The UFC event is finally here. UFC on FOX 5. Featuring Lightweight Champion Ben Henderson, take on Nate Diaz. Who will become Lightweight Champion. Predictions for all main card fights coming right now.
Main Card Bouts
1. Mike Swick vs. Matt Brown Welterweight bout: This is an interesting fight. Both guys have great standup and knockout power in both hands. Mike Swick is just coming off a knockout win over DaMarques Johnson after not fighting for 2 years due to illness. Matt Brwon on the other hand is coming off 3 straight wins in just 5 months earlier this year. I think I have to give the edge to Swick. He is very confident, has a longer reach that Matt and is bigger and stronger. But this will be a great fight. Prediction: Swick def Brown by TKO at 2:47 of round 3.
2. BJ Penn vs. Rory McDonald in a Welterweight bout: This should be a great fight. Both guys called each other out to fight. Rory is very motivated to defeat BJ Penn. It would be huge. Rory is coming off 3 straight wins. One of which over Nate Diaz last year. While BJ is coming off a loss last year to Nick Diaz and seemingly retired after the fight. But he is coming out of retirement to take Rory out. Both guys have great standup and great ground game. BJ is the knockout and submission king. This a tough fight to predict for sure. But I am going with BJ. He has more expierence and is also very determinded and motivated to win. Prediction: BJ def Rory by 3 round Unanimous Decision
3. Shougun Rua vs. Alexander Gustafsson in a Light Heavyweight bout: This is for sure a big test for Alexander. You are going up against one of the best LHW in the world. Shogun has great stand up and for sure has a great chin and knockout power. He is coming off a TKO win over Brandon Vera. But Alex has looked great. He is riding off a 5 fight win streak. With the most noticable win over Thiago Silva last April. He has a long reach as well and great stand-up. I think if Alexander is going to win he has to push the pace and use the jab to back Rua up. And I think he will do just that. I say Alexander gets an upset win and uses his reach to victory. Plus Shogun cant handle guys with long reach. Just ask Forrest Griffin and Jon Jones. Prediction: Alexander def shogun by TKO at 3:30 of round 3.
4. Ben Henderson vs. Nate Diaz for the Lightweight Championship: This is a geat Main event and a great fight. Both guys are very tall despite being lightweights. But Nate has a 3 inch height advantage. Nate Diaz has gone 3-0 since returning to the Lightweight division in 2011. He is coming off a big tap out win over Jim Miller. While Henderson is coming off beating Former Champ Frankie Edgar twice. Once to win the title and another time to retain his title. I think If Nate wants to win this fight he is going to have to use the range and get this fight to the ground. If Ben wants to win he is going to have to keep it standing and push the pace as well. I am going to say Nate wins the title. I think he has the better ground game than Ben and is on a roll and motivated to defeat Ben. Prediction: Nate def Ben by Knockout at 2:33 of round 3.
Fight of the Night: BJ Penn vs. Rory McDonald
Knockout of the Night: Nate Diaz
Submission of the Night: Ramsey Nijem. On the Prelim card.
By: Andrew Harrington