UFC On Fox 3 Staff Picks And Predictions

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Nate Diaz vs. Jim Miller

Brent Brookhouse: Miller is too tenacious and too hard to stop to lose this fight. Diaz has better stand-up, but he also is awful about maintaining distance and worse at defensive wrestling. Miller isn't likely to get caught in a dumb submission, and is likely to just work his way to a decision win. Jim Miller by decision.

Fraser Coffeen: Maybe I'm wrong here, but I think people are way overrating Diaz. Yes, the Cerrone fight was a good one and Diaz looked good there, but his return to LW has been that fight and a win over the totally shot Gomi. Prior to that, he left LW after being controlled by dominating wrestlers. Which is exactly what's going to happen here. Jim Miller, Decision

KJ Gould: Miller willingly goes to his back too much to be considered a dominating wrestler. He's tough, but so is Diaz, and Diaz has the trickier guard and better boxing. He's also probably got a fair reach advantage. Diaz batters Miller to a decision. Nate Diaz by Decision.

Ben Thapa: Both fighters love to continuously deal out damage with punches and on the ground, both will hunt for a kimura. However, Diaz is less of a scrambler than Miller and may actually be at a distinct speed disadvantage here. Jim is going to put him down, pass that tricky guard and could latch onto a rear naked choke in the late rounds as Diaz gives up his back fairly often. Jim MIller, submission, Round 4.

David Castillo: I'd say Miller is the worst possible matchup for Diaz insofar as you already have a blueprint for this fight: Nate's match against Joe Stevenson. There, Nate basically got outwrestled, and unlike his brother, he's not the explosive submission grappler that Nick is. And Miller is more than capable. Though I suppose it's possible Nate can win on the feet, but I don't take too much from the Cerrone fight: Donald simply looked terrible. Not that it wasn't a great performance, only that I don't think it tells us much. Jim Miller by decision.

Dallas Winston: The overwhelming factor here seems to be wrestling. Miller is a legit 3-dimensional talent with striking, wrestling and submissions -- however, wrestling is the key to unlock and implement those other dimensions. If Miller can't put Nate on his back, he'll be relegated to enduring a steady shower of Stockton slaps. Miller's high fight I.Q. will come into play as well, as the timing, set-up and predictability of his takedown attempts will be just as crucial as his actual wrestling prowess, and Nate is more of a brawler than a tactician. I think Miller deserves a close edge but my sentimental side outweighs the balance. Nate Diaz by decision.

Tim Burke: Nate Diaz is overrated. There, I said it. It's very easy to point at the Cerrone win and say that he's really good, but those are the types of fighters that Diaz is tailor-made for. He's not all that effective against grinders, and Jim Miller is one of the best grinders in the division. Nate's not gonna keep him on the outside standing, he's not gonna be able to stop the takedown, he's not gonna get into Jim's head, and he's not going to submit Miller from the bottom. This is all MillerBrother. Jim Miller by decision.

Staff picking Diaz: KJ, Dallas, Stephie
Staff picking Miller: Fraser, Brookhouse, David, Thapa, Tim

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Johny Hendricks vs. Josh Koscheck

Brent Brookhouse: Hendricks isn't exactly a diverse striker, but we know exactly what Koscheck is on the feet. He's an overhand right and little more. Hendricks is also better at dirtying it up and his skills translate better to a fight that is likely to be decided in the stand-up. Johny Hendricks by TKO, round 3.

Fraser Coffeen: This is draft #2 of my pick. Draft #1 argued how Hendricks would win, but people were overrating his stand-up and underrating Koscheck's if they thought he was just going to stroll in and knock Kos out. Then I remembered - Kos really doesn't have great defensive stand-up. That's what cost him against Thiago, and that's what allowed Hughes to actually look halfway decent against him. He might try to fight super smart and control Hendricks to a win, but I think he gets caught eventually. Johny Hendricks, KO, R2

KJ Gould: Hendricks is a more accomplished wrestler on paper, Koscheck is a more experienced MMA fighter in actuality. Both throw with mean intentions, but I've honestly never seen Koscheck go for more than an overhand or rear headkick. Hendricks can drop you with much shorter range punches, and providing he hasn't neglected his wrestling for his MMA camps, he can pose a lot of problems for Koscheck who may be in the twilight of his career. Johny Hendricks by KO.

