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UFC 164: Henderson vs. Pettis staff picks and predictions

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Check out who the Bloody Elbow staff is picking for each and every UFC 164 fight.


Ben Henderson vs. Anthony Pettis

Tim Burke: I'm still not fully on the Pettis bandwagon. I have no idea, but there's something about his style that irks me and I can't figure out what it is. Regardless, Henderson generally fights smart and I think he can ground Pettis, unlike Melendez and Edgar. I'm going with the champ. Ben Henderson by decision.

Anton Tabuena: Everyone remembers the showtime kick, and rightfully so, but that fight was extremely close up to the final minute, so I think this will boil down to which fighter has improved more since 2010. Pettis looks to have worked on his wrestling quite a bit, but overall, I think that distinction goes to Henderson as he has looked like a completely different fighter ever since moving to the UFC. He has shown improvements with his striking, more technical grappling (even medaling at the mundials), and he has fought a lot smarter too. Benson Henderson by Decision.

Mookie Alexander: Unbelievably tough fight to pick. I'm not confident picking either guy because it's such a close matchup. Has Pettis improved his takedown defense enough to keep it standing? We really don't know because he quickly finished Lauzon and Cerrone. Henderson is the better wrestler, but even in their first fight he wasn't able to pin Pettis down like Guida was able to. I think the striking battle is going to be Pettis' all the way, and I don't think it's mentioned enough that he rarely gets hit on the feet, which has been a problem for Bendo in the past. I don't expect this fight to live up to the first one, but I still think we'll get wild scrambles, great back-and-forth exchanges, and I'm picking Pettis to unseat Henderson tonight. Anthony Pettis by 48-47 unanimous decision.

T.P. Grant: A tough fight to pick. Clearly there is the fact that Pettis is the man who took Henderson's WEC Lightweight title from him, but it was a razor close fight that look Pettis landing a flying kick off the cage in the closing seconds of the fight to win. While both have improved since that fight Henderson has stayed so active and has been in their with so many elite Lightweights, while Pettis' has only fought twice since 2011, I lean Henderson. Ben Henderson by Decision.

David St. Martin: I love Pettis' style but Henderson has 'UFC Champion' money behind him now. The added resources gained from winning and holding a UFC strap are immense, coupled with the fact that Henderson may outweigh his opponent by nearly 20lbs come fight night. Pettis, a true featherweight, has battled injuries for years, assumedly making it harder to improve as a fighter while focused on rehabilitation. He just hasn't gotten the cage time, making only four prior UFC appearances since 2011. I see another decision victory for Bendo. Henderson via Dec.

Zane Simon: While it's the easy pick, there's something about it I don't like. Namely Benson Henderson gives opponents lots of chances. And by lots I mean five rounds of them and recently Pettis seems to have made the leap from very decent striker to truly elite. Because of that I think that something definitive is going to happen. I don't know where, I don't know when, but... Anthony Pettis by TKO.

David Castillo: After rewatching the first fight, I feel torn in two different directions. On the one hand, Pettis landed a lot more strikes than the famous "showtime kick", and Henderson's defense on the feet still sucks for such a world class fighter. On the other hand, he doesn't take as many chances these days. And Pettis' takedown defense looked better in that fight than it does only months ago. Coin flip. Anthony Pettis by Decision.

Connor Ruebusch: People will credit the Showtime Kick with winning Pettis that fight, but he was well on his way to victory before that kick, easily winning the fifth, and arguably the fourth round (one judge gave it to him). The problem I see is that Pettis is an incredibly patient fighter... sometimes to the point of laziness. Henderson has really increased his striking output since coming to the UFC, and these days he tends to throw a lot of those hard kicks to the body and legs. If Pettis takes his time and doesn't land the shot he needs to put Bendo away, it's possible that he loses a close decision to the champ. Henderson also has a grinding clinch game and excellent grappling. The caveat is that Bendo tends to go for chances with no regard for position, whereas Pettis is far more tactical. I honestly think that Pettis is just a rough matchup for Henderson, and always will be, but I keep flip-flopping on this one. Even though moments ago I had Pettis' name written here, with a late round TKO, I suddenly feel like Henderson wants this more than Pettis does. Voting with my heart and I know that's silly, but Ben Henderson by Submission (Rear Naked Choke), round 4.

