bouts before losing his first bout against UFC veteran John Lineker in 2009.  “Galeto” went on to win his next four bouts before losing back to back fights in 2011 and earning a spot on TUF Brazil.  Team Wanderlei made “Galeto” their seventh choice (13th overall) but he lost during the quarterfinals against “Pepey”

“Vina” is a Brazilian native who fights out of the Strikers House.  “Vina” made his professional debut in June of 2008 and won ten of his first thirteen.  After bouncing around the regional circuit in his native country, he went on to win nine of his next ten before earning a position on TUF Brazil.  He was chosen fifth (ninth overall) by Team Wanderlei and lost his quarterfinals round bout to Hugo Wolverine.

Prediction – Vina Decision

Thiago Perpetuo vs. Leonardo Mafra

Thiago “Bodao” Perpetuo (8-1-1) will try and make up for his TUF Brazil semifinal loss when he meets quarterfinalist Leonardo “Macarrao” Mafra (5-0) in a UFC 147 FX televised middleweight bout.

“Bodao” is a Brazil native who fights out of the Furacao Fight Team.  The Sao Paulo native made his professional debut in April of 2009 and went on to win four of his first six contests.  He ripped off a four fight winning streak, however, before earning his position on TUF Brazil.  The Max Fight, Jungle Fight, and Iron Fight Championships veteran was chosen 5th (10th overall) by Team Vitor and went on to win his quarterfinal round bout via TKO over “Massaranduba”.  He was upset in the semifinals via 1st round KO against Cezar Mutante.

“Macarrao” is also a Brazil native who fights out of the legendary Chute Boxe team.  “Macarrao” made his debut in February of 2011 and rattled off five wins in less than one year.  His last two victories have been via 1st round TKO.  Team Wanderlei made “Macarrao” their 8th pick (15th overall) and lost via submission against finalist Cezar Mutante.

Prediction – “Bodao” TKO

John Teixeira vs. Hugo Viana

John “Macapa” Teixeira (13-0-1) will attempt to use his experience to his advantage against Hugo “Wolverine” Viana (5-0) in a featherweight match-up on the FX televised preliminary card.

“Macapa”, 25, is a Brazil native who fights out of the Squadron Orlando Jr. team.  The submission specialist made his professional debut in September 2007 and has toured the Brazil regional fight circuit for about five years fighting in organizations like Iron Man Championships, Arena FC and Amazon Fight.  Prior to earning a position on TUF Brazil, “Macapa” won his last nine fights following his only career draw.  Team Wanderlei chose “Macapa” with their third choice (5th overall) and he went on to lose in the quarterfinal round via decision against Rodrigo Damm.

“Wolverine” is a Brazil native who fights out of the Champion Team.  The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu blue belt made his professional debut in May of 2010 and won three times in his first year as a professional.  He won only two bouts in 2011 while competing for regional promotions like Win Fight and Entertainment.  After fighting his way into TUF Brazil, “Wolverine” was chosen second (4th overall) by Team Vitor.  He won his quarterfinal round bout via decision over Marcos Vina and then lost his semifinal round fight via decision against Rony Jason.

Prediction – “Macapa” Decision

Delson Heleno vs. Francisco Drinaldo

Mixed Martial Arts journeyman Delson “Pe de Chumbo” Heleno (23-6) will attempt to secure his first official octagon victory when he meets Francisco “Massaranduba” Drinaldo (10-1) in a UFC 147 FX televised preliminary card bout.

Heleno, 34, is a Rio de Janeiro, Brazil native who fights out of Gracie Fusion.  “Pe de Chumbo” made his professional debut in June of 2001 and won eight of his first ten competing mostly out of Brazil.  He spent about two years from April 2006-April 2008 fighting for IFL in the United States advancing to fight for the organizations’ welterweight title.  Since breaking from the team oriented league in 2008, Heleno has won ten of his last eleven including victories over Bellator’s Waachiim Spiritwolf and Japanese standout Yuri Shirai.  After winning his most recent fight last November, Heleno was chosen second (3rd overall) by Team Wanderlei.  The submission specialist lost in his quarterfinal bout via submission against Sergio Moraes.

“Massaranduba” is a Brazilian native who fights out of the Brazilian Top Team.  Drinaldo made his professional debut in May of 2006 and won his first six bouts while fighting in regional organizations across Brazil.  His only career setback came in May of 2010 against current UFC fighter Yuri Alcantara.  The well rounded “Massaranduba” won his last four fights before earning a position on The Ultimate Fighter Brazil.  Chosen with Team Wanderlei’s fourth pick (7th overall), “Massaranduba” lost in the quarterfinal round against Thiago “Bodao” Perpetuo.

Prediction – Heleno TKO

Anistavio Mederios vs. Rodrigo Damm

Anistavio “Gasparzinho” Mederios (15-7) will attempt to settle his differences with TUF Brazil rival Rodrigo Damm (9-5) in a UFC 147 featherweight bout that is part of the FX televised preliminary card.

“Gasparzinho”, 24, is a Brazil native who fights out of both Team Nogueira and Pitbull Brothers teams.  The submission specialist made his professional debut in May of 2005 and has seen his career take ups and downs.  “Gasparzinho” won four of his first seven fights before rattling off a career long four fight winning streak.  The seven year professional has seen more success as of late winning seven of his last ten fights while competing for organizations like Shooto Brazil, Jungle Fight, and Mr. Cage.  His most recent victory took place last September at a Mr. Cage event submitting Orleans Smith.

Damm, 32, is a Brazil native who fights out of both Alliance MMA and his own Team Damm.  The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt made his professional debut in October 2004 and lost his professional debut.  After suffering a defeat in his first official action, he went on to win eight in a row including an impressive TKO over Jorge Masvidal at Sengoku 3 in June 2008.  Since his landmark victory, he has dropped four of his last five while participating for Sengoku, Jungle Fight, and Strikeforce organizations.  Damm earned his way into the TUF Brazil house and was selected fourth (8th overall) by Team Vitor.  He earned a decision victory over John Macapa in the quarterfinals before being forced out of the competition due to an injury.

