Here we go again fight people. We’re back with another edition of the B.S. Predictions, and this time around we’re discussing the UFC on FUEL TV 7 fight card.
Let’s get right into the predictions shall we?
Che Mills vs. Matthew Riddle
Brent: I’m the greatest! Well, at least compared to Scott I was with my UFC 156 predictions. Anyways, let’s get down to business. Matthew Riddle will take on Che Mills at UFC on Fuel TV 7. If it wasn’t for a positive Marijuana test, Riddle would be on a three fight win streak.
Meanwhile, Mills’ only setback since 2010 was against Rory MacDonald. In respects to size these guys are almost identical. However, I think Riddle’s wrestling ability wins him this fight. He’ll grind out a decision and then he will take a trip to Jamaica, instead of Disneyland.
Prediction: Riddle via unanimous decision
Scott: I’m going to ignore the halfhearted trash talk from Mr. Brent and get right into my pick for this fight. I’m not concerned about Riddle’s THC levels, but what does concern me is the grinding style that he brings to every one of his fights. That could spell trouble for one Che Mills.
Mills brings an exciting style to the octagon and will try to use that aggressiveness to his advantage against Riddle. His best chance of winning this fight is by keeping Riddle at a distance – that’s no easy task. If Riddle can take Mills down early on it might be a long night for the Brit.
Prediction: Riddle via unanimous decision (lay and pray/ground and bound/etc.)
Ryan Jimmo vs. James Te Huna
Brent: This fight has “war” written all over it. I am psyched to see Jimmo back in the octagon and hopefully it’s longer than seven seconds this time (funny enough, that’s the same amount of time Scott had to celebrate his lone correct prediction at UFC 156).
It will be, because James Te Huna has never been knocked out. Jimmo has been KO’d but that was his only career loss and it was way back in 2007, now he has won 17 straight. I actually think Te Huna will give Jimmo a run for his money, but the Canadian will squeak out a close decision win. Let’s just hope there is no “robot” dancing, I was embarrassed by my countryman’s lack of rhythm.
Prediction: Jimmo via unanimous decision
Scott: There are two words to describe this fight: Barn burner. Both Te Huna and Jimmo possess power, speed and love to bang (the ever popular “let me bang bro” comes to mind) so you know this fight will provide fireworks. Te Huna is riding an impressive three fight win streak, but the question going into Saturday for Te Huna is how will he manage against a guy who’s as fast, powerful and is game to stand and trade punches?
Jimmo is a stud. The guy needed less than 10 seconds to finish Anthony Perosh at UFC 149. On Saturday night he’ll need more than that to defeat Te Huna, but if all goes according plan Jimmo could send a message to the rest of the light heavyweight division with an impressive win in England.
Predictions: Jimmo via 2nd round TKO
Gunnar Nelson vs. Jorge Santiago
Brent: Other than the fact that he has a pretty cool name, Gunnar Nelson is deadly on the mat. Seven of his ten career victories have come by submission. When he meets Jorge Santiago on Saturday, I don’t think Nelson gets a submission. Santiago has 35 career fights and has never been submitted, and has thirteen submission wins.
This fight will probably take place on the ground. It is Santiago’s first fight in the UFC since a 2011 loss to Demian Maia. I think Jorge outpoints Nelson and wins by split decision, as long as Nelson doesn’t get a dominant position on the ground.
Prediction: Santiago via split decision
Scott: Let me make this easy on everyone – especially Brent since he’ll be sore from the hypothetical beating he’s going to take on Saturday- this has Gunnar Nelson written all over it.
Predictions: Nelson via 2nd round TKO
Cyrille Diabate vs. Jimi Manuwa
Brent: I am going to get right to the point with this one. There is no way that this fight does not end by knockout. Both Diabate and Manuwa are excellent strikers. I think that Diabate’s height and reach advantage are going to be the difference. As long as Cyrille can keep his opponent at a distance he will find success, but if Manuwa gets inside, it could be lights out for the Frenchman.
When I visualize this fight in my head, I see Diabate winning by front kick knockout. So, I’m running with that one. And when I visualize the entire UFC on Fuel TV 7 card, I see my hand being raised as the undisputed champion, again!
Prediction: Diabate via 2nd round KO
Scott: Are you serious right now Brent? This fight is another easy one for me to pick, and I can’t believe you used that many words to describe this ridiculousness.
Predictions: Manuwa via 1st round TKOOO MY GOSH!
Dustin Poirier vs. Cub Swanson
Brent: I thought Cub Swanson vs. Dennis Siver was an amazing fight. When Siver backed out due to injury, and Poirier was announced as his replacement, my skin began to tingle. This is my pick for fight of the night. Poirier followed up his “fight of the year” loss to the Korean Zombie by submitting Jonathan Brookins.
Meanwhile, Swanson has won three in a row, and all three of those victories came by way of knockout. I don’t see him winning this fight with a KO. I imagine Poirier will be able to get this one to the mat, where he will show his superior submission skills. I like Swanson, a lot, but Poirier will win. Maybe Poirier will get a rematch with the Zombie or a potential match-up with Ricardo Lamas also sounds good.
Prediction: Poirier via 2nd round submission
Scott: Sorry Brent but I didn’t feel any “tingles” when this fight was announced. Poirier had a nice bounce back win against Jonathon Brookins by submission, but I definitely don’t consider Brookins a top 10 featherweight. Poirier’s only chance for a win is by taking this fight to the mat and keeping it there, for a while.
Swanson on the other hand has had impressive victories over three top featherweights. His confidence is at an all-time high, and come Saturday night you’ll see why Swanson is a rising star within the featherweight division.
Prediction: Swanson via unanimous decision
Renan Barao vs. Michael McDonald
Brent: I hate the term “Interim Championship”. I will get over it long enough to predict the main event for UFC on Fuel TV 7. I could see either of these two fighters giving champ Dominick Cruz a great fight. When I look at Barao’s record, I wonder if he even remembers his lone career loss, way back in 2005.
Michael McDonald has half as many fights as his opponent. Plus, I was already picking up girls by the time he was born, which scares me to death and makes me feel old at the same time. I like the kid’s aggression. I do think he will need to tone that down against the dangerous Barao. This fight should be pretty entertaining for the wild British fans. I am unsure about who to take in this one, so just like Scott did for his UFC 156 predictions; I’ll pick a name out of a hat. And, that name is…Renan Barao by second round submission.
Prediction: Barao via 2nd round submission
Scott: I want to start by saying that this is going to be a great fight! Then I’ll finish by saying that I have no idea who’s going to win this thing. I could detail their last couple of fights and give you a breakdown of their strengths and weaknesses, but I’m going a different rout. One that has more science behind it then blind luck – if you’re unsure of what blind luck is it’s what Brent used to win last time.
Prediction: McDonald via 4th round TKO
By Scott Levesque (@scottlevesque)
ProFightingFans.com Staff Writer