Ben Thapa: I do not see Josh Koscheck taking Johny Hendricks down at all. If all Rick Story could do was push Johny up against the cage, I don't see the far less takedown-focused Koscheck sticking with it that long. Josh is going to battle this one out on the feet and that is where it gets tricky. Mike Pierce is the most recent common opponent and he arguably beat them both - Johny was taken down and looked ineffectual in the clinch, while Josh had similar problems. Others here have called Koscheck out for not being that diverse, but he does know how to work his game rather well. Hendricks has much more power in his hands and takedowns, but this is asking him to pick and choose the right moments to employ such power. I do not know if he is indeed ready for that. Going with the younger guy who has a shot of improving his game in the camps rather than refining it. Johny Hendricks, close decision.

David Castillo: Tough fight to pick, but I like Hendricks in this one. I realize Koscheck is one dimensional on the feet, but if he makes this fight dirty, I could see him taking Hendricks down enough to convince the judges that half-takedowns are enough similar to how he "won" against Mike Pierce. So I'm tempted to pick Koscheck off a questionable decision, but because I'd prefer to see Hendricks win, I'll go with the arbitrary feeling. Johny Hendricks by TKO, round 2.

Dallas Winston: I'd like to respectfully suggest that Koscheck has gotten away with predictable and mediocre striking for way too long. His fall-back was reverting to takedowns and that option will not come easy against Hendricks, though both have been prone to takedowns when committing on combinations. The tight and crisp boxing of Hendricks should allow him to score the higher volume of more effective blows. Koscheck has yet to encounter someone who can match his wrestling, striking, size, strength and agility, plus the only southpaw he's fought is Frank Trigg. The checklist of relevant factors is just too heavy for Hendricks here.

Tim Burke: I'm going against the grain. The intangibles lean towards Hendricks - Kos still being worried about his face, and trying something new boxing-wise in the gym might lead to him trying too hard to test it out in a fight. But I still can't shake Hendricks getting outworked by Rick Story. Koscheck is way ahead of Hendricks in MMA wrestling, and he generally fights pretty smart. If he turns it into a grinding dogfight, it's his for the taking. I'm also still pissed off about the Fitch KO. I've never said this before and I'll likely never say it again, but - go Kos. Josh Koscheck by decision.

Staff picking Hendricks: Fraser, KJ, Brookhouse, David, Thapa, Dallas
Staff picking Koscheck: Tim, Stephie

Alan Belcher vs. Rousimar Palhares

Brent Brookhouse: I really like Belcher here. Palhares is obviously going to go for submissions if he can get this to the ground, but I think Belcher is crafty enough to pick his spots to engage and not allow himself to play Pahares' game. I also think it only takes a few brief minutes of frustration for Palhares to break mentally. Alan Belcher by decision.

Fraser Coffeen: This is a tough one for me. Palhares has less wear and tear, and he's a submission machine, whereas Belcher has been mostly sidelined for a long time now and seems to be winding up his career. But the flipside is that Belcher is a smart fighter, and Palhares is not. Toquinho is a bit one dimensional, and if Belcher can avoid that dimension, he can do this. The thing is, that's a hell of a dimension. Got to go with momentum here, but I'm shaky on this one. Rousimar Palhares, Decision

KJ Gould: Palhares by being a human beartrap. Rousimar Palhares by Heelhook Submission.

Ben Thapa: Belcher flat out destroyed Jason MacDonald last September. He looked amazing there - but he has never had to face an opponent who chases leglocks so relentlessly and from such odd angles. Rousimar has lots of trap cards to activate. In a Judo Chop, I took a look at Palhares's unusual set-ups and how he used those to catch Mike Massenzio, a black belt and good grappler in his own right, in a heelhook. The same is going to happen to Belcher. He can drill all the leglock escapes he wants, but the set-ups are so unusual and unexpected that one of them is going to allow Blanka to catch Belcher. Rousimar Palhares, submission, Round 2.

David Castillo: Belcher is like Marquardt-lite, so I could see Palhares, for all of his heel hooking gifts, get worked since he has very little to offer on the feet. On top of that, I agree with Brent: I don't think Rousimar is mentally unstable (not that he hasn't proven that time and time again), and I could see him getting frustrated. Belcher's not some proven commodity, as I don't consider him a top MW (I'll never be able to shake the image of him getting thrashed by Kendall Grove), but I think his style is enough to take the tree stump. Alan Belcher by Decision.