Prediction – Damm Submission

Yuri Alcantara vs. Hacran Dias

The streaking Yuri Alcantara (27-3) will attempt to continue his impressive thirteen-fight winning streak at UFC 147 when he meets promotional newcomer Hacran Dias (20-1-1), who has a current eight fight winning streak, in a main card featherweight bout.

Alcantara, 31, is a Brazil born mixed martial artist who fights out of Pattaya Fight.  The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt made his professional debut in March 2004 and won eight of his first ten over the first four years of his career.  Fighting exclusively in his home country, “Marajo” lost only one bout over his following seventeen contests.  The former Leaf Combat and Jungle Fight Lightweight Champion earned his way into the WEC in late-2010 and won his only fight at WEC 53 via KO over Ricardo Lamas.  After making the transition into the UFC, Alcantara has won both of his bouts inside the octagon defeating Felipe Arantes at UFC 134 last August and Michihiro Omigawa at UFC 142 this past January.

Dias, 28, is a native of Rio de Janeirio, Brazil who fights out of the Nova Uniao team.  “Barnabe” made his professional debut in August of 2005 and went undefeated through his first thirteen bouts, all in Brazil.  His only loss came in his only bout outside of his home country dropping an M-1 Challenge 17 fight in South Korea to Yui Chul Nam.  After losing that July 2009 fight, Dias has won his last eight fights while competing for organizations like Jungle Fight, Pancrase, and Shooto Brazil.  His most recent action took place last December at Shooto Brazil 27 where he submitted Paulo Dantas.

Prediction – Alcantara TKO

Fabricio Werdum vs. Mike Russow

Heavyweight contender Fabricio Werdum (15-5-1) will attempt to take the next step towards sealing a title fight appearance at UFC 147 in the co-main event against once-beaten Mike Russow (15-1, NC).

Werdum, 34, is a Brazil native who fights out of Kings MMA.  The BJJ, Muay-Thai, and Judo black belt made his professional debut in 2002 and went undefeated through his first five bouts while competing in Brazil and England.  Werdum stepped on the big stage in 2005 when he posted four wins out of six total PRIDE FC fights in Japan.  He made the move into the UFC in 2007 and won half of his four fights before earning his pink slip.  He then won his first three in Strikeforce before losing to Alistair Overeem in June of 2011 at the Heavyweight Grand Prix Quarterfinals.  In his return to the UFC, Werdum earned a unanimous decision victory over Roy Nelson at UFC 143 this past February in a “Fight of the Night” performance.

Russow, 35, is an Illinois born mixed martial artist who fights out of Team Death Clutch in Minnesota.  The former division 1 wrestler made his professional debut in 1998 but then took eight years off before returning to action.  Overall, Russow was undefeated after his first five bouts while competing in regional organizations across Illinois.  His lone career loss came in February 2007 at PRIDE 33 where he submitted to Sergei Kharitonov.  Seven straight victories in the XFO, Adrenaline MMA, and Yarrennoka organizations earned him the opportunity to fight inside the UFC.   Beginning in 2009, Russow won all four of his bouts for the promotion.  Consecutive victories over Justin McCully, Todd Duffee, Jon Madsen, and Jon Olav-Einemo have put him in place to make a possible jump into contender status at 265 pounds.

Prediction – Werdum Submission

Godofredo de Olveira vs. Rony Mariano

Godofredo “Pepey” de Olveira (8-0) will attempt to win The Ultimate Fighter Brazil Featherweight Tournament Final when he meets Rony “Jason” Mariano (10-3) in a main card match-up.

Pepey is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt who has six submissions victories in eight career fights.  The Fortaleza, Brazil native fights out of the Marcio Fight Team.  He began his professional career in 2003 but took almost three years off before returning to action.  Pepey won only once in 2006 and 2007, but won three times in 2010 and twice in 2011.  Pepey earned a position on TUF Brazil and was chosen sixth (12th overall) by Team Belfort.  After winning his quarterfinal fight he was flipped to Team Silva and won a semifinal match-up to advance into the finals.

Jason is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt who fights out of Team Nogueira.  The submission specialist made his professional debut in 2006 and won five of his first eight bouts before getting in a groove and winning his final five fights prior to earning a spot on TUF Brazil.  Jason, who has a career victory over UFC veteran Felipe Arantes and a loss against current Featherweight contender Renan Barao, was chosen first overall by Team Silva.  He advanced into the TUF Brazil finals by defeating Gasparzinho in the quarterfinals and Hugo Wolverine in the semifinals.

Prediction – Pepey Decision

Sergio Moraes vs. Cezar Ferreira

The Ultimate Fighter Brazil Middleweight Final is set with Cezar “Mutante” Ferreira (4-2) ready to face Sergio “Serginho” Moraes (6-1) after original finalist Daniel Sarafian was forced to pull out because of an injury.

Moraes, 29, is a Sao Paulo, Brazil native who fights out of Team Nogueira and Alliance Jiu-Jitsu.  The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt made his professional debut in October 2006 and won his first five bouts including a Bellator 12 submission over American Josh Martin.  Moraes, a two time gold medalist in the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championships, lost an October 2009 bout against Brett Cooper but bounced back to win his most recent fight in March 2010.  After fighting his way into the TUF Brazil house, Moraes was chosen seventh (14th overall) by Team Vitor and defeated veteran Delson Heleno in the quarterfinals before losing to Sarafian in the semifinals.

Ferreira, 27, is a Brazilian native who fights out of Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt made his professional debut in April of 2007 and won four of his first five while competing in XFC Brazil, Bitetti Combat, and Ring of Fire promotions.  “Mutante” lost his Superior Cage Combat bout last August in Las Vegas via KO before earning a spot on TUF Brazil.  Team Vitor chose Ferreira with his first pick (2nd overall) and watched as he submitted Leonardo Macarrao in the quarterfinals and knocked out “Bodao” in the semifinals to earn his position in the final.

Wanderlei Silva vs. Rich Franklin

“The Axe Murderer” Wanderlei Silva (34-11-1, NC) will headline UFC 147 against former Middleweight Champion Rich “Ace” Franklin (28-6, NC) in a 190 pound catch weight bout.  Franklin steps in for The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil coach Vitor Belfort, who had to bow out due to an injury.

