We saw an exciting UFC Fight Night and now we get to watch the first UFC on Fox of the year. So with that, here we go with the review first:
UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Philippou
Main Event: Luke Rockhold vs. Costa Philippou
Prediction: Rockhold by submission. Result: Rockhold by strikes. Rockhold returned to his winning ways against Philippou by using an impressive kick to the ribs. He now wants a rematch with Vitor Belfort, however that probably won’t happen soon with Belfort’s title shot next.
Co-main Event: Lorenz Larkin vs. Brad Tavares
Prediction: Tavares by decision. Result: Same. Tavares mainly out wrestled Larkin and control him for most of the fight pulling an odd upset.
T.J. Dillashaw vs. Mike Easton
Prediction: Easton by decision. Result: Dillashaw by decision. The former college wrestler proved that he’s become more at Team Alpha Male.
Yoel Romero vs. Derek Brunson
Prediction: Romero by strikes. Result: Same. Romero pulled a come from behind victory in the third using his dangerous striking with elbows.
John Moraga vs. Dustin Ortiz
Prediction: Moraga by submission. Result: Moraga by decision. This was a close fight but obviously Moraga was able to hold onto the decision.
Cole Miller vs. Sam Sicilia
Prediction: Sicilia by strikes. Result: Miller by submission. Miller definitely has an elite submission game and he utilized it to get the win.
Overall score: 3.5/6; 0.583 prediction percentage. 1 for Tavares and Romero’s wins and 0.5 for Rockhold, Dillashaw and Moraga’s wins.
UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Thomson
Main Event: Benson Henderson vs. Josh Thomson
Prediction: Henderson by decision. Henderson has proved time and time again that he can go the distance by out striking his opponents the whole match and on occasion utilizing wrestling. However, one must remember that Thomson is a scrapper.
Co-main Event: Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Stipe Miocic
Prediction: Miocic by strikes. Miocic’s only blemish on his record is a loss to Stefan Struve and he rebounded nicely against Roy Nelson.
Donald Cerrone vs. Adriano Martins
Prediction: Martins by strikes. Martins can either go the distance or finish people and he has the tools to finish off the longtime veteran.
Darren Elkins vs. Jeremy Stephens
Prediction: Elkins by decision. Elkins as of late has been a grinder to the end guy but his striking is still dangerous, as is Stephen’s striking.
Are you looking forward to watching the UFC on basic TV for the first time this year? Feel free to leave a comment!