The UFC is in Utah tonight! Seeing how the UFC’s first attempt to hold an event there was an absolute disaster (they had to move the event due to terrible ticket sales,) one would think that the UFC would put together a card with bigger names than are currently scheduled for the card. Alas, it is what it is.
The main card is actually pretty good on paper, and so are the Fight Pass prelims. But the tv prelims? They look disastrous. Hopefully, they wind up being a fun viewing experience.
Fight Pass prelims (7/6c, UFC Fight Pass)
Justin Ledet (6-0) vs. Chase Sherman (9-1)
The first fight on the docket features a pair of Heavyweights that are set to make their UFC debuts. Neither man has ever gone the distance, with Sherman winning four of his fights via submission, while Sherman has seen every fight end via first round knockout. I see this one going the same way, assuming that it stays on the feet. If Ledet can take Sherman down, he’ll get the sub. But if it stays standing, I’m expecting Sherman to end it early in the bout. Prediction: Sherman via knockout, round 1.
Cub Swanson (22-7) vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri (35-9-2)
The final Fight Pass bout deserves to at least be on tv. Hell, it was initially thought to be the co-main event of the evening when it was first announced! Sadly, this is also a matchup between two once great fighters who are past their primes.
Kawajiri isn’t what he once was, and has gone the distance in five of his last six bouts. He’s 3-2 inside the octagon, but is 38 years old, and might retire at any time. Swanson has lost two of his last three since a 6-fight winning streak. Both men have many finishes to their credit, 37 to be exact, and I won’t be shocked to see one here. My heart roots for Kawajiri to win again before he retires, but my head is in favor of Swanson here. Prediction: Swanson via decision.
Teruto Ishihara (8-2-2) over Horacio Gutierrez (2-2)via tko, round 2.
Jason Novelli (11-1-1) over David Teymur via submission, round 2.
Marcin Tybura (13-2) over Viktor Pesta (10-2) via grinding decision or late submission.
Court McGee (17-5) over Dominique Steele (14-7)via decision.