Silva, 35, is a Brazil native who fights out of his own Wand Fight Team in Las Vegas, Nevada.  “The Axe Murderer” made his professional debut in 1996 and fought in Brazil regional organizations until joining the UFC in 1998.  Silva competed on and off for the promotion until 2000 when he began competing full-time in Japan for PRIDE FC.  Silva had a very successful tenure in PRIDE until 2007, winning both the Middleweight Championship and Middleweight Grand Prix during his time in Japan.  After the organization fell on hard times, Silva returned to the UFC in 2007 and has posted three victories in seven bouts since.  Silva has seen a little more success lately winning two of his last three including a TKO win over Cung Le at UFC 139 last November.

Franklin, 37, is an Ohio born mixed martial artist who fights out of JG MMA and Team Extreme.  “Ace” made his professional debut in 1999 and went undefeated through his first twelve fights while competing for regional organizations like Extreme Challenge, Rings USA, and WEF.  His UFC career began in 2003 and has included numerous highlights.  Franklin won the Middleweight Championship in 2005 and defended his title twice.  He also earned another title fight in 2007, however was stopped by current Champ Anderson Silva.  The former Champ returned to the light-heavyweight division in 2008 and has won two of his last five over his last three years of fighting.  His most recent fight took place last February at UFC 126 losing to Forrest Griffin.

Prediction – Silva TKO

 

Nick Russell
ProFightingFans.com Staff Writer

UFC on FX 3 Preview & Predictions

Jake Hecht vs. Sean Pierson

Former University of Missouri wrestler Jake “Hitman” Hecht (11-3) will try and notch his second octagon victory at UFC on FX 3 in a preliminary card bout opposite of Canadian Sean Pierson (11-6), another welterweight trying to climb into divisional relevance.

Hecht, 28, is a St. Louis, MO born mixed martial artist who fights out of Springfield, IL with Fiore MMA.  “Hitman” made his professional debut in 2006 and lost his first career fight, however followed that with ten victories over his next eleven contests.  His only loss in that span came to fellow UFC 170 pounder Che Mills in a 2010 regional bout in England.  In his UFC 140 debut last December, Hecht defeated Rich Attonito via TKO.  His quest for back to back victories was snuffed when TJ Waldburger submitted him 55 seconds into their UFC on FX 2 bout this past March.

Pierson, 36, is a Toronto, Ontario, Canada native who fights with the Grant Brothers MMA team in his home city.  The purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu made his professional debut in 1999 winning only five of his first nine while competing for Canadian regional promotions like TKO, HCF, UCC and IFC.  He found his way into the UFC in December 2010 and won his UFC 124 debut by unanimous decision over Matt Riddle.  Since winning his octagon debut over a year and a half ago, Pierson has dropped back to back bouts losing to Jake Ellenberger last April at UFC 129 and losing to Dong-Hyun Kim at UFC 141 this past December.

Prediction – Pierson TKO

 

Henry Martinez vs. Bernardo Magalhaes

Relative newcomer Henry Martinez (8-2) will attempt to pick up his first win inside the octagon when he meets UFC sophomore Bernardo Magalhaes (11-2) in a UFC on FX 3 preliminary card bout that will be fought at 155 pounds.

Martinez, 28, is a New Mexico based mixed martial artist who fights out of Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts in Albuquerque.  Martinez made his professional debut in 2006 and won his first four bouts while competing on the regional circuit in Hawaii, Colorado, and New Mexico.  His first career loss came at an early Bellator FC bout in 2009.  After suffering that loss, he rebounded to win his next four bouts while fighting mostly in Jackson’s MMA series events and earned a UFC contract.  In his UFC 143 debut this past February; Martinez was outpointed by Matthew Riddle in a split decision loss.

Magalhaes, 30, is a Brazilian native who fights out of Australia with the TP Fight Team.  Magalhaes, a submission specialist, made his professional debut in 2007 and won eleven of his first twelve bouts, including the Cage FC Championship, while fighting in Australia.  His successful streak earned him the opportunity to fight on the big stage in the UFC.  In his February UFC on Fuel TV debut, Magalhaes was defeated on the scorecards via unanimous decision against Tim Means.

Prediction – Magalhaes Submission

 

Buddy Roberts vs. Caio Magalhaes

Promotional newcomers Buddy Roberts (11-2) and Brazilian Caio Magalhaes (5-0) will meet in a UFC on FX 3 preliminary card bout that will be fought at 205 pounds.

Roberts, 29, is an Albuquerque, New Mexico based mixed martial artist who fights out of Jackson’s MMA.  The 6’2” Roberts made his professional debut in 2007 and won six of his first eight in regional competition.  After suffering his second career loss, Roberts rebounded and won his next five fights to earn a chance to prove himself in the UFC.  Among the opponents that Roberts defeated over his career include notables BJ Lacy and Tony Lopez.

Magalhaes, 24, is a Brazilian native who fights out of the Dragon Fight and Nova Uniao fight teams.  The grappling specialist made his professional debut in 2009 and he has won all five of his bouts up to this point in his career.  Magalhaes has appeared in Brazilian regional promotions like Shooto Brazil, Amazon Fight and Iron Man Championships.  His most recent action took place this past December at Shoot Brazil where he earned a split decision victory over Ismael de Jesus.

Prediction – Roberts TKO

 

Tim Means vs. Justin Salas

A preliminary bout on the UFC on FX 3 card will take place between successful octagon sophomores Tim “The Dirty Bird” Means (17-3-1) and Justin “J-Bomb” Salas (10-3).  The fight will take place in the always competitive lightweight division.

Means is an Oklahoma born mixed martial artist who fights out of the Albuquerque, New Mexico based Fit NHB.  “The Dirty Bird” made his professional debut in 2004 and won nine of his first thirteen bouts competing primarily in notable organizations like King of the Cage, Ring of Fire and IFC.  Means was victorious over his last seven fights prior to joining the UFC early on in this year.  In his UFC on Fuel TV debut this February, Means earned a unanimous decision victory over fellow rookie Bernardo Magalhaes.

Salas is a Wyoming born mixed martial artist who now fights out of Colorado at the Grudge Training Center.  “J-Bomb” made his professional debut in 2006 and won four of his first seven bouts competing on the Colorado regional circuit.  Salas hasn’t lost since suffering his third career defeat in 2009 winning five in a row before earning a UFC opportunity early in 2012.  In his UFC on Fuel TV debut in early February, Salas picked up a unanimous decision victory over fellow promotional rookie Anton Kuivanen.