Fraser Coffeen: I'm with Tim on this - for some reason I still am just not super impressed by Pettis. Maybe it's the ghost of the Guida fight, but I still don't see him as the very top of the food chart kind of guy. There's also the rematch factor - in rematches, I tend to go with the smarter fighter, and that's Bendo. So, Ben Henderson by decision

Staff picking Henderson: Stephie, Grant, DSM, Tim, Anton, Connor, Fraser
Staff picking Pettis: Mookie, Zane, David, Dallas

Josh Barnett vs. Frank Mir

Tim Burke: Barnett can take him down and he's never been legitimately submitted. Could Mir knock him out? I highly doubt it. Barnett is hard to judge here, but I think he's a nightmare for Mir stylistically. Josh Barnett by decision.

Anton Tabuena: I do expect some sloppy kickboxing and a lot of cage work (that some may attribute to wall-n-stall) in the process, but I do think this will eventually to go to the ground. And when we have two grapplers who aren't likely to submit each other, I'm picking the guy with better top control. Josh Barnett by Decision.

Mookie Alexander: I don't know if Josh Barnett being a top 10 heavyweight in 2013 is a testament to Barnett or a perfect illustration for the reputation that heavyweight is a super thin division. Will Barnett trouble JDS or Cain? Hell no, he'll be staring up at flashlights if he fought either of them. But can he beat Frank Mir? Absolutely. Mir has mustered practically zero offense in his last two fights and I think Barnett has more in the tank to outstrike and outgrapple him. Josh Barnett by decision.

David St. Martin: While I wish we'd have gotten this fight five years ago, such is life. This fight could end up looking very similar to Mir's last, a grinder against the cage. I'll take Barnett in that stanza as I wait for Greg Jackson to try to resurrect Mir's cardio. Barnett via Dec.

Zane Simon: I really have no idea where to go with this fight. The last time we saw Barnett fight a top heavyweight he got beat silly. For Mir's part he always seems a win away from being a late notice replacement on a title shot. I think Barnett can paste seven out of ten heavyweights in the division, but I honestly don't see him replacing Mir as the gatekeeper to the top 5. Frank Mir by Decision.

David Castillo: I feel like Frank Mir is as underrated as Barnett is overrated, which is to say both guys are not quite as good as their biggest fans (Mir fans? Yea, I know) would have you believe, nor are they as flawed as their biggest critics would have you believe. Barnett's advantage on the feet, for example, won't be as pronounced as some predict. Mir has enough power to command Barnett's respect, regardless of how respectable his chin has been over the years. And he's become competent with it over the years. I'm tempted to pick Mir because he seems to play the spoiler role pretty well, but I can't ignore Barnett's advantage on the matter how minimal. These HW fights are usually pretty bizarre, and unexpected, so I think Mir actually rocks Josh on the feet despite Barnett's history of being utterly durable and tough. To 2007 we go. Frank Mir by TKO, round 2.

Connor Ruebusch: I actually found Barnett to be quite impressive in his loss to Daniel Cormier, especially considering the fact that he broke his left hand about thirty seconds into the fight. His striking looked solid, including a nice knee and right hand that rocked Cormier, his wrestling was as nullified as I expected it to be and no more and, most importantly, he fought a hard fight to the end of the fifth round without gassing. Frank Mir has a nasty habit of surprising people, but this isn't the ghost of Big Nog we're talking about. Barnett's still got it. Josh Barnett by TKO, round 3.

Fraser Coffeen: This is an incredibly tough fight to call. I don't see us getting much of the grappling battle we want here, so I'm basing this off of their stand-up habits. And there, I think Mir actually has the advantage. Both men have really improved in this area over the years, but Mir more so. The guys who give Mir trouble are the real explosive ones, and that's not Barnett. Mir stays cool, works him over, and takes the win. Frank Mir by decision

Staff picking Barnett: Stephie, Mookie, DSM, Tim, Anton, Connor
Staff picking Mir: Grant, Zane, David, Dallas, Fraser

Clay Guida vs. Chad Mendes

Tim Burke: Guida's new style might be ugly and people hate it, but it's earned him a split decision with a guy that was supposed to blow him out (Maynard) and a win over a guy that probably beat him (Hioki). Basically, it's impressing judges apparently. Mendes is really good, but does he want to wrestle with Guida? Will he just kick him from the outside? I have a feeling this fight will be as weird as Guida's last two, and a lot closer than people think. I gotta go with Mendes, but a split or at least a 29-28 wouldn't surprise me at all. Chad Mendes by decision.

