+175 Cezar Ferriera (11-5) vs -205 Jack Hermansson (14-2)
Cezar Ferriera: TUF: Brazil inaugural middleweight champion Cezar “Mutante” Ferriera has been perfect in 2016 stringing together back to back wins against Oluwale Bamgbose and Anthony Smith. Ferriera has changed up his stand and bang till someone falls style to a more well balanced striking and wrestling attack.
Mutante seems to have found a home at Miami’s MMA Masters, he made the move from the Blackzilians at the start of the year and won both fights while training with his new team. Ferriera has the physical gifts to be a contender in the middleweight division if he continues mixing up his attacks and staying out of slugfests.
Jack Hermansson: Swedish Cage Warriors middleweight champ Jack “The Joker” Hermansson eked out a decision over Scott Askham in his debut this past September. The hard fought decision was a nice start for Hermansson who has now won his last nine fights, mowing down his European competition before landing in the UFC.
Hermansson is a much better fighter than he was when he went o-2 in Bellator three years ago. His well rounded attack is a mixture of technical kickboxing and strong wrestling with the ability to catch a sub on an unsuspecting opponent. Hermansson is a quality addition to the UFC’s middleweight division.
The Fight: Ferriera will have the strength advantage and should be able to hold his own on the feet long enough to get it to the mat. Ferriera’s chin has not been to solid, but Hermansson lacks the pure knockout power to finish Mutante with one punch. Ferriera has been fading in the end of his fights, but he will be able t rack up enough control and ground and pound to take this on the cards. Ferriera Split Decision
Marcos Rogerio de Lima (14-4-1) vs. Gadzhimurad Antigulov (18-4)
Light Heavyweight (205)
Marcos Rogerio de Lima: TUF: Brazil 3 semi-finalist “Pezao” Marcos Rogerio de Lima was very impressive in his bout at UFC 197 against Clint Hester. de Lima completely dominated the Atlanta boxer and finished him off with a arm triangle choke in the first round of their April bout.
Pezao” is a force at 205. De Lima posses explosive power in his punches and kicks ending 10 of his 13 wins by way of KO/TKO, including his first two victories in the octagon over Richardson Moreira and Igor Pokajac. He has been fine tuning his skills with ATT Coconut Creek and will be a very tough out for the light heavyweight division.
Gadzhimurad Antiglov : Russian light heavyweight Gadzhimurad Antiglov earned most of his 18 wins in the Russian Absolute Championship Berkut promotion where Antiglov was the promotions champion. He has shown well rounded skills submitted and knocking out an equal amount of opponents.
At 5’11” 29 year old Antiglov is small for the light heavyweight division but has proven that size doesn’t matter if you have sledgehammers for fist. Big skilled Russians are hard to come by, it will be interesting to see what Antiglov will become in the UFC.
The Fight: Pezao should have the striking and strength advantage while Antiglov will be the superior grappler. Something tells me Pezao will land hard on the feet early in this match and keep rolling at 205. de Lima Knockout 1st
160 Francimar “Bodao” Barosso (18-5) vs. +120 Darren “the Dentist” Stewart (7-0)
Light Heavyweight (205)
Fancimar Barosso: Brazilian fighter Fancimar Barosso cut his teeth fighting in the multitude of smaller local promotions such as the ludicrously named Slap Fight Combat, as well as several bouts in Shooto: Brazil. Along the way, he amassed a respectable 15-3 record and won belts in both WOCS and Shooto: Brazil.
A Nova Uniao fighter, Barosso has black belts in both bjj and kickboxing and is equally comfortable on his feet or on the mat. Due to this, his victories are almost evenly matched between (T)KOs and submissions, with a few decisions as well. The other side of his willingness to stand and trade is three of his five losses coming from strikes.
Darren Stewart: Undefeated British brawler Darren Stewart is taking his first steps into the big leagues and is looking to make a name for himself by toppling the much more experienced Barosso. Stewart fights out of the MMA Clinic, home of UFC upstart “Irish Joe” Duffy, but their victories have come from opposite ends of the mma spectrum with five of his seven wins coming from strikes.
The Fight: Expect fireworks to start this card out, then as the two get to know one another a little better Barosso will most likely drag the brit into deep waters on the mat and use his superior grappling to help set up some heavy ground and pound. Barosso TKO 2nd
+145 Pedro Munhoz (12-2, 1 NC) vs. -185 #11 Justin Scoggins (11-2)
Pedro Munhoz: “Young Punisher” is 2x Brazilian national grappling champion and holds a black belt in bjj. He acquired a 10-0 record in smaller show in the United States and his native Brazil and was poised to make a splash in the UFC. Unfortunately his first bout was against veteran fighter Raphael Assuncao and he dropped a decision. Later that year he would see his whirlwind submission victory over Jarrod Sanders overturned after testing positive for exogenous testosterone. Overall his record in the octagon is spotty at best and he is looking to stay in the picture with a victory here.
Justin Scoggins: More than just a vehicle for Super Saiyan style locks, Justin Scoggins is a decorated kickboxer and a black belt in Kenpo karate. Justin went 7-0 around his home state of South Carolina, winning and twice defending the Warfare FC flyweight belt before vacating it to show the world what he was made of in the UFC at Brisbane, Australia. He would amass two more victories before being handed his first defeat by UFC journeyman Dustin Ortiz. Now on a two fight winning streak, Scoggins is looking to get back on track towards a top ten opponent.
The Fight: Scoggins will have a two inch reach advantage and has overall better striking and good takedown and striking defense. Neither fighter has ever been finished with strikes so I suspect it will be three rounds of Munhoz rushing in and attempting to overwhelm his opponent with volume while Scoggins picks his shots and makes them count. If we are lucky we will see some of Munhoz’s elite grappling but as he is not very skilled with takedowns and Scoggins having a decent ability to defend, this is likely to be decided on the feet and in the clinch. Scoggins UD
-270 Luis “KLB” Henrique (9-2) vs. +190 Christian “Godzilla” Colombo (8-1-1)
Luis Henrique: Brazilian grappler Luis Henrique might be on the short side for a heavyweight, but at 245lbs, he has the mass to keep up with the taller fighters. Add that to his grappling credentials and you get man that you shouldn’t look past. A bjj brown belt and Brazilian wrestling champion, “KLB” earned a record of 8-1-1 (1 no contest after his opponent was injured by a headbutt) before stepping up to the UFC and has since gone 1-1. His wins are equally spread between (T)KO, submission, and decision, but his background suggests he will look to get the fight to the ground as quickly as possible.
Christian Colombo: Danish soldier turned mma fighter Christian Colombus is looking to strengthen his value after a sloppy slugfest with Jarjis Danho in September which saw him lose a point due to kneeing Danho in the head while his fingers were on the ground which cost him the fight, as it ended in a draw. Six of his eight wins have come from striking and we should expect to see that be “Godzilla’s” game plan going in to this bout.
The Fight: Colombo will head into this fight with a six inch reach advantage but is giving up five pounds (as of the official weigh-ins). This is both a classic striker vs grappler match as well as a clash of the titans. The biggest difference that I see however is in the physiques of the fighters, the Danish fighter looking considerably leaner, both in fat and muscle, than his Brazilian opponent. This will take its toll on the fight as it progresses with Henrique opening himself up more and more to the hard shots from “Godzilla”. If “KLB” can’t end the fight early, then he will likely end it face down. Colombo TKO 2nd