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UFC 154 FX prelims fight predictions

Sam “Hands of Stone” Stout (18-7-1) vs. John “The Bull” Makdessi (9-2-0)

While both are coming off a win, both have been disappointing in their last bouts. Makdessi lost his last two, missed weight in his last fight, and was out struck as well, which is supposed to be his specialty. Stout lost his first fight this year and then beat Spencer Fisher in his next bout, but it was a hard fought decision over someone who had not looked good in a long time. Luckily, this should be a good stand up battle. Stout by unanimous decision

Mark Bocek (11-4-0) vs. Rafael Dos Anjos (17-6-0)

These are two fighters that have at different times been at the cusp of the top ten in the UFC lightweight division, but certain losses have unfortunately drew them back to the bottom. Both fighters are 3-1 in their last four fights with their losses being close or to top fighters. This will most likely be a ground war with both of these fighters having black belts in BJJ, but both have a decent striking game as well. The question is which one will be the dominate grappler. Rafael Dos Anjos by unanimous decision

Cyrille “The Snake” Diabate (18-8-1) vs. Chad “The Grave Digger” Griggs (11-2-0)

This is what you call a fun fight between two fighters that usually put on a show win or lose. Neither will ever be champions, but they sure do entertain the fans. This really comes down to striker versus grappler with Griggs providing the ground game, and Diabate providing the standup. History tells us who should win with Diabate never doing well against a decent grappler. Chad Griggs by TKO in the second round

Patrick “The Predator” Cote (17-8-0) vs. Alessio Sakara (15-9-0-1)

This is a fight for survival as Sakara is looking at three straight losses, while Cote could get his second straight loss since his return. This fight will most likely stay on the feet, and for Cote that’s good. While Sakara is a good striker, he is prone to getting knocked out, while Cote has been known for his granite chin. This fight should not last that long, and will likely spell the end to Sakara’s UFC career. Patrick Cote by first round knockout

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