UFC Fight Night 57 takes place this coming Saturday night from Texas and we’ve got our predictions for all the fights for you below.
Frankie Edgar vs. Cub Swanson
This is certainly one of the most interesting featherweight match-ups we’ve seen in a while. Swanson is the more unpredictable, dangerous striker here who’s always on the hunt for the finish, while Edgar is more methodical, consistent and defensively sound.
On the mat Swanson has shown improvement during his time in the UFC and seems less vulnerable defensively, but generally Edgar is the better grappler here with good wrestling and solid control on top.
Swanson is a live wire and has the weapons to ensure he’s never out of a fight, but Edgar’s such a reliable, well-rounded and well conditioned competitor it’s hard to pick against him and so I’ll take him by decision here.
Frankie Edgar to win by decision.
Bobby Green vs. Edson Barboza
Potentially this could be a fun stand-up fight. Green likes to get in the thick of it on the feet, even talking to his opponents as he trades blows. He’s a very capable striker, but he’ll need to be very careful not to get overly cocky against Barboza who’s renowned for his vicious kicks, but can also be clinical with his punches too.
Barboza is fairly one-dimensional, doing everything he can to keep the fight standing and that could pose problems if Green opts to utilize his wrestling.
Still, Green’s unexpected hints this week about potentially retiring doesn’t inspire confidence and I think he can be coaxed into a stand-up battle that might not be in his best interests.
Edson Barboza to win by TKO in rd3.
Brad Pickett vs. Chico Camus
I’m not yet fully convinced by Pickett at 125lbs, but this looks like a fight that sits firmly in his favor.
He’s just the better all-round fighter here and matches up well with Camus on the ground where he’s at his most effective. Camus is capable enough that I think he’ll take this one to the scorecards though.
Brad Pickett to win by decision.
Jared Rosholt vs. Oleksiy Oliynyk
Rosholt’s 3-0 record so far in the UFC flatters to deceive in that he’s not exactly been setting the Octagon alight, but his grind-heavy wrestling approach is clearly working.
Oliynyk is a grappler with very dangerous submission game and an impressive finishing record, but I think he’ll find the going tougher against a pure wrestler like Rosholt and will be smothered for much of this 15 minute encounter.
Jared Rosholt to win by decision.
Joseph Benavidez vs. Dustin Ortiz
Ortiz is a rising contender in the UFC’s flyweight division, but he’s drawn a tough assignment here in Benavidez.
In some ways Benavidez find himself in a similar position to his team-mate Urijah faber – coming up short in title fights, but having the skills to beat pretty much everyone else in his weight class, and I think that’ll be the case again here as he proves to be a little too much for Ortiz and earns a stoppage victory via submission.
Joseph Benavidez to win by submission in Rd3.
Matt Wiman vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg
Wiman is returning after almost two years out, so that’s an immediate concern for him here, but Vallie-Flagg has troubles of his own including the fact he’s coming off two losses in a row.
If he’s in good shape this is a winnable fight for the fun-to-watch Wiman who’s offensive output and solid transitions from striking to takedowns should stand him in good stead.
Matt Wiman to win by decision.
Prelims: (Predicted winners in bold)
Ruslan Magomedov vs. Josh Copeland
Luke Barnatt vs. Roger Narvaez
James Vick vs. Nick Hein
Yves Edwards vs. Akbarh Arreola
Paige VanZant vs. Kailin Curran
Juan Manuel Puig vs. Doo Ho Choi