Prediction – Salas TKO

 

Dustin Pague vs. Jared Papazian

The Ultimate Fighter 14 semifinalist Dustin Pague (10-5) will be in search of his first official UFC victory at UFC on FX 3 when he meets fellow promotional sophomore Jared Papazian (14-7, NC) in a preliminary card bout in the bantamweight division.

Pague, 24, is a Pennsylvania born mixed martial artist who now splits his training at the Virginia based Disciple MMA and the Tapout Ranch in New Mexico.  “The Disciple” made his professional debut in 2008 and won only five of his first nine contests competing in small events across Pennsylvania and North Carolina.  After struggling early on, Pague got back on track and won five straight fights fighting in regional organizations along the east coast.  His TUF 14 spot was earned after fighting his way into the house through the elimination round.  While on the show, Pague defeated Louis Gaudinot in the quarterfinals before losing to TJ Dillashaw in the semis.  At the events’ Live Finale this past December, Pague lost via TKO against John Albert via 1st round TKO.

Papazian, 24, is a California based mixed martial artist who fights out of Gracie Barra Encino in Encino, CA.  The Muay-Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu specialist made his professional debut in 2008 and won only half of his first twelve bouts.  He continued to fight on the regional circuit in California and turned his fortunes around winning eight of his next nine including the King of the Cage Flyweight Title in 2011.  His resurgence earned him a chance to fight in the UFC’s octagon, however Papazian lost at his UFC on FX debut this past January via majority decision against Mike Easton.

Prediction – Papazian Decision

 

Leonard Garcia vs. Matt Grice

Former WEC standout Leonard “Bad Boy” Garcia (15-8-1) is attempting to make a name for himself in the UFC at UFC on FX 3 in a preliminary card bout against fellow featherweight Matt Grice (14-4).

Garcia, 32, is a Texas native who fights out of New Mexico with Jackson’s MMA.  “Bad Boy” made his professional debut in 1999 and won nine of his first ten to earn his first opportunity inside the UFC.  After losing two of his first three inside the octagon in 2007, Garcia transitioned into the WEC.  From February 2008 through September 2010 Garcia posted a 4-3-1 mark under the WEC banner.  When the WEC was absorbed into the UFC, Garcia rejoined the organization, however hasn’t had much luck.  He has again lost two of three inside the octagon including back to back bouts.  His most recent loss came at UFC 136 last October losing a decision to journeyman Nam Phan.

Grice, 30, is an Oklahoma based mixed martial artist who fights out of Harrah with Mad Squabbles.  The well rounded Grice made his professional debut in 2005 and won his first nine fights while competing in Oklahoma and Texas in regional events.  The UFC called him up in 2007, but Grice struggled losing three of his four fights from April 2007 through July 2009.  The Oklahoma native quickly got back on track winning four straight following his release from the UFC.  Grice earned a return trip into the UFC last year but was defeated in his UFC Live bout via TKO against Ricardo Lamas.

Prediction – Garcia Submission

 

Mike Pierce vs. Carlos Eduardo Rocha

Hard hitting Mike Pierce (13-5) will attempt to get back his contender status when he meets German based Carlos Eduardo Rocha (9-1) in a UFC on FX preliminary card bout that will be fought at 170 pounds.

Pierce, 31, is an Oregon born mixed martial artist who fights out of Portland at the Sports Lab Fight Team.  The former Portland State University wrestler made his professional MMA debut in 2007 and won eight of his first ten while competing in Northwest based regional promotions as well as one bout in the WEC.  Pierce made his way into the UFC in late 2009 and won four of his first five under the UFC banner defeating opponents like Brock Larson, Amilcar Alves, Kenny Robertson, and Julio Paulino.  Since his successful streak, Pierce has hit a bump in the road losing two of his last three.  His most recent action took place this past February at UFC 143 losing via split decision against perennial contender Josh Koscheck.

Rocha, 30, is a Brazilian born mixed martial artist who now fights out of Hamburg, Germany with Darcio Lira Jiu-Jitsu.  The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt made his professional debut in 2008 and won his first eight fights while competing exclusively in Germany.  His seven submission finishes over his first eight bouts was enough to earn him a UFC opportunity in late 2010.  Rocha won his UFC 122 debut with a submission finish of Kris McCray but was defeated at UFC 126 this past February via split decision courtesy of Jake Ellenberger.

Prediction – Pierce Decision

 

Seth Baczynski vs. Lance Benoist

The Ultimate Fighter 11 participant Seth Baczynski (15-6) will look to continue his post-TUF resurgence in a UFC on FX 3 preliminary card bout versus Lance Benoist (6-0) in a welterweight bout.

Baczynski, 30, is a Hawaii born mixed martial artist who fights out of Power MMA and Fitness in Arizona.  The well-rounded Baczynski made his professional debut in 2006 and won eleven of his first sixteen while fighting in multiple regional organizations across the United States.  His first career break came as an injury replacement on The Ultimate Fighter 11, however after connecting on an illegal kick; Baczynski was ousted in his first fight on the show.  UFC officials made the rematch at the TUF 11 finale, but the result was the same, Baczynski lost once again.  He was released after his finale loss, but back to back victories in regional events earned him a return trip in 2011.  Since returning to the UFC in late 2011, Baczynski has won back to back bouts defeating Clay Harvison at UFC Fight Night 25 and then submitting Matt Brown at UFC 139 last November.

Benoist, 23, is a St. Louis, MO based mixed martial artist who fights out of SCMMA/Vaghi.  The BJJ purple belt made his professional debut in January 2010 and won five straight to begin his career while fighting in mid-level events across Missouri, Iowa, and Illinois.  Benoist made his way into the UFC in 2011 picking up his sixth straight victory at UFC Fight Night 25 with a decision over Matt Riddle.

Prediction – Baczynski Submission

 

Eddie Wineland vs. Scott Jorgensen

Longtime WEC standouts Eddie Wineland (18-8-1) and Scott Jorgensen (13-5) will meet in a UFC on FX 3 main card bantamweight bout.

