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UFC 154 Facebook Prelim predictions

The UFC 154 card is one of the biggest of the year with 13 fights. From the opening bout to the main event, they all have some significance to them.  Whether it is a veteran trying to keep his spot in the division, a surging new contender, or a fight for number one contender-ship, every fight has some weight to it.

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Steven “Super” Siler (21-9-0) vs. Darren Elkins (14-2-0)

The winner of this bout will most likely get a shot at a top fighter in the featherweight division with a win. Both are 3-0 at 145, and have the potential to be a contender. The problem for Siler is he will have to deal with Elkins ability to control the fight on the ground. If he can keep it standing or work back to his feet he can win this fight.   Darren Elkins by unanimous decision

Ivan “The Pride of El Salvador” Menjivar (24-9-0) vs. Azamat Gashimov (7-1-0)

Ivan was on his way to a title shot, and almost filled in for Dominick Cruz in the title bout earlier this year. He was not picked to fight for an interim title, and lost his next bout to Mike Easton. He is a true veteran with over 30 fights at only age 30, and he faces Gashimov who has less than ten fights. While Gashimov may be the talent of tomorrow, he will not offer Menjivar anything he has not seen  in the cage. Menjivar by submission in the 2nd round

Matthew “Deep Waters” Riddle (6-3-0-1) vs. John Maguire (18-4-0)

This is a battle between late replacements and ground specialist. Both fighters took this fight on late notice after having disappointing showings in their last match. Maguire suffered his first loss in the UFC when out grappled by John Hathaway, and Riddle had one of his best wins taken away after being caught for weed. In this fight Maguire will once again be facing a big, strong, and superior wrestler. He will have to hope his jiu jitsu can outwork Riddle. Matt Riddle by third round TKO

Antonio Carvalho (14-5-0) vs. Rodrigo Damm (10-5-0)

In this bout we have two veterans who were always said to have the potential to be great fighters, but losses always set them back. Carvalho showed what he could do when he knocked out Daniel Pineda in his last bout, becoming the first man to do so, while Damm showed off his grappling skills by earning a submission in a little over two minutes. Damm will not have the grappling edge in this bout as Carvalho also owns a BJJ black belt, but also has power in his hands. Carvalho earns another knockout win in this bout.        Antonio Carvalho by second round TKO

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