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UFC 192 begins this Saturday, October 3rd in Houston, Texas as light-heavyweight champion Daniel “DC” Cormier defends his title for the first time against 6’5″ Alexander Gustafsson. The prelims begin on the UFC Fight Pass at 7PM ET. The fights are listed below:
~D. Lewis vs V. Pesta – heavyweight fight
~C. Cariaso vs S. Pettis – flyweight bout
~F. Trevino vs S. Northcutt – lightweight contest
~A. Martins vs I. Makhachev – lightweight fight
Next, comes the TSN 5 prelims, starting at 8PM ET.
~R. Namajunas vs A. Hill – women’s strawweight bout
~A. Jouban vs A. Tumenov – welterweight contest
~J. Benavidez vs A. Bagautinov – flyweight fight
~Y. Rodriguez vs D. Hooker – featherweight bout
On the main card only on Pay-Per-View, beginning at 10PM ET will be my predictions on the fights.
- #6 Jessica “Evil” Eye (11-3-0 1NC) vs #12 Juliana “The Venezuelan Vixen” Pena (7-2-0). This women’s bantamweight fight is a battle between two females who want to move up in the ranks. Eye has gone 1-2 1NC in the UFC. She first had a no contest against Sarah Kaufman, lost to Alexis Davis, beat Leslie Smith, then most recently in 2015, a loss over Miesha Tate. Prior to her tenure so far in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, she was 10-1-0 which is partial a reason to her being the sixth ranked bantamweight. Juliana Pena is the TUF 18 winner and has one victory over Milana Dudieva. If she can win on Oct. 3rd, she will move up the rankings for sure. Jessica Eye wins by decision.
- Shawn “The Savage” Jordan (18-6-0) vs Ruslan “Leopard” Magomedov (13-1-0). Jordan is currently on a 3 fight winning streak, beating Jack May and Jared Cannonier. Jordan has experience in the UFC. He has battled the likes of Matt Mitrione and Gabriel Gonzaga in losses. Ruslan Magomedov has been on a winning streak of his own, 2 straight. Both coming in a time span of 6 months. Shawn Jordan will win by TKO in the 2nd round.
- #4 Ryan “Darth” Bader (20-4-0) vs #5 Rashad “Suga” Evans (24-3-1). Ryan Bader vs Rashad Evans is a fight of two aging light-heavyweights that are trying to get back into a championship picture. Bader has fought already in 2015, where he won in a split decision over Bellator tournament winner Phil Davis. Prior to that, Ryan beat OVP and 2 others to create a four-fight winning streak. Rashad Evans hasn’t fought in over two years due to multiple knee injuries. Ryan Bader will win in a lackluster decision.
- This fight was supposed be a welterweight bout between Tyron Woodley and Johny Hendricks. During the weigh-ins though, Hendricks didn’t make weight. According to his manager, Johny had a blockage in his intestines and had a kidney stone. He was forced to be hospitalized and put an IV. The fight will now be Joseph Benavidez vs Ali Bagautinov which was on the prelims. Joseph Benavidez will win by decision.
- C Daniel “DC” Cormier (16-1-0) vs Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson (16-3-0). As everyone knows already, it’s the height that is the biggest part to this fight. Cormier, 5’11” is 6 inches shorter than Alex, 6’5. “DC” won the title back in May 2015 and will put his title on the line for the very first time against Gustafsson. Cormier is 3-1 in light-heavyweight and is the division where Daniel lost his first fight against Jon Jones. He has beat guys like Dan Henderson, Bigfoot Silva, and Frank Mir. Alexander Gustafsson is no stranger to a good fight. “The Mauler” has only lost to Anthony Johnson, Jon Jones, and Phil Davis. Alexander has been victorious over Shogun Rua, Thiago Silva, and many more. Alexander Gustafsson will become the new UFC light-heavyweight champion by way of fourth round TKO.
The fights will be interesting none-the-less. Remember to follow me on Twitter @maximizingmma and to follow Maximizing MMA.