Herbert Burns (10-2) Vs Evan Dunham (18-8-1)
This is a intriguing fight Herbert Burns should come in here and win relatively easy. The only thing is Evan Dunham is a black belt himself and he’s not one to get submitted easily. If Herbert Burns can’t get the submission than he’s going to have to hunt that body shot. Evan Dunham hasn’t won in 3-4 years and his last two fights have ended in a stoppage. I got Burns but Evan Dunham is a live dog if he can defend the takedowns and get the fight into the second half of the second round.
Alonzo Menefield (9-0) Vs Devin Clark (11-4)
A pair of ginormous men will meet in the octagon for the second fight of the night. Alonzo Menefield is a FortisMMA prospect who’s won every fight via stoppage. Devin Clark is a UFC veteran who has been in there with prospects and other Veterans. This will by far be the toughest fight of Zo’s career. The public is on Devin Clark from a betting standpoint and I get the thought process. Clark has faced the tougher competition by miles, but the thing is he’s been knocked unconscious before. Clark’s only true path to victory is to wrestle fuck Alonzo for 2 of the 3 rounds. He can think he will do that but I’m almost certain he’s going to get knocked out in the first round. If I know Clark is going to try to take him down and hold him there than I’m sure Sayif Saud does too.
Alex Perez (23-5) Vs Jussier Formiga (23-7)
Another prospect vs veteran fight taking place on this card. Alex Perez is a Contender Series alumnus and one of the more complete fighters in the flyweight division. He will be taking on his second toughest test since Joey B. Jussier Formiga is a former title challenger and one of more decorated BJJ specialists. This fight is going to be a good one I can’t believe it’s just an early prelim. Formiga is almost 36 years old now and I’m not sure if he can hang with the young cats in the division. He faced a similar fighter in Brandon Moreno last fight, and he didn’t look like he cared in there. Perez is the hungrier fighter who will walk forward, has the wrestling to defend the takedowns of the veteran, and the cardio to go all 15 mins if need be. The one thing that concerns me is Alex Perez has never beating a quality opponent. So, I’m not betting on this fight but I got Alex Perez by decision.
Charles Byrd (10-6) Vs Maki Pitolo (12-5)
This is a battle of two former contender series fighters. Both won impressively but haven’t really panned out since coming into the UFC. Charles Byrd is another FortisMMA Fighter and a submission specialist. Maki Pitolo lost time Callan Potter who’s bottom of the barrel bad. Both fighters aren’t that good I truly have no idea who wins. I’m going to go with Charles Byrd solely because he was looking good before he got stopped against Darren Stewart. Only concern is he’s been knocked out back to back fights now.
Cody Stamann (18-2-1) Vs Brian Kelleher (21-10)
This fight was made on less than a months’ notice. Brian Kelleher is coming off a 3rd knockout of Hunter Azure where he was pretty much down 30-27. Cody Stamann is coming off a controversial draw to Song Yadong. Cody Stamann is a very impressive wrestler, he’s got decent hands, and pretty good cardio. He’s faced Aljo, Caraway, Yadong, and a few other UFC vets. Brian Kelleher is on a two-fight win streak the only thing is he hasn’t faced anyone with Stamann’s wrestling background. I truly don’t see a path to victory for Kelleher outside of a random knockout. Stamann should win this comfortably.
Ian Heinisch (13-3) Vs Gerald Meerschaert (31-12)
I originally wasn’t going to break this down because I thought the fight was off but here, we are good to go. The scrambles in this fight are going to be a sight to see. Heinisch is another Contender Series veteran he’s 2-2 since joining the UFC dropping his last two fights by decision. Standing across from his is GM3 a UFC veteran with great submission skills and is not easy to hold on the mat. This fight doesn’t favor Heinisch at all. When he can’t get the fight to the mat he looks like a regional fighter. Hopefully he was training hard for this fight working on his stand up. As it stands now, I got GM3 by submission or decision. He was able to fight off hard shots before so it’s hard to see him losing outside of Ian just laying on him for 2 of the 3 rounds.
