UFC 132 is right around the corner and the preliminary card is positively stacked with great fighters and exciting matchups. Joe Silva has definitely outdone himself this time, and here we’ll discuss the potential outcomes of this stellar undercard.
Jeff Hougland vs. Donny Walker
This is a battle of newcomers to the sport and the winner will likely be the man who handles the pressure of the UFC experience better. I’ve seen Hougland fight before as he fights in a local event in the Seattle area, and he loves submissions. This fight will likely hit the mat and when it does, expect Jeff Hougland to submit Donny Walker.
Anthony Njokuani vs. Andre Winner
The loser of this fight could very well find himself cut from the UFC. Bottom line is if the fight stays standing, expect Njokuani to have a discernible edge striking, control the fight and get the win. If Andre Winner is smart, and takes the fight to the canvas, he can control the fight and get a win himself. Whoever wins gets to stay in the UFC while the loser might need a work visa to fight in Canada before long.
Aaron Simpson vs. Brad Tavares
Brad brings his undefeated 7-0 record into this fight with stud wrestler Aaron Simpson. This will be a classic striker versus grapple match and Simpson will need to take the fight down relatively early to avoid serious punishment standing. This fight could very steal the show and could provide explosive. If they stand, Tavares wins, if they grapple, Simpson gets the win.
Brian Bowles vs. Takeya Mizugaki
When Brian Bowles steps into the Octagon Saturday night he’ll be doing so for the second time as a professional. The former Bantamweight Champion has a very solid 9-1 record and has won all of his fights inside the distance in a fight and he will be looking to finish Takeya Saturday night. Takeya is a talented fighter and is certainly no pushover. He’ll look to push the fight standing and win small exchanges.
In this fight you have one fighter who finishes all his opponents in Bowles and one who goes the distance a lot in Takeya. In this fight, if it goes the distance, it’s good for Takeya, but bet it doesn’t. Brian should be able to control the action and find a stoppage standing in the late second or early third round.
Rafael dos Anjos vs. George Sotiropoulos
The first of the two Spike TV fights features submission specialists George Sotiropoulos and Rafael dos Anjos. Both fighters were on winning streaks and both lost in their last trips to the Octagon. Sotiropoulos dropped a fight to Dennis Siver while Rafael dos Anjos dropped a tough fight to Clay Guida. Both of these guys love the submission game and that could result in this being a stand-up clash. If that were to happen, dos Anjos might have a small advantage. The fact of the matter is George Sotiropoulos will likely take the fight to the ground and when he does; he should be able to submit dos Anjos.
Melvin Guillard vs. Shane Roller
This is a very interesting fight between a world class striker in Guillard who’s won four in a row and seven of his last eight fights. On the other side of the cage is Shane Roller, a former division one wrestler from Oklahoma State has a 10-3 record and will be looking to take this fight down to the mat and work for submissions.
In MMA you’ll hear that a fight is a striker versus grappler match up quite a bit. This fight lives up the that billing. Shane Roller wants to take Guillard down and Guillard wants to stand and search for a damaging strike to finish Roller. In what would be an upset, expect Roller to take Guillard down and control him en route to a decision victory.