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UFC 158 Predictions: The Undercard

Patrick “The Predator” Côté (18-8-0) vs. Bobby “Vicious” Voelker (24-8-0)

This fight will tell what the future holds for Cote. He was a good fighter at middleweight, but he always looked a little soft. Voelker is known for his heavy hands, but Cote has never been knocked out. If this fight stays standing it will be interesting to see how it plays out, because Cote has been known to be out-struck in the past as well. That will not happen in this bout, as Cote will earn a knockout in his new weight class. Cote by second-round knockout.

Antonio “Pato” Carvalho (15-5-0) vs. Darren Elkins (15-2-0)

Elkins usually wins his fights by his constant ground control, but he will be facing a high-level grappler in Carvalho, which could cause problems. Carvalho also showed he has power in his hands when he knocked out Daniel Pineda. At this point, Elkins has the ability to win this fight as long as he does not get caught on the ground. Elkins by unanimous decision victory.

Dan Miller (14-6-0) vs. Jordan Mein (26-8-0)

Mein has a decent ground game, but half of his losses have come by submission. Miller has never been knocked out, but most of his losses have come to better strikers. This fight will come down to who can impose their will, and bring or keep the fight where they want it. Miller is more experienced in big fights, and it will show in this fight. Miller by second-round submission.

John “The Bull” Makdessi (10-2-0) vs. Daron “The Detroit Superstar” Cruickshank (12-2-0)

This will be a great striking battle while it lasts, because both fighters are known for their striking with 14 knockouts in their combined 22 wins. Cruickshank’s overall game is better than Makdessi, and he can secure a win in every round with just a few takedowns. In the end, Cruickshank will do just enough to win the fight. Cruickshank by split decision.

Rick “The Horror” Story (14-6-0) vs. Quinn Mulhern (18-2-0)

Story went from title contender to on the brink of being dropped from the promotion in a couple fights. He was submitted in his last bout, and now he faces a grappling ace in Quinn Mulhern. Mulhern has only lost to good wrestlers, but Story’s confidence may be shot after losing three of his last four bouts. Mulhern by unanimous decision.

T.J. Dillashaw (6-1-0) vs. Issei Tamura (7-3-0)

If you listen to other members of Team Alpha Male, you would think Dillashaw is a future champion despite losing to John Dodson at the TUF Finale. Dillashaw’s loss, however, would fall in line with his teammates’ record, in that they win every bout except for title fights. That will be the case in this bout as well. Dillashaw by first-round submission.

George Roop (12-9-1) vs. Reuben Duran (8-4-1)

George Roop drops back down to 135 after fighting at featherweight for the last couple years. In his last few losses, Roop has had trouble with people who could out strike him, and that should not happen considering there is a seven-inch height difference between these two fighters. If Roop can make use of his advantages in height and reach, he will win this bout. Roop by KO in the second round.

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