Wineland, 27, is a Texas born mixed martial artist who now fights out of Chicago with New Breed Academy.  Wineland made his professional debut in 2003 and won ten of his first fifteen while competing in regional organizations across Indiana and Illinois.  The knockout specialist fought in the WEC from 2006-2010 posting a 5-2 mark before the organization was absorbed into the UFC.  Since coming into the UFC Wineland has dropped back to back bouts, first losing to Urijah Faber at UFC 128 last March and then most recently against Joseph Benavidez at UFC Live in August 2011.

Jorgensen, 29, is a Utah born mixed martial artist who fights out of Idaho with Combat Fitness.  The former Division I wrestler made his professional MMA debut in 2006 and won four of his first five fighting mostly for Ring of Fire organization.  He joined the WEC in 2008 and stayed with the company until late in 2010.  While with the WEC, Jorgensen won seven of his ten bouts including five of his last six.  He also won his first two in the UFC defeating Ken Stone and Jeff Curran before losing this past February at UFC 143 via decision against Renan Barao.

Prediction – Wineland Decision

 

Mike Pyle vs. Josh Neer

Two of the UFC’s most experienced fighters will go at it in a UFC on FX 3 main card bout when Mike “Quicksand” Pyle (22-8-1) meets Josh “The Dentist” Neer (33-10-1) in a welterweight bout.

Pyle, 36, is a Tennessee born mixed martial artist who now fights out of Las Vegas, NV at Xtreme Couture.  “Quicksand” made his professional debut in 1999 and won seventeen of his first twenty-three bouts while fighting both on the regional events as well as bigger organizations like Strikeforce, IFL, Affliction, WEC, and Elite XC.  Pyle was brought into the UFC in 2009 and lost two of his first three under the Zuffa banner.  Since a bumpy start to his octagon career, Pyle has caught his stride and won four of his last five inside the octagon.  His most recent win came at UFC 142 this past January where he knocked out Ricardo Funch in the 1st round.

Neer, 29, is an Iowa born mixed martial artist who fights out of Miletich Martial Arts in Des Moines.  “The Dentist” made his professional debut in 2003 and won thirteen of his first fifteen while competing mostly on the Iowa regional circuit.  Neer was first brought into the UFC in 2005 but won only twice out of his five appearances.  He was released and had to fight his way back into the organization by winning six of seven bouts on the small regional stage.  Neer was welcomed back in 2008 and again won only twice out of five fights before being released a second time.  Similar to his last release from the organization, Neer had to win six of seven on the regional circuit to earn a third stint in the UFC.  This time he has won back to back fights defeating Keith Wisniewski at UFC Live last October and then submitted Duane Ludwig at UFC on FX in January.

Prediction – Pyle TKO

 

Erick Silva vs. Charlie Brenneman

Brazilian Erick Silva (13-2) will bring his exciting style of fighting to the UFC on FX 3 main card against wrestling based Charlie Brenneman (15-3) in a welterweight clash.

Silva, 27, is a Brazil based mixed martial artist who fights out of Team Nogueira.  The Judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu specialist made his professional debut in 2005 and won 12 of his first 14 while competing on the regional fight circuit in Brazil.  The former Jungle Fight Welterweight Champion made his way into the UFC in 2011 and was victorious at UFC 134 with a KO over Luis Ramos.  He was defeated at UFC 142 via DQ against Carlo Prater after hitting him in the back of the head.

Brenneman is a Pennsylvania born mixed martial artist who fights out of New Jersey with the AMA Fight Club.  The former wrestler made his professional debut in 2007 and won 11 of his first 12 while competing across PA and New Jersey.  Brenneman was brought into the UFC in 2010 winning three of his first four including an upset victory over Rick Story in June 2011.  Brenneman has split his last pair of bouts in the UFC losing against Anthony Johnson last October and defeating Daniel Roberts in January at UFC on FX.

Prediction – Silva TKO

 

Demetrious Johnson vs. Ian McCall

A Flyweight Tournament Semifinal rematch between Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson (14-2-1) and Ian “Uncle Creepy” McCall (11-2-1) will serve as the main event at UFC on FX 3 for a chance to fight for the 125 pound title.

Johnson, 25, is a Kentucky born mixed martial artist who fights out of Washington with AMC Pankration.  “Mighty Mouse” made his professional debut in 2007 and went unbeaten through his first ten bouts while competing in the regional events across Washington.  Johnson was brought into the WEC in 2010 and lost his first bout there before quickly rebounding to win his last two for the organization.  He then made his UFC debut in 2011 and won his first two inside the octagon to earn a UFC title shot.  His title shot was competitive but he lost a decision against Dominick Cruz at UFC Live in October 2011.  His last fight was his majority draw with McCall this past March at UFC on FX.

McCall, 27, is a California based mixed martial artist who fights out of Team Oyama.  The purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu made his professional debut in 2002 and won his first five competing in California, Hawaii and Mexico.  McCall tried his hand in the WEC but lost two of three from 2007-09 as a bantamweight.  He dropped to Flyweight in 2011 and won three straight fights and became the Tachi Palace Fights Flyweight Champion the same year.  Once the UFC adopted Flyweights, McCall was brought in for the tournament.  At UFC on FX this past March, McCall fought Johnson to a majority draw.

Prediction – Johnson Decision

John Albert vs. Erik Perez

The Ultimate Fighter 14 competitor John “Prince” Albert (7-2) will attempt to get back in the winner’s circle at the TUF Live Finale when he meets promotional rookie Erik Perez (10-4) in a preliminary card bantamweight bout.

Albert, 25, is a Reno, Nevada born mixed martial artist who now fights out of Washington with Victory Athletics.  “Prince” made his professional debut in March 2007 and went on to win his first six bouts before losing his first career contest prior to entering the TUF 14 competition.  After clinching his spot inside the house, Albert was chosen by Team Bisping and was defeated by eventual winner John Dodson in the quarterfinals of the competition.  He was awarded a bout in the December 2011 TUF 14 finale where he took advantage and came up with a TKO victory over fellow housemate Dustin Pague.  In his follow up bout this February at UFC on Fuel TV, Albert was submitted by Ivan Menjivar in the first round of their preliminary card bout.

