UFC 146 Preliminary Card Predictions:

Mike Brown vs. Daniel Pineda

Longtime Zuffa employee Mike Brown (25-8) will attempt to win his second in a row inside the octagon when he meets Daniel “The Pit” Pineda (17-7) in a UFC 146 preliminary card bout that will be shown on Facebook.

Brown, 36, is a Maine born mixed martial artist who is a longtime member of the American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Florida. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt made his professional debut in 2001 and won 9 of his first 10 while fighting on the east coast in a series of regional organizations to earn his first UFC bout. He was submitted by Genki Sudo at UFC 47 in April of 2004 while competing as a lightweight. After losing inside the octagon, Brown won 9 of his next 11 for promotions like DEEP and Bodog Fight to earn a WEC opportunity. During his two plus years in the WEC, Brown won 6 of his 8 fights and was the organizations’ Featherweight Champion. After defending the belt twice, Brown lost his title but transitioned into the UFC anyway. He has lost 2 of his 3 bouts for the UFC so far, although he did come out on top at UFC 133 last summer defeating Nam Phan by decision.

Pineda, 26, is a Dallas, Texas born mixed martial artist who fights out of the 4 oz. Fight Club in Houston. “The Pit” made his professional debut in 2007 and won 8 of his first 10 bouts. Climbing up the minor league ranks, Pineda hit a rough patch and dropped 5 of his next 7. Eventually he would find his place with Legacy FC and won five straight bouts to earn a chance inside the UFC. Since joining the UFC earlier this year, Pineda has won back to back bouts defeating Pat Schilling and Mackens Semerzier in January and March respectively. Pineda has also fought in Bellator and Elite XC.

Prediction – Brown Submission

 

Kyle Kingsbury vs. Glover Teixeira

The Ultimate Fighter 8 veteran Kyle Kingsbury (11-3, NC) will try and get back in the winner’s circle at UFC 146 in a Facebook streamed preliminary card bout versus promotional newcomer Glover Teixeira (17-2).

Kingsbury, 30, is a California based mixed martial artist who fights out of San Jose with the American Top Team. Kingsbury made his professional debut in 2006 and won 7 of his first 9 while fighting for King of the Cage and Rage in the Cage organizations. The wrestling based Kingsbury was an injury replacement on TUF 8 and competed as part of Team Nogueira. He didn’t win the competition or his official octagon debut at the TUF 8 Finale but kept his place with the organization after winning his next four bouts. Among his four straight victories included two “Fight of the Night” bonuses after wins over Razak Al-Hassan and Fabio Maldonado. His four fight win streak was stopped last November at UFC 139 when he lost a unanimous decision bout against Stephan Bonnar.

Teixeira, 32, is a Brazil born mixed martial artist who fights out of The Pit in California. The hard hitting Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt made his professional debut in 2002 and split his first four bouts. After a 2-2 start, Teixeira won three in a row for the WEC organization in 2006. After the organization cut its heavier weight classes, Teixeira returned to Brazil and continued to win and build his winning streak to its current position at 15 in a row. The Bitetti Combat, Impact FC, and Shooto Brazil veteran has defeated opponents like Antonio Mendes, Marvin Eastman, and Ricco Rodriguez during his current winning streak.

Prediction – Teixeira TKO

 

Dan Hardy vs. Duane Ludwig

Former title challenger Dan “The Outlaw” Hardy (23-10, NC) will meet longtime MMA veteran Duane “Bang” Ludwig (21-12) in an FX streamed preliminary card bout at UFC 146.

Hardy, 29, is a British born mixed martial artist who fights out of Nottingham, England. “The Outlaw” made his professional debut in 2004 and posted a 19-6, NC mark after fighting for almost four years with promotions across Japan, England, and the United States. The taekwondo based fighter made his UFC debut in 2008 and won his first four bouts inside the octagon to earn a 170 pound title fight. In March 2010 at UFC 111, Hardy was outpointed by current Champion George St. Pierre in his title appearance. The loss set off a string of bad luck, Hardy hasn’t won since before his title fight losing four in a row including his most recent fight last summer at UFC on VS 6 where he was submitted by Chris Lytle.