Dallas Winston: I think the unpredictable creativity of Palhares will be huge here. Belcher has phenomenal takedown defense and balance when striking and, considering Toquinho's lack of wrestling pedigree, should be able to stave off traditional attempts to work subs. Palhares, however, is anything but traditional and excels through a seething hatred for the human leg. I see Palhares having a puncher's chance to pull off some unorthodox submission attempt at any time but also exposing himself to Belcher's killer straight right in the process. Alan Belcher by TKO.

Tim Burke: I can't remember the last time such a high-level bout had such a low fight IQ between the two fighters. Both of these guys find ways to lose fights they should be more competitive in, but who is going to blink first? I honestly don't think Belcher is smart enough to stay away from Palhares. Toquinho's wrestling is underrated, and Belcher's whole game (apart from technical muay thai) is overrated. Stumpy's taking another leg home. Rousimar Palhares by submission, round 2.

Staff picking Belcher: Brookhouse, David, Dallas, Stephie
Staff picking Palhares: Fraser, KJ, Thapa, Tim

Pat Barry vs. Lavar Johnson

Brent Brookhouse: Johnson is bragging about how he has no intention to wrestle and will let submissions go if he has them because he wants to bang. To me, that indicates that he's coming in with the gameplan of fighting exactly like Barry wants and that means he loses. Pat Barry by TKO, round 2.

Fraser Coffeen: Barry's problem has long been his Fight IQ, but he seems to have that under control lately. He's a superior technical striker to Johnson, who doesn't have the all around game to counteract that. If Barry plays smart, he's got this. Pat Barry, KO, R1

KJ Gould: Pat Barry is a more technical, arguably more powerful and definitely more experienced striker. Slowly but surely he's filling in the holes in his game through wrestling at Brock Lesnar's Death Clutch gym, and his ground game with BJJ ace Rodrigo ‘Comprido ‘ Medeiros. Johnson is a big, powerful guy out of AKA, and a natural athlete from his college football days. I just don't think he's refined enough to hang with Barry on the feet, and Barry is less a fish out of water on the mat these days. Pat Barry by KO.

Ben Thapa: Lavar Johnson will make this as much like Kongo/Barry as possible once the exchanges start getting serious. There will be little defense from either man and punch-fist bombs are going to land on faces. I suspect that the ability of Christian Morecraft to land on Barry does not bode well for Barry's chances of winning this brawl. Both fighters are eminently likable, with Barry being easily one of the most relaxed and humorous people to interact with anywhere in the sport, but Lavar has more natural power in his hands than Pat does. I predict that they come out cautious and then pick it up towards the end of the first, while finishing things in the second either way. I call Johnson, KO, Round 2.

David Castillo: Easy fight to pick. Pat Barry will only lose fights where he's either overzealous, or ends up on the ground. Johnson isn't skilled enough to capitalize on those weaknesses. Pat Barry by TKO.

Tim Burke: Barry loses fights all the time. He's still getting submitted by Mirko Cro Cop in the gym. While he is technically superior and his leg kicks could very well be the difference, Johnson throws bombs and his boxing is better than he's getting credit for. No one's taking this to the ground, and Johnson's gonna knock out Barry on the feet. Lavar Johnson by knockout, round 1.

Dallas Winston: Johnson made an intelligent change in style and stance against Beltran. Instead of squaring up and looping left hooks to set up his monster right hand, he adopted a closed stance to lengthen his jab (81" reach), crept forward more cautiously and waited until Beltran was cornered before bringing the thunder. Though a small and subtle adjustment, it definitely maximized his strengths and showed that he's evolving beyond the role of a primitive brawler. Barry has spent his entire UFC career finagling a way to use his quickness and footwork to dart in and out range without absorbing punishment from a larger and longer striker. He'll probe with leg kicks and commit hard to them when he's able, switch from orthodox to southpaw and mix up the angles he uses on the way in and out. Johnson has only been stopped by strikes once and 3 rounds is a long time to connect, but I think Barry's speed and footwork will prevail. Pat Barry by decision.

Staff picking Barry: Fraser, KJ, Brookhouse, David, Dallas
Staff picking Johnson: Thapa, Tim, Stephie

Anthony Ferguson vs. Michael Johnson

Brent Brookhouse: Johnson is really inconsistent and it makes it hard to really get a read on him. Ferguson doesn't strike me as a world beater, but he's a very capable fighter and certainly seems to be that level ahead of Johnson. Tony Ferguson by TKO, round 3.