Perez, 22, is a Mexican born mixed martial artist who fights out of Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts in New Mexico.  “El Goyito” made his professional debut in 2008 and lost back to back bouts to begin his career.  Perez bounced back to win his next five bouts while competing on the regional circuit.  He hit another roadblock in 2010 when he dropped back to back bouts for a second time in his career, but once again bounced back to put together an impressive five fight winning streak.  His most recent win came by unanimous decision at BAMMA 8 this past December defeating Paul McVeigh.

Prediction – Albert TKO

 

Jeremy Larsen vs. Joe Proctor

Team Cruz’s Jeremy Larsen (8-2, NC) will attempt to right his early round loss in the TUF: Live tournament when he meets quarterfinalist Team Faber’s Joe Proctor (7-1) in a Live Finale preliminary card bout that will be contested at 155 pounds.

Larsen is an Arizona based mixed martial artist who has been competing as a professional for over five years.  Larsen made his debut in late 2006 and has won eight of his eleven career fights.  A veteran of Rage in the Cage, Cage Supremacy, and Trilogy FC promotions, Larsen lost his only contest in January 2011 via submission against TUF winner and UFC veteran Efrain Escudero.  Since his loss, the 5’10” Larsen has won back to back bouts in the Trilogy FC organization near Phoenix, AZ.  The 8th pick by Team Cruz lost during the first round following the preliminary contests, falling via decision to finalist Mike Chiesa.

Proctor is a Massachusetts based mixed martial artist who fights out of Team Aggression in Bridgewater.  Proctor made his professional debut in 2008 and won his first four before losing a November 2011 bout in his home state.  Since suffering his only career loss, Proctor has rebounded to win his last three fights.  A veteran of regional organizations Reality Fighting, AFO, and FFP, the 5’10” submission specialist was chosen fourth by Team Faber during the draft.  An impressive submission victory over Chris Tickle in the first round advanced him into the quarterfinals where he lost to James Vick via decision.

Prediction – Proctor Submission

Cristiano Marcello vs. Sam Sicilia

A pair of TUF Live participants will go at it in the live finale when Team Faber’s Cristiano Marcello (12-3) battles with Sam Sicilia (10-1) of Team Cruz in a lightweight scrap on the preliminary card.

Marcello is a Brazilian native who fights out of the legendary Chute Boxe academy where he holds a fourth degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  The 5’9” Marcello won twelve of his first fifteen while competing in Brazil, Japan, Korea and the United States for organizations like MARS, Art of War and PRIDE.  Prior to earning a position on TUF Live, Marcello won his final three bouts.  He was then selected by Team Faber fourth overall.  Marcello fought tough in his preliminary round bout but was ultimately knocked out by Justin Lawrence.

Sicilia is a Spokane, Washington based mixed martial artist who fights out of the Sikjitsu team.  Sicilia made his professional debut in September 2007 and won four bouts before suffering his first career defeat.  Bouncing back from his first career defeat, Sicilia won his final six bouts before earning his way into the TUF Live house.  A veteran of regional promotions like Square Ring Promotions, Conquest of the Cage, and Ringside Ticket was chosen third overall by Team Cruz and was defeated by Chris Saunders in the opening round of the TUF Live tournament.

Prediction – Marcello Submission

Myles Jury vs. Chris Saunders

Undefeated Team Cruz prospect Myles Jury (9-0) will make his first post-TUF Live appearance in the live finale against Team Faber’s Chris Saunders (9-2) in lightweight action on the preliminary card.

Jury, 23, is a Michigan native who fights out of The Arena team.  The 5’11” Jury made his professional MMA debut in 2005 before taking nearly three years off of competition.  He returned in late 2008 and won his next eight bouts.  The Shooto, King of the Cage, and XCC veteran picked up his most recent victory in September 2010 in a KOTC event submitting Sam Oropeza in the 1st round.  Jury earned his way into the TUF Live show and was chosen by Team Cruz with their third pick (5th overall).  He was defeated by Al Iaquinta in the preliminary round via split decision.

Saunders, 26, is a California native who fights out of All in MMA in Buena Park.  The three year professional won nine of his first ten bouts while fighting in regional organizations like Battle in the Ballroom and Long Beach Fight Night.  In his most recent fight, Saunders lost a decision to UFC veteran Chris Horodecki at Bellator 47 in July 2011.  After fighting his way onto TUF Live, Saunders was chosen by Team Faber as the 16th pick overall.  He defeated Sam Sicilia by split decision in the preliminary round before losing to Vinc Pichel in the quarterfinals.

Prediction – Jury Decision

Daron Cruickshank vs. Chris Tickle

Team Faber’s Daron Cruickshank (10-2) will attempt to earn himself a long term UFC contract when he meets Team Cruz’ Chris Tickle (7-4) in a TUF Live Finale lightweight bout that is positioned on the preliminary card.

Cruickshank, 26, is a Michigan native who fights out of Wayne, MI with the MASH Fight Team.  The former division III wrestler made his professional MMA debut in late-2009 and won six of his first eight while fighting mostly for King of the Cage.  Prior to making his way onto TUF Live, Cruickshank won his last four fights.  Once fighting his way past the elimination round on TUF 15, Cruickshank was chosen by Team Faber with the 6th overall pick.  During the preliminary round he was knocked out by James Vick.

Tickle, 30, is an Illinois born mixed martial artist who fights out of One Step Fitness.  The kickboxing specialist made his professional MMA debut in 2008 and won only twice out of his first six bouts.  Tickle remained the course and rebounded with five straight victories, including four via KO, before earning a place on TUF Live.  The Illinois and Iowa regional fighter was chosen thirteenth overall by Team Cruz and lost his fight during the preliminary round via submission against Joe Proctor.

Prediction – Cruickshank TKO

Justin Lawrence vs. John Cofer

TUF Live’s first overall pick Justin Lawrence (3-0) will attempt to secure a UFC contract when he meets Team Faber’s John Cofer (7-1) in a lightweight bout that will be part of the TUF Live Finale main card.