Ludwig, 33, is a Colorado based mixed martial artist who fights out of the Grudge Training Center near Denver. “Bang” made his professional debut in 2000 and won 9 of his first 11 to earn his first opportunity inside the octagon. At UFC 42 in April 2003, Ludwig defeated Japanese fighter Genki Sudo by decision. He won his second bout inside the octagon almost three years later at UFC Fight Night 3 where he knocked out Jonathan Goulet. After his knockout victory over Goulet, Ludwig fought for Strikeforce, Ring of Fire, and Sengoku for almost three full years before returning to the UFC in early 2010. Since his return over two years ago, Ludwig has posted wins in just two of his five appearances. He has his two fight winning streak snapped in his most recent fight this past January at UFC on FX where he was submitted by Josh Neer.

Prediction – Ludwig Decision

 

Jacob Volkmann vs. Paul Sass

Rising lightweight Jacob “Christmas” Volkmann (14-2) will go for his sixth straight win inside the octagon at UFC 146 in a Facebook streamed preliminary card bout against undefeated lightweight Paul Sass (12-0).

Volkmann, 31, is a Minnesota based mixed martial artist who fights out of the Minnesota Martial Arts Academy. The former NCAA Division I wrestler made his professional debut in 2007 and won his first 9 bouts on the regional circuit. He joined the UFC in late 2009 and lost back to back welterweight bouts to begin his octagon career. With his job on the line, Volkmann dropped to 155 pounds and has won five in a row. In his most recent action, “Christmas” defeated Efrain Escudero at this past December’s UFC 141.

Sass, 23, is a British based mixed martial artist who fights out of Liverpool with Team Kaobon. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt made his professional debut in 2007 and won his first 10 bouts while fighting in regional organizations across England. Sass made the move into the UFC in late 2010 and has won both of his bouts in the octagon since. He first submitted Mark Holst at UFC 120 in October 2010 and then submitted Michael Johnson at UFC on VS 5 this past October.

Prediction – Sass Decision

 

Jason Miller vs. CB Dollaway

Popular mixed martial arts veteran Jason “Mayhem” Miller (23-8, NC) will try and post his first win for the organization at UFC 146 in a FX televised middleweight bout that is positioned on the preliminary card against TUF 7 runner-up CB Dollaway (11-4).

Miller, 31, is a Georgia born mixed martial artist who fights out of Las Vegas with the Reign Training Center. “Mayhem” made his professional debut in 2001 and won 11 of his first 14 competing in local events like Extreme Challenge and Super Brawl. He earned a bout at UFC 52 against George St. Pierre but came up short losing via decision at the April 2005 event. Miller spent the next six plus years winning 12 of his first 16 in organizations like the WEC, Strikeforce, Dream, HD Net Fights and Icon Sport. After a successful coaching stint on The Ultimate Fighter 14, Miller was dominated at the December 2011 TUF 14 Finale losing via TKO against opposite Coach Michael Bisping.

Dollaway, 28, is an Ohio born mixed martial artist who fights out of Arizona at Power MMA and Fitness. “The Doberman” made his professional debut in 2006 and won his first six bouts fighting in a variety of regional promotions. He then earned a position on TUF 7 and represented Team Rampage in the Finale where he lost and finished as runner up to Amir Sadollah. After losing his June 2008 debut, Dollaway won five of his next six inside the octagon posting victories over opponents like Goran Reljic and Joe Doerksen. Dollaway has come up short though over his last two fights, losing bouts to Mark Munoz at UFC on VS 3 and losing to Jared Hamman at the August 2011 UFC on VS 6.