Anton Tabuena: Guida has been rewarded by idiotic judges in the past, but I don't think he will be able to steal rounds this time as Mendes is a stylistic nightmare for him. Chad Mendes by Submission.

Mookie Alexander: Guida has practically no chance. That's all there is to it. The only question is whether Mendes has the power to KO or TKO Clay, which has proven to be incredibly difficult. Generally, the way to finish Guida is to hurt him on the feet and set up a submission, and that's something Alpha Male guys do very well. I'll go with Chad Mendes by rear naked choke, round 2.

David St. Martin: I'm excited to see what Duane Ludwigs' coaching brings to Mendes' game. I know Ludwig was technically the head coach at Team Alpha Male during Mendes' last performance in April, but they've now had some real time to work together. Guida still has a lot to prove at featherweight. He hasn't looked great in his last few outings and needs a strong performance here. I'm worried Chad is just a much better version of all Guida could ever possibly be. Mendes via Sub Round 2.

Zane Simon: Mendes is looking to prove that he's the no. 2 Featherweight in the world (sorry but that's just what Team Alpha Male does). And really it's nothing to sneeze at. I don't know why David is saying he can't wait to see what Ludwig can do with Mendes because I'd say that his last fight was perfect example. He's taking the athletic powerhouse fighters at Team Alpha Male and giving them just the right striking to make them serious KO threats and I think that for as tough as Clay Guida is he's going to bounce in range a few to many times and get put out for it. Chad Mendes by KO, Round 2.

David Castillo: Easiest fight to predict in recent memory. Guida always loses the fight he can't mosh his way into the ground. Plus Mendes has face melting power. Mendes stuffs Clay's takedowns, and doesn't get distracted by Guida's hair. Chad Mendes by TKO.

Connor Ruebusch: Definitely Mendes, though I doubt he'll knock Guida out like he has been doing. I fully expect Guida to make Mendes look mediocre on the feet, and Mendes isn't exactly a thriller himself when it goes to the ground, though I'm confident he'll be able to get it there at some point. Chad Mendes by Unanimous Decision.

Staff picking Guida:
Staff picking Mendes: Stephie, Mookie, DSM, Grant, Zane, Tim, David, Anton, Connor, Dallas, Fraser

Ben Rothwell vs. Brandon Vera

Tim Burke: This is going to be like the Vera/K-Sos fight - Vera will outclass him on the feet and confuse Rothwell enough to keep him at bay, but he's not finishing him. Brandon Vera by decision.

Anton Tabuena: I've said this before, and while I know it's unrelated, it's worth noting that a 265 lb guy like Ben Rothwell is taking legal sterio... I mean TRT, to face a light heavyweight who is much older than him. As if I needed more reason to root for the Filipino. Brandon Vera by Decision.

Mookie Alexander: This is the type of fight Vera should win. And for that reason alone I'm picking Big Ben. Ben Rothwell by decision.

Zane Simon: At some point Brandon Vera is probably reinventing himself into a fighter that loses to Ben Rothwell. I'd say that time is now. Ben Rothwell by TKO Round 1.

David Castillo: As much as I enjoy Rothwell KO'ing Schaub for the bizarre nature of it all, I don't think Rothwell is all that great, and this is exactly the kind of fight Rothwell can flounder in. Vera gets properly criticized, but the guts he showed in the Shogun fight were enough to make me forget Vera's ridiculous bluster over the years, and at least respect the guy for being a technically sound(ish) fighter who won't ever challenge for a title. Brandon Vera by Decision.

Connor Ruebusch: Let's be honest: Vera has little to no defense on the feet. It is quite possible to completely outclass him on the ground. He isn't much of a wrestler, and he has neither the power nor the wherewithal to crack a granite jaw. But is Rothwell good enough to beat him? Nope. Brandon Vera by TKO, round 3.

Staff picking Rothwell: Mookie, Grant, Zane
Staff picking Vera: Stephie, DSM, Tim, David, Anton, Fraser

Erik Koch vs. Dustin Poirier

Tim Burke: I sooo love this fight. This is going to be a war, but I think it's going to go a little differently that people expect. Koch isn't the scrambling, all-over-the-cage guy that Poirier is. If Poirier can make Koch play his game, it's his fight to win. If he gets in a straight kickboxing fight, he's going to get the crap kicked out of him for 15 minutes. I'm counting on Poirier to take Koch out of his comfort zone, but I don't think he'll be able to. Either way I'd be shocked if this didn't win fight of the night, but I'm leaning towards Koch here. Erik Koch by decision.

