UFC on FX 8: 9 Fight Prelim Card!!!

With a 9 fight card, who’s got time for a blurb. Here come the picks.

Lucas Martins vs. Jeremy Larsen

  • My Pick: Lucas Martins
  • Reasoning: Jeremy Larsen got knocked out at the hands of submission specialist, Joe Proctor recently. If he had trouble handling Proctor’s hands, Martins will give him a headache he won’t soon forget. 
  • Confidence: Great

Jussier Formiga vs. Chris Cariaso

  • My Pick: Jussier Formiga
  • Reasoning: Most underrated fight of the night. Former #1 in his weight class, Formiga has a solid wrestling base. Cariaso has the ability to make things a war and come out on top (just ask Michael McDonald). In the end, I think this winds up fight of the night, but in the hands of the judges the wrestler usually gets the nod.
  • Confidence: Fair

John Lineker vs. Azamat Gashimov

  • My Pick: Azamat Gashimov
  • Reasoning: I’m a buyer on Russian MMA right now. People like Nurmagomedov and Khabilov are opening a lot of people’s eyes to mother Russia and showing that Sambo is still relevant. Lineker delivers a lot of hard blows, but I see Gashimov getting him to the ground and Lineker has been known to get caught or fall into trouble on the floor.
  • Confidence: Fair

Fabio Maldonado vs. Roger Hollett

  • My Pick: Fabio Maldonado
  • Reasoning: Rivaling Roy Nelson’s chin, Maldonado can take a punch with the best of them. Add in a pro boxing background and as long as Hollett can’t take him down, he’ll turn him into a punching bag.
  • Confidence: Great

Yuri Alcantara vs. Iliarde Santos

  • My Pick: Yuri Alcantara
  • Reasoning: I’ve become a big fan of both Alcantara brothers. They seem to have all of the intangibles when it comes to fighting; finishing mentality, heart and a great fight IQ. He might be fairly evenly matched here, but he’ll find a way to win.
  • Confidence: Good

Paulo Thiago vs. Michel Prazeres

  • My Pick: Paulo Thiago
  • Reasoning: Late replacement. Outmatched. End of story.
  • Confidence: Extreme 

Gleison Tibau vs. Josh Cholish

  • My Pick: Gleison Tibau
  • Reasoning: Every time he fights I make mention of Tibau’s size and for good reason. He uses that pure size to bully people and take fights that he might be out matched in as far as technique goes. Cholish had a rough time out last time against someone with superior grappling. I think he may be in for the same type of night.
  • Confidence: Good

Francisco Trinaldo vs. Mike Rio

  • My Pick: Francisco Trinaldo
  • Reasoning: The first Prelim Breakout Star on mma-manifesto.com was Trinaldo and I’m sticking to my original horse. He’s got a great mixture of power in his fists and technical jiu jitsu. Although Rio is a good step up in opponents, he did get submitted by Andy Ogle. If Ogle gave him trouble, Trinaldo should make him hurt on the ground.
  • Confidence: Great

Hacran Dias vs. Nik Lentz

  • My Pick: Nik Lentz
  • Reasoning: The winner of this match should be right in the mix in the 145 division. Both of these guys have looked great as of late. Since dropping to 145 Lentz has looked unbeatable. Although I think Dias’ ground game should give him more fits than his past opponents, Lentz will be able to overcome it.
  • Confidence: Fair

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