Lawrence, 22, is a Missouri native who fights out of Blackhouse MMA in Los Angeles, CA.  The well rounded Lawrence made his professional debut in 2010 and won all of his first three bouts while competing for regional events in Missouri and Ohio as well as one bout for Strikeforce.  Once fighting his way into the TUF Live house, Lawrence was chosen first overall by Team Cruz and picked up a victory over jiu-jitsu specialist Cristiano Marcello via KO in the preliminary round.  In the quarterfinals however, Lawrence’s momentum was stopped with a TKO loss t Mike Chiesa.

Cofer is an Athens, Georgia native who fights out of the Hardcore Gym.  The 5’9” Cofer made his professional debut in 2008 and won three bouts before losing his first bout via TKO in February 2010.  The submission specialist rebounded by winning his next four bouts and was chosen to appear on TUF Live.  Team Faber made Cofer their sixth pick (12th overall) and lost to Vinc Pichel by submission during the preliminary round.

Prediction – Lawrence Decision

Jonathan Brookins vs. Charles Oliveira

The Ultimate Fighter 12 winner Jonathan Brookins (13-4) will attempt to make it two in a row at 145 pounds when he meets Charles “Da Bronx” Oliveira (15-2, NC) in a TUF Live main card bout.

Brookins, 26, is an Oregon born mixed martial artist who fights out of Orlando, Florida with the Gracie Barra Orlando team.  The submission specialist made his professional debut in 2006 and won eight of his first ten while competing across regional organizations in Florida, Texas, and Hawaii.  After only one WEC bout, which he lost via TKO against Jose Aldo, Brookins rebounded to win his next three bouts before earning a spot on TUF 12.  After being chosen by Team GSP, Brookins went on to eventually win the competition by defeating Michael Johnson by decision.  After the TUF 12 finale, Brookins dropped to featherweight and lost his first bout at UFC Fight Night 25 against Erik Koch.  He rebounded in his most recent fight at UFC on Fuel TV by knocking out Vagner Rocha this past February.

Oliveira, 22, is a Brazilian born mixed martial artist who now fights out of Houston, Texas with Bronx’s Gold Team USA.  The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt made his professional debut in 2008 and won his first twelve bouts while competing in regional events in his native Brazil.  In August 2010 Oliveira was brought into the UFC and won his first two inside the octagon by defeating Darren Elkins and Efrain Escudero.  With an undefeated record after fourteen bouts, he went winless over his next three bouts under the UFC banner.  In a must-win situation, Oliveira submitted Eric Wisely at UFC on Fox this past January.

Prediction – Brookins TKO

Max Holloway vs. Pat Schilling

Two of the organizations youngest competitors will be featured in a TUF: Live Finale main card bout as Max Holloway (4-1) meets Pat Schilling (5-1) for a chance to advance in the featherweight division.

Holloway, 20, is a Hawaii born mixed martial artist who fights out of Waianae, HI.  The youngest fighter currently in the UFC began competing as a professional in 2010 and picked up four quick victories while fighting on the regional circuit in his native island.  The X-1 veteran faced top contender Dustin Poirier in his UFC 143 debut in February and was submitted 3:23 into his bout for his first career loss.

Schilling, 23, is a Minnesota based mixed martial artist who fights out of Ambition MMA.  “Thrilling” made his debut in January 2010 and won his first five bouts while fighting mostly in the Midwest United States regional circuit.  Four straight submission finishes were strong enough to earn him a UFC contract this year.  In his UFC on FX debut this January, Schilling was submitted with a rear naked choke at 1:37 of the 1st round of his debut against Daniel Pineda.

Prediction – Holloway Decision

Jonathan Brookins vs. Charles Oliveira

The Ultimate Fighter 12 winner Jonathan Brookins (13-4) will try and build off his recent knockout victory when he meets Charles Oliveira (15-2, NC) in a TUF Live Finale main card bout contested in the featherweight division.

Brookins, 26, is an Oregon born mixed martial artist who fights out of Gracie Barra in Orlando, Florida.  The submission specialist made his professional debut in July of 2006 and won eight of his first ten while earning experience on the Florida regional fight circuit.  His impressive start earned him a WEC bout opposite Jose Aldo in November of 2008.  At WEC 36, Brookins was defeated by TKO and soon left the organization.  He followed his WEC loss with three straight victories including one for Bellator before earning a position on TUF 12.  After fighting his way into the house, Brookins was chosen by Team GSP and completed his sweep with a TUF 12 Finale victory over Michael Johnson.  Brookins left the lightweight division after losing to Eric Koch at UFC Fight Night 25 last September.  In his return to 145, Brookins looked refreshed and earned a KO victory over Vagner Rocha at UFC on Fuel TV this February.

Oliveira, 22, is a Brazilian born mixed martial artist who now fights out of Houston, TX with Bronx’s Gold Team USA.  The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt made his professional debut in March of 2008 and went 12-0 while spending two years fighting in his native country.  Oliveira was brought into the UFC in August 2010 and won his first two bouts inside the octagon submitting both Darren Elkins and Efrain Escudero.  Oliveira went winless over his next three fights that included losses to Jim Miller and Donald Cerrone and a no contest against Nik Lentz.  After his 0-2, NC run, Oliveira dropped to 145 and picked up a submission win over Eric Wisely at UFC on Fox 2 this past January.

Prediction – Oliveira Decision

Mike Chiesa vs. Al Iaquinta

Team Faber’s fifth choice Mike Chiesa (7-0) will try and become the TUF Live lightweight winner, however he will have to defeat hard hitting and fellow Team Faber teammate Al Iaquinta (5-1-1) in a TUF Live Finale co-main event.

Chiesa, 24, is a Washington born mixed martial artist who fights out of the Fancy Pants Fight Team in Spokane.  The undefeated submission specialist made his professional debut in 2008 and won all seven of his bouts while competing in regional events in Idaho, Washington, Canada with organizations like Cage Sport and Lords of the Cage.  Chiesa was chosen by Team Faber with their fifth choice and defeated Jeremy Larsen, Justin Lawrence, and James Vick to land in the tournament final.

Iaquinta, 25, is a New York born mixed martial artist who fights out of the Serra Longo Fight Team.  The purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu made his professional debut in 2009 and went undefeated through his first six fights while competing for Ring of Combat.  Iaquinta was defeated in his last bout before earning his way into TUF Live.  On the show, he was chosen as the 1st pick by Team Faber and defeated Myles Jury, Andy Ogle, Vinc Pichel to punch his ticket into the final.

