This card does not have a ton of interesting fights but the concept of the card is great. Plus who can argue with a free night of fights?? It is a charity card put on by the UFC to benefit the Intrepid Fallen Heroes fund. This is a great idea and while the UFC should've probably done something like this sooner it's better late than never. With that said let's break down the fights.
Eddie Sanchez v. Justin McCully: Sanchez is 10-2, 3-2 in the UFC, with all 10 wins by stoppage. He is a striker. McCully is 8-4-2, 1-1 in the UFC, with 5 wins by submission. Sanchez is just a better fighter and I expect him to win by decision.
Corey Hill v. Dale Hartt: Hill is 2-1, 1-1 in the UFC, with both wins by KO. He is a striker. Hartt is 5-1, 0-1 in the UFC, with all 5 wins by stoppage. He is well rounded. Both of these guys need to prove they belong in the UFC. Hartt I think is the better all around fighter. I'll pick him by decision.
Ben Saunders v. Brandon Wolff: Saunders is 6-0-2, 2-0 in the UFC, with 4 wins by stoppage. He is well rounded. Wolff is 7-2, making his UFC debut, with 3 wins by KO. He is a striker. I think Saunders' all around game combined with the debut of Wolff makes for a bad combination. I think Saunders will win by KO in the second.
Steve Bruno v. Johnny Rees: Bruno is 11-4, 0-1 in the UFC, with 10 wins by stoppage. He is well rounded. Rees is 10-1, 0-1 in the UFC, with all 10 wins by stoppage. He is mostly a submission fighter. Both of these guys need to rebound in this fight. I think Bruno's all around game will help him win a decision.
Luigi Fioravanti v. Brodie Farber: Luigi is 12-4, 3-4 in the UFC, with 9 wins by stoppage. He is a striker. Farber is 13-4, 0-1 in the UFC, with 11 wins by stoppage. He is mostly a submission fighter. This should be a solid style match up. However, I like Luigi in this fight. I'll pick him by KO in the first round.
Matt Wiman v. Jim Miller: Wiman is 10-3, 4-1 in the UFC, with 7 wins by stoppage. He is well rounded. Jim Miller (who is stepping in for an injured Frankie Edgar - which would've made this a much better fight) is 12-1, 1-0 in the UFC, with 9 wins by submission. He is a submission expert. I like Wiman in this fight. Miller looked good in his debut but Wiman has really been on a role. I'll pick Wiman by decision.
Steve Cantwell v. Razak Al Hassan: Cantwell is 6-1, is making his UFC debut after winning the WEC light heavyweight title before the division got folded, with 6 wins by stoppage. He is a striker. Hassan (who is replacing Brian Stann in what would've been a fun rematch) is 6-0, also making his UFC debut, with 5 wins by stoppage. He is mostly a submission fighter. This is another great style match up. This fight is really tough to gauge but I'll go out on a limb and pick Cantwell to end Hassan's undefeated streak by decision.
Tim Credeur v. Nate Loughran: Credeur is 10-2, 1-0 in the UFC, with 10 wins by stoppage. He is mostly a submission fighter. Nate is 9-0, 1-0 in the UFC, with all 9 wins by stoppage. He is also a submission fighter. This could be either a very technical battle or a wild slug fest. I would like to see the technical fight but both of them can stand up and bang. I'm going to take a wild guess and pick Nate by KO in round 2.
Jonathon Goulet v. Mike Swick: Goulet is 22-9, 4-3 in the UFC, with 19 wins by stoppage. He is well rounded. Swick is 12-2, 7-1 in the UFC, with 7 wins by stoppage. He is a striker. Swick has looked good after the move to welterweight and I expect that trend to continue. I'm picking Swick by KO in the first round.
Josh Koscheck v. Yoshiyuki Yoshida: Koscheck is 11-3, 9-3 in the UFC, with 6 wins by stoppage. He is a strong wrestler with decent stand up. Yoshida is 10-2, 1-0 in the UFC, with 8 wins by stoppage. He is mostly a striker but has a decent ground game too. Koscheck should really dominate the grappling and take Yoshida down and pound him. I'll pick Koscheck by decision in this fight which will be a nice rebound after a tough loss to Thaigo Alves.
This should be a solid but not spectacular night. But it's free and it's for a good cause so everyone should tune in, donate, and enjoy the fights. There are quite a few former armed forces members on the card and the Koscheck fight is interesting because his future with the UFC is very much up in the air after this fight due to contract arguments. In any case my pick for fight of the night belongs to Matt Wiman v. Jim Miller. My pick for KO of the night goes to Mike Swick. And my pick for submission of the night goes to no one since I'm not predicting any to happen. That's all for now folks. Stay tuned for my Fight Night review and my TUF Finale preview. Until then,
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