Brad Tavares vs. winner of Francis Carmont/Lorenz Larkin
Tavares picked up one of the biggest wins of his career even though he has beaten bigger named fighters than Riki Fukuda. The bottom line is that Tavares is 25-years old, and has beaten strikers, wrestlers, and even well-rounded fighters. He has completely changed the physicality of his body, and while that does not make him a better fighter, it shows his commitment to the sport. At 5-1, he deserves the next step up in competition, and the winner of Larkin versus Carmont represents that next challenge.
Takeya Mizugaki vs. Alex Caceres
It is always easy to match up two fighters coming off a win on the same card, but these two run in the same circles. Caceres must have fans in Asian countries, because he most recently fought in China and Japan, which Mizugaki has as well. Depending on when they head back to the Land of the Rising Sun, a match-up between the two bantamweights would be a perfect fight for that card.
Bryan Caraway vs. Ken Stone
Caraway proclaimed to have gotten rid of his mental blocks for fighting, but bad advice from his corner ruined his chances to prove that. He was told he was up two rounds to none going into the third, which was not the way the judges were seeing it, and instead of taking Mizugaki down again, Caraway was content to stand. If Caraway wants to try out his stand-up in a fight, Stone would be a better fighter to try it out on. The Team Alpha Male representative does not fall that far with a loss, but he needs to go for the finish and win in every round instead of coasting.
Hyun Gyu Lim vs. Seth Baczynski
This is the one fight that many people missed, but it was an impressive win nonetheless. Lim is a tall and lanky welterweight at 6’2″ tall with a 79-inch reach. With eight knockouts in twelve career wins, you know where Lim’s game lies. Baczynski provides the perfect test in all areas of MMA, and will give the UFC brass an idea of how far Lim may be able to go in the organization.