Mookie Alexander: Koch is better on the feet and Poirier's defense leaves much to be desired. Poirier is better on the ground and he has some damn good submissions. I'm torn here. I think both fighters are just a smidgen overrated if we go by their strength of victory, but I believe Poirier is the superior overall fighter. As long as he doesn't play Koch's game he's going to win. Dustin Poirier by decision.

Zane Simon: Dustin Poirier always surprises me. His striking is sharper than I think it will be, his ground game more stifling, his submissions sliker. Unfortunately he also has a habit of dropping fights to the very top of the division. That doesn't really sum up Koch however, who gained a lot of hype for reasons that are now no longer really clear to me. The record of who he's beat now reads like a record of guys who aren't in the UFC anymore and his trips to the top ten have met with similar results. Given that, Dustin Poirier by Unanimous Decision.

David Castillo: Poirier is a really good fighter, but his overzealous offense gets him into real trouble, whereas I still think Koch is awesome on the feet. In fact, watching his fight with Lamas, it's kind of jarring how quickly Koch looks in control, only to be wiped off the face of the Earth in seconds. That's still one of the most brutal onslaughts I've ever seen on the ground, but not representative of what he can do. Erik Koch by Decision.

Connor Ruebusch: Like Zane, Poirier always surprises me. However, it's usually his lack of success that shocks me. For a guy who came into the UFC with tremendous hype, I'm always shocked to be so underwhelmed by his skills. His defense is without nuance and often ineffective, his strikes lack power and precision, and his takedowns just leave something to be desired. I'm probably being far too hard on him, but I see a Roufus-trained striker like Koch taking Poirier out. Then again, Poirier made Cub Swanson look less-than-great on the feet, for whatever reason, so Erik Koch by Decision.

Staff picking Koch: Tim, David, Anton, Dallas
Staff picking Poirier: Stephie, Mookie, DSM, Grant, Zane, Fraser

Gleison Tibau vs. Jamie Varner

Tim Burke: Varner's wrestling is good but Tibau is a tank. Varner has the better boxing though. For some reason that I can't quite explain, I don't see Tibau getting taken down or beaten up. If he brings the pressure, he can beat Varner. He'll need to be more active with his hands though, something that failed him against Nurmagomedov. I'll go for the bigger guy though. Gleison Tibau by decision.

Anton Tabuena: I just don't think Varner is the type of fighter who will get Tibau'd. Jamie Varner by Decision.

Zane Simon: Tibau can handle the bottom half of the lightweight division all day every day, but Varner is exactly the type of fighter he loses to. Jim Miller, Khabib Nurmagomedov, and Evan Dunham all handled Tibau. Varner posses a similar mix of wrestling and striking acumen and while Tibau never really gasses, his muscular frame sort of prevents him from ever really ratcheting up his offense past the first round. Look for Varner to continue his career rejuvenation. Jamie Varner by Unanimous Decision.

David Castillo: I like Varner to eek out advantages on the feet, leaving him enough room to win rounds on the scorecards without ever really threatening Tibau with the finish. Jamie Varner by Decision.

Connor Ruebusch: I screwed up last time picking too many underdogs on the main card, but I just can't avoid the feeling that Jamie Varner's resurgence is a bit of a fluke. He had a great fight with Lauzon, who has recently proved to be far removed from the tough and creative J-Lau we once knew. He knocked out Barboza, who arguably lost to the last two skilled strikers he fought, and whom the UFC has protected from wrestlers since his debut. And he split-decisioned the ever-questionable Melvin "Ceiling's-the-limit" Guillard. What I'm saying is that Jamie Varner's late-career resurgence has been bolstered by several other fighters' late-career declines and some suspect matchmaking. He could do well, but I'm far from convinced at this point. Tibau will do his thing here against Varner, though I'm sure this will be an exciting fight. Gleison Tibau by submission, round 2.

Staff picking Tibau: Tim, Connor, Dallas
Staff picking Varner: Stephie, Mookie, DSM, Grant, Zane, David, Anton, Fraser

Tim Elliott vs. Louis Gaudinot

Tim Burke: Do little guys get cage rust? Gaudinot hasn't fought in forever, so this is really hard to pick in my eyes. I'm going to lean Elliott just because of the time thing. Solid analysis I know. Tim Elliott by decision.

Anton Tabuena: I guess a lot of people were impressed by Gaudinot before? Why? Tim Elliot by Decision.