Prediction – Miller Submission

 

Diego Brandao vs. Darren Elkins

The Ultimate Fighter winner Diego Brandao (14-7) will make his first appearance since winning the fourteenth edition of the show against Darren Elkins (13-2) in a featherweight bout that will be part of the FX televised preliminary card at UFC 146.

Brandao, 24, is a Brazil born mixed martial artist who fights out of Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts in New Mexico. The muay-thai specialist made his professional debut in 2005 and won six of his first nine while in his native country fighting in regional organizations. After making the move to the United States and winning seven of his next eleven in the regional fight circuit, Brandao signed on to fight for The Ultimate Fighter 14. The Team Bisping competitor easily ripped through the competition on the show and finished it with a submission victory over Dennis Bermudez at the December Finale. Brandao won both “Fight of the Night” and “Submission of the Night” bonuses for his performance.

Elkins, 27, is an Indiana born mixed martial artist who fights out of the Duneland Vale Tudo. Elkins made his professional debut in 2007 and won ten of his first eleven while fighting on the Indiana and Illinois regional circuits. Elkins then won his UFC on VS debut with a TKO victory over Duane Ludwig in March of 2010. He followed up with a submission defeat to Charles Oliveira at another UFC on VS event in August of 2010. After his first loss inside the octagon, Elkins made the move to the 145 pound division and has since posted back to back unanimous decision victories. He defeated Michihiro Omigawa at UFC 131 last June and then picked up the victory over Zhang Tiequan at UFC 136 last August.

Prediction – Brandao TKO

 

UFC 146 PPV Predeictions

 

Shane Del Rosario vs. Stipe Miocic

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UFC Heavyweight Stipe Miocic

Strikeforce import Shane Del Rosario (11-0) will try and keep his undefeated record as he meets another undefeated prospect in Stipe Miocic (8-0) in a UFC 146 main card heavyweight bout.

Del Rosario, 28, is a California born mixed martial artist who fights out of Team Oyama in his home state. The muay-thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu specialist made his professional debut in 2006 and won his first 8 bouts while competing mostly for M-1 Challenge and Elite XC. His last three wins have come while fighting for Strikeforce including his most recent last February at “Fedor vs. Silva” where he submitted current UFC fighter Lavar Johnson.

Miocic, 29, is an Ohio based mixed martial artist who fights out of the Strong Style Fight Team in Cleveland. The former Cleveland State wrestler made his professional MMA debut in February 2010 and won his first six bouts competing mostly for NAAFS in his home state. His NAAFS 7 Heavyweight Championship victory over Bobby Brents last June earned him the opportunity to fight inside the octagon. Also a Golden Gloves Boxer, Miocic won his October 2011 UFC 136 debut with a unanimous decision victory over Joey Beltran. In his follow up bout this February at UFC on Fuel TV, Miocic earned his second straight octagon victory knocking out Phil De Fries in 43 seconds.

Prediction – Del Rosario Decision

 

Roy Nelson vs. Dave Herman

The always durable Roy “Big Country” Nelson (16-7) is trying to win just his second fight in over two years at UFC 146 when he welcomes journeyman Dave “Pee-Wee” Herman (21-3) in a main card heavyweight match up.

Nelson, 35, is a Nevada born mixed martial artist who remains in his home city and fights out of his own County Club. “Big Country” made his professional debut in 2004 and won 13 of his first 15 including a stint as the IFL Heavyweight Champion. Nelson was signed to compete on the tenth season of The Ultimate Fighter despite losing his final two bouts prior. It turned out to be a good choice for both parties as Nelson ripped right through the competition and won TUF 10 with a KO victory over Brendan Schaub at the live Finale. Also defeated Stefan Struve via TKO at March 2010 UFC Fight Night 21, but lost back to back bouts following his good start. Losses to Frank Mir and Junior dos Santos were followed with a 1 st round TKO victory over Mirko Cro Cop Filipovic at UFC 137 last October, however Nelson was defeated in his most recent appearance this February losing to Fabricio Werdum at UFC 143.

