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UFC on FUEL TV 5: Struve vs Miocic

Here is another addition of MMA predictions featuring UFC on FUEL TV: Struve vs Miocic,  which is being held on the 29th September 2012 at  the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham, England. The headlining bout is between Heavyweight prospects Stefan ‘Skyscraper’ Struve and Stipe Miocic.

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Main Card Fights

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Che Mills(14-5 (1)) vs Duane Ludwig(21–13)

A fun fight between two high level kick-boxers who are looking to get back into the win column after both losing their last fights against highly regarded opponents; Rory McDonald and Dan Hardy. Although Ludwig is a great kick-boxer I think that Mills just has too much power and technical ability and should put away the American Ludwig. This is sure to be a great fight with a technical stand up war guaranteed; a potential Fight of the Night for sure!

My Winner: Che Mills, TKO – Round 2. 

Paul Sass(13–0) vs Matt Wiman(14-6)

A very intriguing match up in the Lightweight division between submission ace Paul Sass and UFC & TUF 5 vet Matt Wiman. Sass has been slowly rising up the Lightweight rankings after 12 submission victories out of his13 wins including 3 out of 3 submission wins in his UFC career against notables Jacob Volkmann and Micheal Johnson. Wiman has being racking up victories recently although had a controversial loss against Dennis Siver and is 4-1 in his last five fights. Wiman has to fight from range and avoid Sass getting a hold of him and more than anything avoid Sass’s guard. Sass will look to jab in close and either go for a takedown or pull guard which he has done on many occasions and will look to slap on a submission for the win. There has been no stopping Sass recently and I think only a good defensive wrestler with good striking can stop Sass, which Wiman may have a problem emulating for the whole fight.

My Winner: Paul Sass, Submission – Round 2. 

Brad Pickett(21–6) vs Yves Jabouin(18–7)

Another potential Fight of the Night candidate with fan favorite Brad Pickett taking on striker Yves Jabouin who is looking to make a name off of  highly regarded Brit. Pickett will look to mix up his wild punching style and his under-rated wrestling to out work the former Featherweight Jabouin and will look to exploit his opponent’s weakness on the ground. Jabouin is sure to avoid the ground in this fight and look to counter and find openings in the wild exchanges with Pickett who can leave himself open at times. Pickett has shown time and time again he is a well-rounded fighter and will look to secure a submission, soon as the fight hits the ground.

My Winner: Brad Pickett, Submission – Round 2. 

John Hathaway(16-1) vs John Maguire(18–3)

A match-up between two British Welterweight prospects looking to rise up in the rankings and fight better competition with a victory in this bout. Hathaway will look to use defensive wrestling and 5 inch reach advantage to pick Maguire apart from range with solid strikes. Maguire would prefer to get this fight straight to the ground by getting a takedown and utilizing his superior ground game  like Mike Pyle did back at UFC 120 against Hathaway. I have Hathaway taking this fight by using his well-rounded skills to control the fight and using his wealth of experience against top Welterweight fighters such as Diego Sanchez & Rick Story to outwork his opponent.

My Winner: John Hathaway, Decision – Round 3. 

Dan Hardy(24-10 (1)) vs Amir Sadollah(6–3)

Another Welterweight match-up between former title challenger Dan Hardy and TUF 7 winner Amir Sadollah. This will be a great technical stand up fight that will sure be entertaining to watch and is another potential Fight of the Night. This fight will come down to who has the more technical striking, I also have a feeling Hardy will show off some sort of wrestling attack in this fight. Due to the home advantage and the overall UFC experience and striking ability I have to go with Dan Hardy in this fight with an easy decision victory.

My Winner: Dan Hardy, Decision – Round 3. 

Stefan Struve(24–5) vs Stipe Miocic(9-0)

A Heavyweight match-up between two future prospects in the division and with a win could get them a big name opponent in their next fight. Miocic is known for his elite wrestling, knockout power and chin which will prove a problem for many in the heavyweight division and Struve is no exception. Struve will look to use his kickboxing, reach and great submission skills off of his back to test Miocic’s submission defense throughout the fight. Struve has shown that he has trouble at the start of the fight getting badly damaged in the first round in most of his fight which has been costly against big punchers such as Junior dos Santos, Roy Nelson and Travis Browne. I can see Miocic blitzing Struve at the start of this fight! Pressuring the Dutch fighter from the beginning using heavy punches to back Struve up against the cage then unloading a vicious attack for the knockout finish.

My Winner: Stipe Miocic, KO – Round 1. 
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Preliminary Fights (predicted winners in bold & red)

Kyle Kingsbury vs Jimi Manuwa – TKO, R2

Andy Ogle vs Akira Corassani – DEC, R3

Tom Watson vs Brad Tavares – DEC, R3

DaMarques Johnson vs Gunnar Nelson – SUB, R2

Jason Young vs Robbie Peralta – DEC, R3

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