KJ Gould: Tony Ferguson has more upside than Michael Johnson as far as TUF alumni's go. He also has a killer instinct that has been missing from a lot of TUF contestants in seasons past, and Johnson doesn't really have that same mentality. I think Ferguson beats up Johnson pretty easily. Ferguson by TKO.

Ben Thapa: I rather like this fight. Johnson beat the decision win out of Shane Roller (who was fighting on short notice) in his last outing and Ferguson took a decision from Yves Edwards. They are on roughly the same plane and match up evenly in most areas. I have a hunch that Johnson ducks under the wilder punches of Ferguson and grinds out at least two rouds. Michael Johnson, decision.

David Castillo: I think this is a very competitive fight if Johnson fights like he's capable of. However, Ferguson is tough enough to break down Johnson. While his striking is a bit sloppy (ok, very), it's still incredibly effective. And he throws from a variety of angles. And Johnson may or may have his cardio in check. Tony Ferguson by Decision.

Tim Burke: I think that Ferguson is clearly the better, more well-rounded fighter. He's not going to have a huge advantage on the feet, but it'll be enough. The obvious solution to Michael Johnson is get him on the ground, but Ferguson is probably not quite capable of that. El Cucuy is one of the few TUF winners I'm interested in though, and this should be a good evaluation of his improvement. Tony Ferguson by decision.

Dallas Winston: Perceptive note from Thapa, as Johnson has been matched with grapplers who've forced him into a defensive-striking mode where Ferguson has been paired with strikers who are willing to stand and trade with no threat of takedowns. Johnson's boxing has been looking laser-straight and ultra-crisp and Ferguson's penchant for torquing wide-sailing hooks from the waist leaves him vulnerable for counters. Yves Edwards, who's still a phenomenal striker, used precision and quickness to find holes, and I think Johnson can replicate that strategy -- though do so with more size and the added threat of his wrestling. I think this one's razor-thin but, regardless of the differences in competition, I like Ferg here for his rugged chin, huge power, strong wrestling and overall gameness. Tony Ferguson by decision.

Staff picking Ferguson: Fraser, KJ, Brookhouse, David, Tim, Dallas, Stephie
Staff picking Johnson: Thapa

John Dodson vs. Tim Elliott

KJ Gould: It's hard to gauge how good Flyweight fighters are because of the newness of the weight class to the UFC. Unless they were standouts at Bantamweight or Featherweight, a lot of it is up in the air as far as predictions go. We're familiar with Dodson from winning his season of TUF, and he's more experienced than Elliot, though Elliot is on more of a win streak and has a win over Jens Pulver on his resume (which unfortunately for Lil Evil, means very little these days). i'm going to go what we're familiar with, and Dodson has performed under UFC's bright lights before so that might serve him well. Dodson by KO.

David Castillo: Elliot's a decent fighter (fluid on the ground, but workmanlike standup), but I'm a believer when it comes to John Dodson. I don't think he's elite, but he's incredibly talented, and his undeniable power will be the difference in this fight. John Dodson by TKO.

Ben Thapa: I agree with David above. Dodson should be able to out-talent Elliot at this stage in their careers.

Tim Burke: I'm not as high on Dodson as everyone else, but he's better than Elliott. John Dodson by TKO, round 2.

Dallas Winston: If I were Dodson, I would have held off on dropping weight because his combination of blinding quickness and wrestling made for an imposing bantamweight and he could always fall back on dropping after a loss. Either way, Elliott is a good wrestler with stiff boxing, but Dodson's freakish quickness will still be unmatchable. John Dodson by TKO.

Staff picking Dodson: Fraser, KJ, Brookhouse, David, Thapa, Tim, Dallas, Stephie
Staff picking Elliott:

John Hathaway vs. Pascal Krauss

KJ Gould: Krauss may have a submission heavy record, but who has he faced? Hathaway has surprised many with his athleticism from his Rugby days, and his wrestling ability honed at London Shootfighters. He also has wins over Diego Sanchez and Rick Story, with his sole loss coming at the hands of the crafty Mike Pyle. Injury has kept Hathaway out of action for a while, and this clearly seems to be a bounce-back fight for him. it's his fight to lose. Hathaway by Decision.

David Castillo: Hathaway will never be as good as the wins on his record indicate, but that's not to say he isn't a decent fighter. Krauss will need to get this fight on the ground, although he's competent enough on the feet to make this a grinding, ugly fight (Hathaway doesn't do any one thing particularly well). Still, all things being equal, the better athlete usually wins, and Hathaway is the better athlete. Hathaway by decision.

