An a break from the norm the UFC is providing us with Tuesday night fights this week so here’s our predictions for the fights on the ‘UFC On Fuel TV 3’ card.
Dustin Poirier vs. Chan Sung Jung
For me ‘The Korean Zombie’ is too reckless on the feet and Poirier, even at this relatively early stage in his career, is too smooth an operator to get caught up in an all-out slugfest. Poirier’s comfortable wherever this fight goes and I think he’ll get the better of the action to claim a decision victory.
Dustin Porier to win by decision.
Jorge Lopez vs. Amir Sadollah
Sadollah was very much a ‘wet behind the ears’ prospect when he first entered the UFC via TUF, but I’ve seen enough of him since then to be pretty sure he’s never going to be a major contender at 170lbs. His disciplined muay thai style is good enough to get past a certain level of opponent in the lower rungs of the division though, and I think that’s what we’ll see here against Lopez.
Amir Sadollah to win by decision.
Donald Cerrone vs. Jeremy Stephens
I’m definitely looking forward to this one. Stephens has got the one-punch power advantage here so Cerrone will have to be careful when he engages on the feet, but he’s got a good chin and like in many of his previous fights if things aren’t going well he can always get the fight to the floor where his offensive jiu-jitsu should hold the key to victory at some stage in the second half of the fight.
Donald Cerrone to win by submission in Rd2.
Jeff Hougland vs. Yves Jabouin
Houghland’s getting brought in at short notice here and he does have a chance thanks to his submission prowess, but more likely is that Jabouin keeps the fight standing and delivers a bit of a beating with his flashy striking.
Yves Jabouin to win by TKO in Rd3
Fabio Maldonado vs. Igor Pokrajac
Potentially this could be a close fight between two tough 205lb’ers, but I favor Maldonado who’s got very good hands and works well to the body while also being capable on the ground if it goes there.
Fabio Maldonado to win by decision.
Tom Lawlor vs. Jason MacDonald
Veteran campaigner MacDonald has a decent chance at notching up another submission win here, especially if he can take Lawlor into the later rounds as his opponent tends to have gassed by then. However, MacDonald can wilt against hard-hitting, pressure fighters and Lawlor will be that, in the early stages at least. I think Lawlor will hurt him on the feet and finish strongly with ground and pound.
Tom Lawlor to win by TKO in Rd1
Marcus LeVesseur vs. Cody McKenzie
Brad Tavares vs. Dongi Yang
T.J. Grant vs. Carlo Prater
Rafael Dos Anjos vs. Kamal Shalorus
Jeff Curran vs. Johnny Eduardo
Francisco Rivera vs. Alex Soto