Saturday marks the first event in Sweden for the UFC and will be free on Fuel TV. The card is great from head to toe and gives us a look at Swedish light heavyweight prospect Alexander Gustafsson. Below are main card predictions.
Brad Pickett vs. Damacio Page
The first fight features a couple WEC veterans coming off losses. Page hasn’t fought in over a year and has dropped two straight to Demetrious Johnson and Brian Bowles. He is in risk of being cut if he loses. Pickett is coming off a submission loss to Renan Barao and is looking for his first UFC win. Look for Pickett to turn this into a brawl and win the ugly fight.
Prediction: Pickett by unanimous decision
DaMarques Johnson vs. John Maguire
Johnson is looking for his second consecutive win after defeating Ultimate Fighter vet Clay Harvison. He has looked improved in each bout even his loss to Amir Sadollah. Maguire is looking to reach 2-0 in the UFC after defeating Justin Edwards by decision at UFC 138. He was beaten early before taking the next two rounds easily. Johnson is a large step up compared to Edwards and will be a tough fight.
Prediction: Johnson via unanimous decision
Dennis Siver vs. Diego Nunes
Dennis Siver is coming off a loss to Donald Cerrone in his last fight and is dropping down in weight to 145 pounds for the first time. He takes on Nunes who won his last fight against Manny Gamburyan, but seems to shrink under pressure. Siver will be the bigger fighter and use that to his advantage.
Prediction: Siver via 2nd round TKO
Paulo Thiago vs. Siyar Bahadurzada
Thiago is coming off a tough 1-2 stretch, but a win in his last fight. He takes on Bahadurzada who has a huge challenge in his UFC debut. I see Thiago getting back to his submission roots for this fight.
Prediction: Thiago via 2nd round submission.
Brian Stann vs. Alessio Sakara
Stann is working to get back to contendership after a loss to Chael Sonnen while Sakara is looking just to get back in the win column. Sakara is the better technical boxer, but has less power than Stann. This will depend on how much Stann has improved and whether he can stand with Sakara.
Prediction: Stann via 1st round TKO
Alexander Gustafsson vs. Thiago Silva
Gustafsson will have the home advantage and wants to show he’s a top light heavyweight by defeating Silva. While Silva is coming off a suspension he definitely has the stand up and ground game to defeat the Swede, but it will depend whether he can get inside Gustafsson’s reach. This is by far Gustafsson’s toughest fight to date and the first real test for him since his lost to Phil Davis.
Prediction: Silva via 3rd round TKO