Tim Burke: I used to be quite high on Hathaway at one time, but it's become clear that his wrestling isn't elite. He had trouble with Kris McCray of all people. That being said, I severely doubt that Krauss can get his game going against Hathaway, and it should be a pretty easy win for the Brit. It'll probably be pretty boring though. John Hathaway by decision.

Ben Thapa: Hathaway has a solid ability to put some knees on people and to catch them at exactly the right times to break their rhythm. Krauss has not fought the level of opponents that Hathaway has, but he has done something rather crucial - he beat almost all of them quickly and with finishes. I suspect that the decision against Scanlon came from a bit of Octagon jitters and despite the layoff, I believe Krauss will display his better natural talent for this fightin' thing and take out Hathaway with a guillotine. Krauss, submission, Round 2.

Dallas Winston: It's odd but Hathaway really seems to have a rugby base. That, along with his length, diversity and natural instincts, has been surprisingly effective. I think this is a situation for his overall proficiency but absent specialization will come to light. Krauss is a technical boxer with strong wrestling, so I see Hathaway's reach being the biggest obstacle to overcome. Barring ring-rust or after-effects from his injuries, Krauss should revivify his rep here. Pascal Krauss by decision.

Staff picking Hathaway: Fraser, Brookhouse, David, Tim, Stephie
Staff picking Krauss: Thapa, Dallas

Louis Gaudinot vs. John Lineker

David Castillo: Gaudinot has proven his toughness before, but he's gonna have have his hands full with the wild, heavy handed Lineker. Unless Lineker tires himself out throwing windmills, perhaps Louis can capitalize, but I don't think that's what we'll see. John Lineker by TKO, round 3.

Tim Burke: Lineker throws bombs. Gaudinot eats bombs. This will be fun and will go a while, but eventually Lineker will get the W. John Lineker by TKO, round 2.

Ben Thapa: This is my upset pick for Fight of the Night, over Barry/Johnson. Flyweights come to this game with the serious stuff. Lineker should have been the fourth entry into the flyweight mini-tournament a while ago over Urushitani. Gaudinot is entertaining, but eventually, he will succumb to the big strikes fo Lineker in the closing round. John Lineker, KO, Round 3.

Dallas Winston: Gaudinot had a good rep coming into TUF as the Ring of Combat flyweight champion, but the fact that he's only 7-fights deep and yet to impress at the top-level makes this an easy pick for Lineker, who is a mean and brutal boxer with something to prove.

Staff picking Gaudinot:
Staff picking Lineker: Fraser, KJ, Brookhouse, David, Tim, Thapa, Dallas, Stephie

Danny Castillo vs. John Cholish

David Castillo: Despite some odd performances every now and then, I don't think you can deny that Danny Castillo is a talented fighter, but Cholish is scrappy enough to make this fight competitive, especially late. It's not a confident pick, but I think Castillo rips the early guillotine. Danny Castillo by submision, round 2.

Ben Thapa: Castillo picking Castillo to win? Noooot a surprise at all. Unfortunately, he is wrong about what will happen. Cholish is a newcomer to the elite MMA scene, but is sneaky good with getting his takedowns or rolling kneebars. He might be the best finisher that Castillo has ever fought and despite his oddly stiff gait, I see Cholish actually putting Last Call out with some punches.

Tim Burke: There are few things I dislike more than Last Call. The fighter and the literal meaning. Cholish is one of those newbies that won't get the respect he deserves till he beats someone of note. This is that time. John Cholish by submission, round 2.

Dallas Winston: I don't know why but I've come to appreciate Castillo's tenacity and ruggedness; perhaps because he reminds me of a young Eugene Jackson when winging those nasty hooks. I think Cholish is a sleeper who can hang with Castillo in the wrestling department and has slightly tighter striking and a clear submission advantage. This is a coin-flip for me but the diversity of Cholish sways my vote. John Cholish by submission.

Staff picking Castillo: Fraser, KJ, Brookhouse, David, Stephie
Staff picking Cholish: Thapa, Tim, Dallas

Dennis Bermudez vs. Pablo Garza

Fraser Coffeen: Bermudez is a lot of fun, but he's reckless. Garza should be able to keep focused, stay on target, and capitalize on Bermudez's style to catch him. I expect this will be short but action-packed. Pablo Garza, Submission, R1

Ben Thapa: We are jinxing this by saying it will end early. Garza loves throwing up the early submissions and often gets them, but I'm not sure his style is one that matches up with Bermudez's well. I suspect that this is going to be a scramblefest for the first round, while settling into sporadic stand-up engagements for the rest of the other two rounds. There, I pick the taller, longer Garza to win those engagements. Pablo Garza, decision.

