It’s ‘UFC On FX 5’ tomorrow night and we’ve got our predictions for all the fights on the card below.
Travis Browne vs. Antonio Silva
Silva’s best chance for success here is on the mat as despite his size he’s a surprisingly agile and technical BJJ player and could cause Browne problems. Silva likes to stand though, and while he’s not a bad striker he doesn’t hit as hard as Browne and his chin is questionable.
Browne has improved his all-round game during his time in the UFC, although having said that, despite his 13-0-1 record I’m not convinced he’s a real threat to the likes of JDS and Cain Velasquez. I do think he’s got enough in his locker to get past Silva though, possibly with a finish, but given that both Rob Broughton and Cheick Kongo went the distance with him I’m going to proceed with caution and pick a decision here.
Travis Browne to win by decision.
Jake Ellenberger vs. Jay Hieron
Heiron’s an experienced campaigner, but this seems like a bit of mis-match given where their respective career’s are at this moment in time. Ellenberger is the heavier hitter, has better wrestling and is stronger, and I think he’ll take Hieron out sooner or later in this fight.
Jake Ellenberger to win by KO in Rd2.
Jussier da Silva vs. John Dodson
This will be da Silva’s UFC debut and he’s a good fighter who has the edge in this match-up if it hits the mat thanks to his submission prowess. However Dodson is hard to get a hold of in the first place with his his speed, constant movement and unpredictable attacks. He’s certainly the superior striker and I expect him to keep the fight standing and claim a decision win to book himself a flyweight title shot.
John Dodson to win by decision.
Josh Neer vs. Justin Edwards
Edwards is a strong starter and has a good ground game, but he tends to run out of steam in the latter stages of fights. That’s not good news against Neer who’s a gritty competitor that’ll fight to the bitter end, has better striking and is crafty on the mat. This looks like a good match-up for Neer in my eyes and I see him putting a hurting on Edwards in the stand-up department before claiming a stoppage win in the final round.
Josh Neer to win by TKO in Rd3
Yves Edwards vs. Jeremy Stephens
Danny Castillo vs. Michael Johnson
Dennis Hallman vs. Thiago Tavares
Shane Roller vs. Jacob Volkmann
Diego Nunes vs. Bart Palaszewski
Phil Harris vs. Darren Uyenoyama
Marcus LeVesseur vs. Carlo Prater
Mike Pierce vs. Aaron Simpson