The next number one contender in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s welterweight division might be decided, when Jake Ellenberger and Diego Sanchez step inside the Octagon at UFC on Fuel TV. The event will be held on Feb. 15, at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, NE. Here are my predictions for the entire UFC on Fuel TV fight card:
Jake Ellenberger versus Diego Sanchez
Ellenberger was pretty impressive in his last fight against Jake Shields, handing the former Strikeforce middleweight champion his second straight loss inside the Octagon. Diego showed a lot of heart in his last fight against Martin Kampmann, winning a controversial decision (I scored the fight for the Dane). Striking wise, the fight is even, but Ellenberger packs more power in his punches. Ellenberger is also the better grappler, and I’ll be shocked if he doesn’t walk away with the victory. Ellenberger wins by TKO.
Stefan Struve versus Dave Herman
Struve will be in for a tough night when he faces Herman at UFC on Fuel TV. Struve will have a significant reach advantage during the fight, but he isn’t particularly good at keeping his opponents at bay. Herman should be able to get inside, and get his heavy hands on Struve’s suspect chin. Herman wins by TKO.
Aaron Simpson versus Ronny Markes
Very tough fight to call, both men are excellent grapplers and their striking abilities are pretty even as well. Given the fact Markes will be dropping down from the light-heavyweight division, he should have the strength advantage. As long as Markes shows up in shape, he should be able to secure his second straight win inside the Octagon. Markes wins via TKO.
Philip De Fries versus Stipe Miocic
Somebody’s ‘0’ will go when these two meet inside the Octagon at UFC on Fuel TV. Both have similar records, but Miocic has faced tougher competition. Miocic is also the more rounded fighter, and he should be fine as long as he stays away from Philip’s sick submissions. Miocic wins by decision.
T.J. Dillashaw versus Walel Watson
Dillashaw fell short in his last fight against John Dodson, and he’ll be in for another tough bout when he faces Watson at UFC on Fuel TV. Watson is the more experienced MMA fighter, and he’s also the better striker. Watson’s BJJ is pretty solid, and he should be able to hold his own if Dillashaw decides to take the fight to the ground. Watson wins by TKO.
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