Mike Pierce vs. Seth Baczynski
This is a pivotal welterweight match-up for two fighters who are different points in their careers. Baczynski is on the rise having finished three of his four wins since coming back to the octagon. He is hungry and ready to take out veterans to prove he deserves a shot at the top. Pierce is a fighter who has faced some of the best in the division, but has recently lost. For Pierce, he may have to rely on his wrestling after working on his hands for the past couple of fights. At 6’3″ with 76 inches of reach, Baczynski is a big welterweight. If he can get past Pierce he will make a loud statement in his ascent up the ladder. Baczynski by TKO round 3.
Igor Pokrajac vs. Joey Beltran
Both of these fighters are looking to get back into the win column after disappointing losses in their last bouts. Pokrajac was on the best UFC win streak until he ran into the submission game of Vinny Magalhaes, suffering a second round submission loss. Beltran recently took a short notice fight in his second showing at light heavyweight against James Te-Huna. Unfortunately, he ended up playing punching bag to Te-Huna in a decision loss, earning fight of the night. For Beltran, he will want to try to take this fight to the ground as Pokrajac can out strike him, and is apt enough to not get drawn in to a fire fight or brawl. Igor Pokrajac by unanimous decision.
Chad Mendes vs. Yaotzin Meza
This was supposed to be a great featherweight match-up between Hacran Dias and Chad Mendes. Dias suffered an injury however and now the former number one contender, Mendes will take on promotional newcomer Yaotzin Meza. While sporting a pedestrian record of 18-7 Meza did start out his career at 0-3. It is important to note, most of his bouts have come in different weight classes since the lighter weights were not always always an option. Everyone knows that Mendes should walk through this opponent, and it will most likely happen. Chad Mendes by second round TKO.