We are now only a week away from UFC 145 and with that good news we will be helping you break down the prelims. Instead of a full blown prediction for each fight we will have a short synopsis for each fight. There are many quality fights on the under card and luckily now and days we have FX to thank for airing the majority of them.
Preliminary Card (FX)
Travis “Hapa” Browne (12-0-1) vs. Chad “The Grave Digger” Griggs (11-1-0)
A lot of promotion was put into Travis Browne after his knockout of Stefan Struve, but he floundered it in a disappointing performance against Rob Broughton. He will not have the luxury of riding out a decision against Chad Griggs if he gets tired like he was able to against Rob. Chad Griggs strives in the underdog spot and has strung together a nice run. Do not expect a decision as the fighters have a combined 20 finishes out of 23 fights.
The Bottom Line: Travis may have great standup, but he has not faced a grappler like Browne before. Chad will show him what ground and pound is all about and finish him in the second round.
Matt “The Immortal”Brown (13-11-0) vs. Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson (6-0-0)
Someone is asking to get knocked out in this fight by pitting the brawler Matt Brown against a 63 fight kickboxing veteran in Stephen Thompson. There will be a very big contrast in styles with each fighter. Matt is known more of a brawler, and Stephen is obviously more technical fighter. Matt will need to bring the fight to Stephen and not sit on the outside allowing Stephen to attack with his kicks. This will be a fun one to watch while it last.
The Bottom Line: Look for Stephen to attempt another spectacular knockout, but get his first stern test in Matt Brown. Matt will weather an early storm, but finish his opponent in the third by TKO.
John “The Bull” Makdessi (9-1-0) vs. Anthony “The Assassin” Njokuani (14-6-0-1)
Anthony must keep this fight at a distance if he wants to win. John is truly a bull and with the height difference he will need to work his way into the inside if he wants to have a chance of winning. Both have something to prove after coming off losses in their last bout, and John is looking for vengeance after losing in under 3 minutes for his first professional loss.
The Bottom Line: John is the superior fighter and will prove it in this fight. Anthony has traditionally had trouble with superior standup fighters as seen in his loss to Edson Barboza. Look for this fight to got he distance, but John coming away with a clear cut decision win.
Mac Danzig (20-9-0) vs. Efrain Escudero (18-4-0)
This will be a fight between two Ultimate Fighter winners who will be looking to keep their jobs. Mac had a big win over Joe Stevenson, but all that went away with a second loss to Matt Wiman. Efrain, on the other hand, is on his second stint in the UFC and lost his first fight back. This two will have to leave it all out there in hopes to win and keep a job in the world’s best fight promotion.
The Bottom Line: Efrain has always lost to people that have strong ground games. Whether they are wrestlers or strong Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioners, he has lost to them. Look for this fight to follow suit with Mac picking up his first win by submission in 4 years.
Keith Wisniewski (28-13-1) vs. Chris Clements (10-4-0)
The under card seems to be filled with strikers, and this fight is no different. Chris has finished all of his fights by TKO or KO. Keith is a little more well rounded and that may come into play. Three of Chris’ four losses have come by submission and would be smart to take the fight to the ground. That should be the plan, because if he sticks around long enough on the feet he will end up like the rest of Chris opponents that could not take it to the ground.
The Bottom Line: Keith may not be the best fighter in the world, but is good enough to earn his first UFC victory over Chris.
Marcus Brimage (4-1-0) vs. Maximo Blanco(8-3-1-1)
Maximo was shown to have trouble with fighters who are good at keeping an opponent grounded when he fought Pat Healy. Marcus has been seen to have trouble with fighters who have a strong jiu-jitsu game. It will be interesting to see these two fights as either can win this. It is just a mater of who is able to impose their will more.
The Bottom Line: Marcus will be able to grind out a decision from being the bigger, stronger fighter.