Alex Caceres (15-12) Vs Chase Hooper (9-0-1)
This is a fight to see right here. This fight alone is better than everything they’re trying to put on June 13th. Alex Caceres is awful but he’s a seasoned vet who has been in there with the best of them. Chase Hooper is UFC youngest roster and such a weird interesting prospect. He was a contender series veteran and got a developmental deal went on to face a few fighters one being Luis Gomez where he won by submission. After that he made his UFC debut against Daniel Teymur and got the first-round finish there. Hoopers major liability is his hands. Luckily for him Caceres can’t really do anything to him and is god awful at defending takedowns. I like Chase Hooper to win by guard pull sub, or just take his back against the cage. Currently Hooper by TKO is +900 and that’s intriguing to me.
Sean O’Malley (11-0) Vs Eddie Wineland (24-13-1)
The return of the one and only “Suga” show. Sean O’Malley coming off his first round destruction of Jose Quinonez is taking on Eddie Wineland. Eddie is a UFC veteran who’s been around forever. His last fight was against some UFC debuter Grigory Popov where he won by TKO. The only thing is Wineland is past his prime. He’s going to be in there with the young prodigy. Eddies going to be trying to push the pace and O’Malley will sit back and wait to counter and eventually put him down.
Neil Magny (22-7) Vs Anthony Rocco Martin (17-5)
These next few fights are hard to predict a winner so I’m going to try my best. Neil Magny is coming off a great performance against Jingliang Li where he dictated the pace and used his clinch work and takedowns. Anthony Rocco is coming off his own great performance against Ramazan Emeev. This fight could be a stalemate it all depends on the output of each fighter. Rocco is a small underdog but if he uses calf kicks and can defend the takedowns of Neil Magny, he might be able to squeak away with a decision win. Neil Magny looked so good his last fight if he looks like that Rocco is going to have a tough time. I have no idea who wins this but I’m going to go the safe route Neil Magny.
Aljamain Sterling (18-3) Vs Cory Sandhagen (12-1)
This fight is a clash of two fighters who can be champions very soon. Sandhagen has had 4 fights in the UFC and is on a 4-fight win streak and coming off two tough victories against Lineker and Asuncao. On the other hand, Aljo has racked up himself a 4-fight win streak consisting of Munhoz, Rivera, Stanmann, and Brett Johns. A lot of the public is on Aljo here because of his wrestling and I can see that. I like Sandhagen and can also see his path to victory both fighters are hard to get out of there. So outside of a flying knee by Sandhagen this fight is going to decision. Aljo has had insane volume striking his last two fights so I give him the edge when it comes to that. I just can’t pick against Cory Sandhagen I think he gets it done somehow someway. Could be wrong though so take that with a grain of salt.
Cody Garbrandt (11-3) Vs Raphael Asuncao (27-7)
This fight is going to go one of two ways. I guess you can say that about every Cody Garbrandt fight though he’s kill or be killed. Raphael is coming off back to back losses, and Cody G is coming off back to back to back losses. This will be the fight that gets Cody back to his winning ways the only thing that worries me is he had kidney failure not that long ago. If Cody fights like he did against Cruz and stays calm and doesn’t engage in a brawl he should win this handily. He trained with Marc Henry this training camp, so I think he’ll be levelheaded and get that KO finish he so desires and needs.
Amanda Nunes (19-4) Vs Felicia Spencer (8-1)
My friends say this is the biggest mismatch in UFC history. I guess you could probably say that Amanda Nunes should 100% go out here and finish Felicia Spencer however she wants. The only path to victory for Spencer is to take everything Nunes gives her and hopes she gasses and lock in a sub somehow. Other than that, I don’t see her having any success. So, for that I’m sticking with the the safe call Nunes #AndStill.