Excited to get up at 7 am and watch these bad boys? Me too. He’s the picks.
Tom DeBlass vs. Riki Fukuda
- My Pick: Tom DeBlass
- Reasoning: I like the way that Fukuda uses his size. It particularly impressed me in his fight with Nick Ring. However, most recently he was completely outclassed by Costa Philippou, despite sticking in for all three rounds. I doubt Fukuda will attempt to use his size to get it to the ground, seeing as DeBlass has a much more impressive ground pedigree. In addition, he really hung in there with Cyrille Diabate, who is a world class striker.
- Confidence: Good
John Lineker vs. Yasuhiro Urushitani
- My Pick: John Lineker
- Reasoning: I became a fan for life of this guy when I saw him brawl it out with Louis Gaudinot, but what most fans don’t know about him is he has a heavily underrated ground game. He’s shown in his long, completely native career that he can hang on the ground if he needs to. Another key factor in this one is Urushtani’s apparent lack of finishing ability and recently exposed chin.
- Confidence: Great
Alex Caceres vs. Motonobu Tezuka
- My Pick: Motonobu Tezuka
- Reasoning: Despite stepping in on short notice, Tezuka is more than prepared for this fight. At only 25, he’s had 7 years of professional experience and 27 professional fights. In addition, he’s resilient as they come and on multiple occasions has shown crazy tenacity to stay in a fight. Caceres has shown signs of real promise and signs of real immaturity. Given the long travel and the impending jet lag, I expect more of the latter, especially with a much physically stronger opponent.
- Confidence: Fair