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UFC 157: Matches to Make for the Undercard Winners

Brendan Schaub vs. Todd Duffee

Schaub finally showed a little bit of growth in his career, because even though he tries to usually go for the knockout, he was content to take Lavar Johnson out of his element. It remains to be seen how he will do against a good striker with a competent ground game. A match with the returning powerhouse Duffee would be a great test for both fighters.

Michael Chiesa vs. Mark Bocek

Bocek is coming off a loss, but after seeing what Chiesa is capable of once the fight is on the ground, it makes sense to face him off against a great grappler. Bocek is a black belt, and he is a veteran of the Octagon. Having Cheisa go against the grappling credentials of Bocek would be a nice test to see how good his ground game is.

Dennis Bermudez vs. Nik Lentz

Bermudez has won three straight fights after losing his season of the Ultimate Fighter, and it would be logical to match him up with someone at the same point in his career. Lentz is another fighter who, despite being one of the more boring fighters at the beginning of his UFC career, has turned over a new leaf and put on some great fights. Lentz has won two straight since going to featherweight, and a match with Bermudez will produce fireworks for the fans.

Sam Stout vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg

Sam Stout came out of that fight by the skin of his teeth, but just like with Lyoto Machida, it was a win regardless of how the decision is read. Vallie-Flag took out another UFC striker in his debut in Yves Edwards, and a match with Stout would be a nice step up.

Kenny Robertson vs. Justin Edwards

Robertson was a grappling master on the ground in his fight even before the fight ended. It would be nice to see a bout against another fighter who had a great submission performance. Edwards took out Josh Neer in under a minute with a guillotine choke, and it would be fun to watch these two try to submit one another.

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  • Danny Høy says:

    I hated seeing Schaub win that match. His gameplan was the single most boring thing I’ve seen since Rashad’s lay-and-pray match against Rampage. Talk about not wanting to entertain.

  • Bata Sam says:

    still am not convinced Schaub. . .

  • Aj Hall says:

    Schaub vs Pat Barry? Or Matt Mitrione?

  • Joe Maxwell says:

    Schaub should be embarrassed and Dana White should condemn this type of fight if you could call it that. There is a difference between darting in and out like Machida and truly running like Brendan Schaub. Brendan proved he knows how to take someone down that is all he took his opponent down and held him there. Brendan has no submission game and clearly he also proved he has no ground and pound as Johnson was unscathed. Johnson did more damage to Schaub what a joke i feel bad for Johnson he did not deserve to lose. Yes Johnson needs to work on his take down defense and needs to improve his ground game from his back but this fight does not deserve to be called a fight what a joke. Sorry Lavar you won in my book! Moreover that was not mixed martial arts. Brendan Schaub displayed how he truly is the bottom of the heavy weight division. I hope Lavar improves his ground game and take down defense. If he does he has so much more promise then Schaub. smh so dissapointed.

  • Chris Jones says:

    Shauby you suck, I almost gave props for keeping your chin until you just layed and won the wussy way. I still strongly believe I could personally could beat him down.

    Next Faber insane monkey clench rear naked choke.

  • I love how people bash on Schaub for taking Johnson down. This is mixed martial arts. Maybe, you should bash on Johnson for not having tdd, submissions or any grappling ability at all. If all you want to see is striking, then go watch boxing or kickboxing.

  • Joe Maxwell says:

    Matthew Perry you are correct on one thing “this is mixed martial arts” however i did not see any that fight. What Schaub did was called “lay and pray” Schaub only demonstrated 4 things in that fight 1 he can execute the take down. he has no ground game 2 No submissions, and 3 No ground and pound. Finally 4 he managed to somehow maintain the dominant position on top of Johnson the entire fight and some how did less damage. The fact is neither fighter performed well but Schaub takes the fall for holding Johnson down and doing nothing lol

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