Prediction – Chiesa Decision

Jake Ellenberger vs. Martin Kampmann

Welterweight contenders Jake “The Juggernaut” Ellenberger (27-5) and Martin “The Hitman” Kampmann (19-5) will meet in The Ultimate Fighter: Live Finale main event in search of a potential title opportunity.

Ellenberger, 27, is a Nebraska born mixed martial artist who fights out of Reign Training Center as well as Kings MMA.  The former division II wrestler made his MMA professional debut in 2005 and won 21 of his first 25 during his first four plus years in the business.  Stints with the IFL, Bodog Fight, M-1, Bellator and other mid-level organizations earned him the chance to fight for the UFC in 2009.  “The Juggernaut” dropped his UFC Fight Night 19 debut against Carlos Condit by tight split decision, however has won his last six that followed.  Among the opponents that he defeated during his current six fight winning streak include Mike Pyle, Jake Shields, and Diego Sanchez in his most recent at UFC on Fuel TV this past February.

Kampmann, 30, is a Denmark native who fights out of Las Vegas, Nevada with Xtreme Couture.  “The Hitman” made his professional debut in 2003 and won 9 of his first 10 while competing overseas in England, Russia, Wales, Sweden and Denmark.  The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt earned his way into the UFC in 2006 and won his first four inside the octagon before losing to Nate Marquardt at UFC 88.  Overall, Kampmann was 4-1 as a middleweight before he moved to welterweight division in January 2009.  As a welterweight, Kampmann won four of his first five before falling in back to back contests against Jake Shields and Diego Sanchez.  Since losing two in a row, Kampmann has picked up wins in his last two fights defeating Rick Story at UFC 139 and Thiago Alves at UFC on FX in March.

Prediction – Ellenberger Decision

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UFC 146 will take place on May 26, 2012 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada and   will be a Pay Per View televised event. The UFC 146 fight card rumors are listed below where we will continue to update these as announcements are made. Also be sure to check back for the official UFC 146 results here at ProFighting-fans.com after the fights are complete.

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Results for UFC 146 Fight Card:

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Pay Per View Televised UFC 146 Fight Card Results:

  • Junior dos Santos def. Frank Mir by TKO at 3:04, R2
  • Cain Velasquez def. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva by TKO at 3:36, R1
  • Roy Nelson def. Dave Herman by KO at :51 , R1
  • Stipe Miocic def. Shane Del Rosario by TKO at 3:14, R2
  • Stefan Struve def. Lavar Johnson by submission (arm bar) at 1:05, R1

     

UFC 146 Preliminary Fight Card Results:

  • Darren Elkins def. Diego Brandao by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Jamie Varner def. Edson Barboza by TKO at 3:23, R1
  • C.B. Dollaway def. Jason “Mayhem” Miller by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-26, 29-28)
  • Dan Hardy def. Duane “Bang” Ludwig by KO at 3:51, R1
  • Paul Sass def. Jacob Volkmann by submission (triangle/arm bar) at 1:54, R1
  • Glover Teixeira def. Kyle Kingsbury by submission (arm triangle choke) at 1:53, R1
  • Mike Brown def. Daniel Pineda by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

The atmosphere at Titan 22 in Kansas City, Kansas was unbelievable and the night was full of exciting fights. The undercard was stacked with local talent and Tony Cardello won the Amateur TFC Middleweight Championship. He plans on defending the title once or twice and then think about making his pro debut because he is 33 years old and is 5-0 and knows his game time is running out.

The first fight on the main card featured top prospect Mirsad Bektic. Mirsad is making a name for himself in Titan as one of the rising stars. He is now 4-0 and has finished every one of his opponents. He took out Willie Mack in the 2nd round by KO which was a late stoppage by the referee and the Kansas Athletic Commission pulled the ref for the rest of the night since the safety of fighters is the most important thing. After the fight Mirsad said he is looking to fight “whoever has a good name”.

One thing I really enjoyed from Titan 22 was Rudy Bears entrance. He told his kids class “If they work hard he will let them walk out with him”. Rudy told me “ To be honest that was a little more pressure on me cause 2 of them are my kids and I can’t let them see daddy get hurt.” Luckily for Rudy he fought like a beast and put all the pressure on Nolte and pounded on him until he made him tap from strikes. Rudy Bears has had his ups and downs in the sport and really needed that win. One thing I can say about Rudy Bears is that he always takes tough fights and I respect that.

In my opinion Andrew Whitney Vs. Jose Vega should have been for the Bantamweight Title. These 2 guys are the top Bantamweights in this area and had a lot of respect for each other coming into the fight. Andrew Whitney showed that he is top talent and that he can take out tough opponents and moves his record to 8-1 with a Knockout victory over Jose Vega 2:55 seconds into the very first round. Andrew Whitney told me after the fight “Jose Vega is one of the best guys in the Midwest and I made short work of him.” With this win Andrew Whitney proves he is one of the top Bantamweight fighters outside of the UFC.

LC Davis was one of the casualties of the WEC/UFC merger and was on a 3 fight losing streak coming into this fight at Titan 22. Davis felt like this fight with Bill Kamery was a must win for him. LC came out strong and beat Kamery in every aspect of the game and had a spectacular Bantamweight debut. Davis is back in the winning column and is looking to stay there. I talked with LC Davis after the fight and he told me “I just want to keep winning.” It was great to see LC Davis get the win because I have been following his career since his IFL days.

The Main Event of the evening ended up being more of a cat and mouse game with Dave Branch playing the smart game and trying to stay away from the power of Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson. I feel like Anthony Johnson chased him the whole fight and never cut off the cage. You would think with all the drama behind Johnson that he would come out to finish the fight but it was the opposite. Not only did Anthony Johnson have to make the fight a catchweight of 195 lbs. but he didn’t even seem to come to fight. If there is a health issue with Johnson from trying to cut too much weight then he just needs to fight at 205. If you can’t make 185 then you need to sign for a catchweight fight. Any promoter that gives ‘Rumble’ a chance has to know that missing weight is a possibility.

 

By Chris Gregory – @ChrisGregoryMMA
ProFightingFans.com Guest MMA Writer