Zane Simon: I think this fight is a lot closer than others might have it pegged. Other than a brilliant comeback victory over John Lineker, Gaudinot hasn't shown much in his short career. And he also hasn't fought in over a year. Elliott, on the other hand, lost a decision to title contender John Dodson and then beat the since-released Jared Papazian. Picking a clear favorite between them feels like an impossible task. As such I'll take the upset. Tim Elliott by Split Decision.

David Castillo: Even though Gaudinot may prove to be a flash in the pan, he's still a solid fighter who I think matches up very well against Elliot's zombie punching. Louis Gaudinot by Decision.

Connor Ruebusch: Gaudinot was being outclassed on the feet in his fight with Lineker before getting that choke, but it's not like it was absolute domination. The green-haired fighter's defense leaves something to be desired, but he had a good sense of timing for counters, and he can clearly take a shot. Elliot didn't really impress me against Papazian, on the other hand, a fighter coming into the fight off of two straight losses. He proved to be very hittable. The X-factor is of course Gaudinot's long layoff, but I still think he has what it takes to take care of Elliot. Louis Gaudinot by TKO, round 2.

Staff picking Elliott: Zane, Tim, Anton, Anton
Staff picking Gaudinot: Stephie, Mookie, DSM, Grant, David, Connor, Dallas, Fraser

Pascal Krauss vs. Hyun Gyu Lim

Anton Tabuena: He's taking a bit of a step up in competition here, but I still expect him to show why everyone in Asia is speaks so highly about this guy. Hyun Gyu Lim by TKO.

Zane Simon: Pascal Krauss was once a pretty decently hyped prospect, at least until he ran into John Hathaway and a string of injury woes. Since then he took a decisive victory over Mike Stumpf. Lim, however, is a prospect with some shine still on him. Marcelo Guimaraes has proven himself to be, if not a great fighter, a tough out, and Lim caught him with a gorgeous knee for a knockout victory. I expect Lim and Krauss to trade a lot of heavy shots, but I think Lim has some serious next level athleticism and will find Krauss' chin a bit more often. Hyun Gyu Lim by KO, Round 2.

David Castillo: Lim is still a bit too raw on the feet. For as dangerous as he is standing, his forward-walking style leaves him open for the kind of grappling game Krauss is capable of. Pascal Krauss by Decision.

Connor Ruebusch: He came with tons of hype, and perhaps that made his performance against Guimaraes less impressive than it should have been, but I'm just not feeling Lim here. He is a huge welterweight with reach and power, but Krauss' only loss came to John Hathaway, which is nothing to be ashamed of, whereas Lim has been fighting tough-to-assess overseas competition, including a couple of really questionable matchups. Most importantly, he's got a huge weight cut that he's struggled with in the past, and Krauss is a more-than-capable striker with great submissions, which just so happen to make up two of Lim's three losses. Krauss will probably hang on the feet for a bit, and then finish the Korean on the ground. Pascal Krauss by Submission, round 3.

Staff picking Krauss: Stephie, Mookie, DSM, Grant, David, Connor, Fraser
Staff picking Lim: Zane, Tim, Anton, Dallas

Chico Camus vs. Kyung Ho Kang

Anton Tabuena: Apart from that iffy No-Contest against Caceres, Kyung Ho Kang's last real loss was against a one of Korea's more talented featherweights in Bae Young Kwon. I expect to see this former ROAD FC Bantamweight Champ to continue on chugging against a guy like Camus. Kyung Ho Kang by Submission

Zane Simon: Apparently I'm going to keep picking against sense in this fight as well. Kang, nicknamed the Typhoon, is a fantastic fighter. He lost an ultimately overturned fight to Alex Caceres that had more to do with Cacere's great length and scrambling ability than superior offense. Kang has fluid, powerful striking, an incredibly ground game and a wealth of talent. Camus, on the other hand, beat Dustin Pague before getting subbed out by Dustin Kimura. I'm expecting a repeat of the Kimura fight in which Camus hangs tough, and maybe even wins a round before getting caught. Kyung Ho Kang by Submission, Round 2.

David Castillo: Although I feel like Kang is the more talented fighter, I think Camus matches up well with him. The action on the feet will be dictated by Chico, and that's generally where I feel like the fight will stay. Make no mistake...Camus is in a world of hurt if Kang gets him to the ground, but I think that will be a major hurdle. Chico Camus by Decision.