David Castillo: If Bermudez were taller, I'd take him, but he's not. Garza is relatively calculated, and a talented grappler to boot whereas Bermudez can only hope to force a slugfest which Pablo won't fall for. I consider it a miracle Dennis even made it to the TUF finals. Hell, even his fight to get into the house was a nightmare for him. Pablo Garza by submission.

Tim Burke: I'm completely shocked that Garza is the underdog in this. Bermudez just isn't really that good. While Garza isn't going to win the title anytime soon, he's slick and should have little problem submitting Bermudez. Pablo Garza by sub, round 2.

Dallas Winston: Garza has been so difficult to get a read on, what with the sub-loss to Zhang, decision to Michael Johnson on TUF and highlight-reel finishes by way of flying knee and flying triangle. He's a rangy fella with devastating Thai skills at close range and I'll take unpolished talent and inconsistency over a shorter fighter with a knack for eating punches. Pablo Garza by TKO.

Staff picking Bermudez: KJ, Brookhouse
Staff picking Garza: Fraser, David, Thapa, Tim, Dallas, Stephie

Roland Delorme vs. Nick Denis

David Castillo: Delorme looked fluid and composed in his last fight, but his competition wasn't exactly stellar. Denis should find the openings and land hard shots. Who knows, maybe he even scores another elbow combination knockout. Nick Denis by TKO, round 2.

Tim Burke: This isn't gonna be the cakewalk for the Ninja of Love that some think. Delorme is a good grappler and if he can get Nick off his feet, it's going to be interesting. I still think Denis will get the KO though. Canada wins either way, so I'm good. Nick Denis by TKO, round 2.

Ben Thapa: Canadians will never win with those beer prices. Denis looked nigh upon unstoppable in his last outing (22 second KO victory), but it is unlikely that Delorme falls victim to the same gong and dash style. Denis should be able to work several nice standing strikes in as Delorme hunts a takedown and I predict that we see a rather nice KO. Nick Denis, KO, Round 1.

Dallas Winston: Delorme is slick on the mat but the necessity of clinching up to work his Judo for takedowns will be a tough aspect. Denis is an absolute madman on the feet and a brilliant finisher who should be able to emply Cuddle-Jitsu to survive on the ground if Delorme gets him there. Nick Denis by TKO.

Staff picking Delorme:
Staff picking Denis: Fraser, KJ, Brookhouse, David, Tim, Thapa, Dallas, Stephie

Mike Massenzio vs. Karlos Vemola

Fraser Coffeen: I know a lot of people are not impressed by Massenzio, and I admit, he's not fantastic. But he has shown good moments, particularly his win over Cantwell. Meanwhile, Vemola's only UFC win is over Seth Petruzelli. SETH PETRUZELLI. Come on, that's not an impressive credential. He's also dropping down too far in my opinion, and he's never exactly been a cardio machine. Only question is, can Massenzio close the show? I suspect so. Mike Massenzio, KO, R2

David Castillo: Vemola is gonna do what he usually does: attempt slams, and wing wild right hands. Then gas. Massenzio will weather the inconsistent storm, and take a comfortable decision. Mike Massenzio by decision.

Tim Burke: I think Mike Massenzio is a mid-tier UFC middleweight. I think Karlos Vemola should be fighting bears in KSW. 185 is too much for Vemola, and Massenzio is smart enough to play his game. Mike Massenzio by decision.

Ben Thapa: Massenzio has fought far better opponents than Vemola and has acquitted himself pretty well. Mike should quickly shove Karlos to the ground and start whaling away at him until the referee stops it. Mike Massenzio, KO, Round 1.

Dallas Winston: Massenzio seems to be hitting his stride after the Cantwell fight and getting comfortable plying his wrestling and boxing together. We all know what to expect from Vemola and I'm quite skeptical about his endurance after shrinking his once-heavyweight frame down to middleweight proportions. Mike Massenzio by decision.

Staff picking Massenzio: Fraser, KJ, , David, Tim, Thapa, Dallas, Stephie, Dallas
Staff picking Vemola:

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