Brendan Schaub (8-3-0) vs. Lavar Johnson (17-6-0)
This is one fight that will not go to the judges. Either Johnson will be submitted, or Schaub will be knocked out. That is what history has shown with Johnson losing five out of six times by submission, and Schaub being knocked out in all three of his losses. The problem is that Schaub likes to stand, and Johnson probably has the hardest punch in the UFC heavyweight division. Look for Johnson to finish this brutally. Johnson by first-round knockout.
Michael Chiesa (8-0-0) vs. Anton Kuivanen (17-5-0)
Ultimate Fighter 15 winner Michael Chiesa will face his first opponent since winning TUF in June of last year. Kuivanen has gone 1-1 in the Octagon, but Chiesa will be a tough test for him. Cheisa’s grappling will win him this fight, because that is where he will out-class Kuivanen. Cheisa via first-round submission.
Dennis Bermudez (9-3-0) vs. Matt Grice (15-4-0)
This fight will be interesting since both of these fighters are former Division 1 wrestlers. Grice has a great chance of winning since he has the experience to win and the credentials to back it up. The difference will come in the form of Grice’s wrestling, as it is on another level compared to Bermudez’s wrestling. Grice wins via unanimous decision.
Sam Stout (18-8-1) vs. Caros Fodor (7-2-0)
This stand-up battle is going to draw in viewers to the FX prelims. Stout is a renowned kickboxer, but can be out-struck since John Makdessi and Jeremy Stephens have done it before. Fodor, though having half as many fights as Stout, seemed to grow in the Octagon by going 5-1. Fodor wins via unanimous decision.
Kenny Robertson (11-2-0) vs. Brock Jardine (9-2-0)
Both fighters will be looking for their first wins in the Octagon. Robertson has lost to Aaron Simpson and Mike Pierce, and Jardine to Rick Story. This fight will likely stay on the feet, and that is where Robertson will take this fight. Kenny Robertson by TKO in the third round.
Jon Manley (7-1-0) vs. Neil Magny (7-1-0)
These two are essentially fighting for third place of the sixteenth season of the Ultimate Fighter. Magny was knocked out by Mike Ricci, and Manley was taken out by eventual winner Colton Smith. Manley’s wrestling credentials will win him this fight as Magny will not be able stop the takedown. Manley by unanimous decision.
Nah-Shon Burrell (8-2-0) vs. Yuri Villefort (6-1-0)
Both of these former Strikeforce fighters will be fighting to keep their job after losing their last fights. Burrell was taken out by Chris Spang via TKO, and Villefort lost a split decision to Quinn Mulhern. Villefort has a more diverse game and will win this fight. Villefort by submission in the second round.