Connor Ruebusch: I like Kang a lot, and I can't in good conscious pick a man named "Chico." For real though, Kang has good takedowns and exceptional grappling, and he's no slouch when it comes to striking. Camus has obvious power, but his recent loss via submission does not inspire confidence against a fighter like Kang. Kang's record might not look great, but I think he's improving, and a pair of submissions in his last two wins are enough to convince me that Camus will get put to sleep. Kyung Ho Kang by Submission, round 2.

Staff picking Camus: Stephie, Mookie, DSM, Grant, David, Dallas, Fraser
Staff picking Kang: Zane, Tim, Anton, Connor

Nikita Krylov vs. Soa Palelei

Anton Tabuena: Welcome Back to the UFC. Soa Palelei by TKO.

Zane Simon: I really want to pick Krylov here, really a lot. The Al Capone of MMA may be one of the best prospects the heavyweight division has seen in a long time, mostly because heavyweight doesn't really see prospects, guys tend to jump in age 30 ready to dominate. Krylov needs seasoning and a lot of it. He's wild on the feet and the ground and unless he's hooked up with a different camp since his UFC signing I don't know how much that's going to change. He's super young so he could improve rapidly, but I think Palelei is going to be too hungry for a dominant performance and Krylov will be too happy to hang out and strike with him. Soa Palelei by KO, Round 1.

David Castillo: For as totally unprepared for this fight as Krylov is, Soa Palelei is hardly the kind of fighter I'd expect to beat who he's "supposed to beat". He did lose to Eddie Sanchez after all. Also, he's a decent matchup for Soa if he can get the fight to the ground, which is what he'll be doing all three rounds. It's a mostly blind pick here, but I'll go with youth on this one. Expect an ugly one. Nikita Krylov by Decision.

Connor Ruebusch: Palelei is dangerous on the feet, and Krylov is nothing special there. The Hulk hasn't lost in a while, and Krylov's competition has been, no exaggeration, a bunch of jumped-up amateurs and fighters with losing records. So despite the similar numbers on their records, Palelei is by far the more seasoned veteran. II don't see any reason to pick Krylov against him. Soa Palelei by TKO, round 2.

Staff picking Krylov: Tim, David, Dallas
Staff picking Palelei: Stephie, Mookie, DSM, Grant, Zane, Anton, Connor, Fraser

Ryan Couture vs. Al Iaquinta

Anton Tabuena: I think a prospect like Couture got fed to the fire too quickly against Ross Pearson, but Iaquinta should be a better match up for him. Ryan Couture by Decision.

Zane Simon: Uh... Pass.

David Castillo: Iaquinta possesses the power to make this a very difficult fight for Couture, but I think he hangs tough and lets his grappling/wrestling technique take over to convince the judges he's the marginally better fighter. Ryan Couture by Decision.

Connor Ruebusch: I respect Couture's grit, but I really don't enjoy seeing him fight. I'm not sure if a bunch of ineffectual kicks will be enough to convince the judges this time around. Iaquinta's recent record looks awful, but his three solid wins on TUF (against three current UFC fighters) make me think that he could pull this one off. Couture's got good subs, but it's been some time since we've seen them, and Iaquinta's loss to Chiesa came on the back of a debilitating injury. What the heck, Al Iaquinta by Unanimous Decision.

Staff picking Couture: Stephie, Tim, David, Anton, Dallas, Fraser
Staff picking Iaquinta: Mookie, DSM, Grant, Connor

Magnus Cedenblad vs. Jared Hamman

Zane Simon: Very probably Cedenblad just isn't UFC quality. Hamman isn't really either, but he makes up for it in unbridled aggression and pain tolerance. Jared Hamman by TKO, Round 2.

David Castillo: Hamman actually has decent skills, but this is a fight tailor made for his style, and I think he'll prove to be a journeyman worth keeping by beating Cedenblad...whose knees Hamman should watch out for. Jared Hamman by TKO, round 3.

Connor Ruebusch: I'm not sure why Cedenblad isn't getting any love here. He's got a goofy style (and face), but he has very dangerous knees in the clinch, and his top game is strong. His kimura over Dan Edwards before coming to the UFC was very impressive, and all I remember of Hamman was his absolute inability to stop a single punch from Costa Philippou. I'm feeling Jycken here. Magnus Cedenblad by Submission, round 1.

Staff picking Cedenblad: (Cedenblad could sub him! -Dallas) That's what I'm thinking! - Connor
Staff picking Hamman: Stephie, Mookie, DSM, Grant, Zane, Tim, David, Anton, Dallas, Fraser