Herman, 27, is an Indiana-born mixed martial artist who fights out of Team Quest in California. “Pee-Wee” made his professional debut in December 2006 and won his first eleven fights competing in regional events across the Midwest United States. In 2008 Herman began competing for larger organizations like Elite XC, Sengoku, Bellator, and Shark Fights winning 9 of his next 11 including victories over notables Don Frye and Yoshihiro “Kiss” Nakao. The UFC wait was well worth it after Herman won “Fight of the Night” in his UFC 131 debut with a TKO finish against Jon-Olav Einemo. He had a small setback in his follow-up bout at UFC on Fuel TV where he was knocked out by Stefan Struve this past February.

Prediction – Nelson TKO

 

Cain Velasquez vs. Antonio Silva

Former Champion Cain Velasquez (9-1) will try and remain in the title picture at UFC 146 when he fights former Cage Rage and Elite XC Heavyweight Champ Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva (16-3) in the night’s co-main event.

Velasquez, 29, is a California based mixed martial artist who fights out of the American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose. The former Arizona State wrestler made his professional debut in 2006 and won just twice on the regional circuit before signing with the UFC in 2008. He won six straight inside the octagon including a UFC 110 bout in February 2010 over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira to earn a chance to fight for the title. In his first title fight at UFC 121 in October 2010, Velasquez defeated Brock Lesnar via 1 st round TKO to become the Heavyweight Champion. In his first title defense at UFC on Fox this past November, Velasquez was knocked out in 1:04 by current Champion Junior dos Santos.

Silva, 32, is a Brazil born mixed martial artist who fights out of Team Nogueira. “Bigfoot” made his professional debut in March 2005 and won his first seven fights including the Cage Rage HW Title before suffering his first career defeat in late 2006. The BJJ, Judo, and karate black belt made the move to Elite XC in 2007 and won all four of his bouts for the organization including the Heavyweight Championship in July 2008. After Elite XC folded, Silva competed for both World Victory Road and Strikeforce winning five of his last seven bouts. After Silva upset Fedor Emelianenko in the quarterfinals, Silva himself was upset by Daniel Cormier at the September semifinals in the Strikeforce Heavyweight Tournament.

Prediction – Velasquez TKO

 

UFC 146 Main Event – Junior dos Santos vs. Frank Mir

Current UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior dos Santos (14-1) will defend his belt for the first time against former two-time UFC Champ Frank Mir (16-5) in the UFC 146 main event.

Dos Santos, 27, is a Brazil born mixed martial artist who fights out of Team Nogueira. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt made his professional debut in 2006 and won six of his first seven fights while competing in small organizations across his native country. Dos Santos joined the UFC in late 2008 and stopped his first five opponents inside the octagon; four by TKO and one via submission. He then had to grind out back to back unanimous decision victories over Roy Nelson at UFC 117 and Shane Carwin at UFC 131. In his most recent fight last November at UFC on Fox, dos Santos earned a 1 st round KO victory over then-Champ Cain Velasquez to become the new Champion.

Mir, 32, is a Las Vegas based mixed martial artist who fights out of The University of Grappling. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt made his professional debut in 2001 and won only twice on the regional circuit before joining the UFC heavyweights in late 2001. He won the UFC Heavyweight Title in just his seventh bout at UFC 48 in June of 2004 over Tim Sylvia. Mir had to vacate the belt and take almost two years off of competition after suffering injuries after a motorcycle accident. Upon his return, Mir lost two of his first three but did rebound to win three in a row to become the Interim Heavyweight Champion at UFC 92. He lost to Brock Lesnar at UFC 100 and to Shane Carwin at UFC 111 in title fights. Since his loss to Carwin over two years ago, Mir has piled up three more victories including his most recent at UFC 140 last December where he submitted Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.

Prediction – Dos Santos TKO

 

By Nick Russell
ProFighting-fans.com Senior MMA Staff Writer

 

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