Tonight sees the first of two UFC cards in the space of just a few days in the shape of Ultimate Fight Night 19 whilst the much hyped 10th season of The Ultimate Figher reality show also gets underway in the U.S tonight (UK fans will have to wait until Saturday night when the first episode airs in it’s new home on Channel 5 USA).
(Predicted Winners Highlighted)
UFN19 – Main Card:
Nate Diaz Vs Melvin Guillard
Guillard will be looking for the big KO but Diaz should take him down and lock in the submission.
Gray Maynard Vs Roger Huerta
Gray Maynard is an exceptional wrestler and should smother Huerta on the ground en-route to a decision victory.
Carlos Condit Vs Jake Ellinberger
Jake Ellinberger’s first foray into the UFC Octagon and he faces a tough night against the former WEC Welterweight Champ.
Nate Quarry Vs Tim Credeur
Despite his age (37) Nate Quarry should have enough in his locker to win here in the later rounds.
UFN19 – Prelims:
Steve Cantwell Vs Brian Stann
Chris Wilson Vs Mike Pyle
CB Dollaway Vs Jay Silva
Sam Stout Vs Phillipe Nover
Jeremy Stephens Vs Justin Buchholz
Brock Larson Vs Mike Pierce
Ryan Jensen Vs Steve Steinbeiss
Fight Of The Night Prediction:
It only makes sense considering the name of our site that a regular feature will be an attempt to predict the Fight Of The Night at the major events so UFN 19 seems like a good place to start.
I’m going to go with the main event here, particularly since we had just been highlighting in a previous article that Nate Diaz already has three Fight Of The Night awards to his name (coming in his last three fights). That’s a hard statistic to ignore although on this occasion it’s a risky choice since Guillard will be in deep water if Nate takes this fight to the ground. However both guys have a ‘bad boy’ reputation and my hope is that they’ll look to test each other on their feet and that’s where things get interesting with Diaz having the clear reach advantage whilst Guillard packs the K.O power in his hands.
There’s pressure on both fighters to perform well too. After a recent 6 month prison sentence for possession of cocaine threatened his future in the organisation, Melvin has been looking to turn over a new leaf and certainly in his last fight – a victory over Gleison Tibua, he appeared a more humble and respectful fighter. To have a long term future in the UFC he’ll have to maintain that composure whilst putting on a string of impressive performances and there’s no better place to do that than under the bright lights of a main event.
Nate Diaz on the other hand is coming off two straight defeats – on the wrong end of decisions to Clay Guida and Joe Stevenson. Despite his reputation for putting on entertaining fights he’ll be looking for an impressive victory here to get his career back on track.
Conclusion: Two fiery characters with something to prove has the potential to be an entertaining fight for the fans.
Article by RossC