Phil Harris (21-10-0-1) vs. Ulysses “Useless” Gomez (9-3-0)
Both of these flyweight fighters are looking to get back on track after losses in their Octagon debuts. Harris was taken out by submission while Gomez was knocked out by current number-one contender John Moraga in the first round. The experience edge goes to Harris, despite only being one year older than Gomez, and Harris has only had three fights at 125 after fighting most of his career at featherweight. This bout will rapidly turn into a grappling match where Harris will once again be outclassed. Gomez by second-round submission.
Vaughan “Love” Lee (12-8-1) vs. Motonobu Tezuka (19-5-4)
Lee showed potential in his armbar-submission win over “Kid” Yamamoto, but in his next bout T.J. Dillashaw outclassed him on the ground in under three minutes. Tezuka was picked up to draw fans to the UFC card in Macau as local talent, but he showed a lot of heart in his split decision loss to Alex Caceres on short notice. With a full training camp Tezuka will have a better performance, taking a decision win over Lee.
Tom “Kong” Watson (15-5-0) vs. Stanislav Nedkov (12-0-0-1)
Nedkov’s biggest problem is that he seems to be injury prone, because he signed with the UFC all the way back in June of 2010 but has only fought twice. He was impressive in his debut, knocking out Luiz Cane in the first round. Over a year later, he faced Thiago Silva, and he won the first two rounds. His cardio failed in the third and he lost via submission. A failed drug test for Silva overturned the loss, and he remains undefeated in his drop to middleweight. Watson was picked up in the midst of a 11-1 streak, where his only loss came to Jesse Taylor. He seems to have trouble when fighters can overpower and control him, which is something that Nedkov should be able to do having fought the majority of his career at a higher weight class. Nedkov via submission in the second round.
Andy “The Little Axe” Ogle (8-2-0) vs. Josh “The Fluke” Grispi (14-4-0)
Grispi has slowly lived up to his nickname, because even though he entered the UFC with four straight finishes in the WEC and a title shot it, may have just been a fluke. He lost to Dustin Poirier in his debut, and then two more subsequent finishes quieted all talk of the 24-year old being a prospect. In Ogle, he faces a tough kickboxer who lost to Akira Corassani in his debut. Like Steven Cantwell before him, the Fluke may be learning that success in the WEC does not translate to success in the Octagon. In this bout he should pick up a win to save his job. Grispi by decision.
Paul “Sassangle” Sass (13-1-0) vs. Danny “Last Call” Castillo (14-5-0)
In both of these fighters’ last bouts they were on the cusp of being in the mix at 155, but losses have put them back a step or two. Sass thought he was in control on the ground against Matt Wiman, but an armbar wiped the “0” off his record. Castillo was getting the best of Michael Johnson through the first five minutes of their bout, but a left hand changed that and turned out Castillo’s lights. Castillo needs to keep this fight standing, because Sass is very dangerous off his back. The loss to Wiman should only have spurred Sass to step his game up, and that is what we will see here. Sass by first round submission.
Terry Etim (15-4-0) vs. Renee Forte (7-2-0)
Etim is one tough fighter for coming back after what happened in his last bout. By now everyone has seen Edson Barboza’s knockout of the year, but hopefully they have forgotten that it was Etim on the receiving end. In this bout, Etim will want to take it to the ground considering 12 of his 15 wins have come by way of submission. Forte should have decent submission defense considering he trains with team Nogueira, but he showed he is susceptible to chokes in his UFC debut at UFC 153. Etim by submission in the second round.