Chael Sonnen (right) is interviewed by Joe Rogan after being weighed in for his light heavyweight title bout against Jon Jones (not pictured) at the Prudential Center. Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

UFC on Fox Sports 1: Shogun vs. Sonnen predictions

For their first event on the Fox Sports 1 network, the UFC is having a clash between two of the most popular fighters in MMA.

Former Pride and UFC champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua squares off against former middleweight and light heavyweight title contender Chael Sonnen. Also on the card is the return of Alistair Overeem, who squares off against Travis Browne. Former title contenders Urijah Faber and Michael MacDonald are also scheduled to compete at the event.


Mauricio Rua vs. Chael Sonnen 

Winner: Sonnen by decision

Both Sonnen and Rua are coming in off of losses. Even though Sonnen has been successful in his last two outings, I think it’s time for him to lose this fight. Although Shogun has the power and killer instinct to send his opponent to the mat, Sonnen has the conditioning to control the fight, especially in the later rounds.


Alistair Overeem vs. Travis Browne 

“The Demolition Man” is coming off of a loss to Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva while Browne is coming into the match with a win over former title contender Gabirel Gonzaga. Still, Overeem has that drive to want to get the title and I think he’s going to be looking to make a statement in his comeback.

Winner: Overeem by KO/TKO


Urijah Faber vs. Yuri Alcantara

Although Urijah Faber is coming into the match on a two-fight winning streak, he may be underestimating Alcantara, who has won four of his six last fights. If Faber is unable to score an early finish, Alcantara will get the decision.

Winner: Alcantara by decision


Matt Brown vs. Mike Pyle

Matt Brown has been on amazing roll as of late and I expect he will continue his winning ways. Still, between him and Mike Pyle, there are 31 KO and submission finishes, which means this fight will be a heck of a show for the fans. Brown is coming off of a “Fight of the Year” candidate performance against Jordan Mein and it looks like he is poised to do it again.

Winner: Brown by KO/TKO


Uriah Hall vs. John Howard

John Howard has not fought in the octagon since 2011 and welcoming him back will be TUF finalist Uriah Hall. Although Hall made a name for himself when he competed on TUF, Howard’s experience and knockout power will be the difference maker in this match

Winner: Howard by KO/TKO


Joe Lauzon vs. Michael Johnson

Joe Lauzon had a big year in 2012 in his fights against Jim Miller and Jamie Varner. Although he is getting a late start in 2013, his fight with Michael Johnson help him re-establish himself as one of the top contenders in the UFC’s Lightweight division.

Winner: Lauzon by decision

Preliminary card

Here are some quick predictions for what is sure to be an exciting preliminary fight card.

Brad Pickett vs. Michael McDonald

Winner: McDonald by decision


Conor McGregor vs. Max Holloway

Winner: McGregor by KO/TKO


Mike Brown vs. Steven Siler

Winner: Siler by submission


Diego Brandao  vs. Daniel Pineda

Winner: Brandao by KO/TKO


Manvel Gamburyan vs. Cole Miller

Winner: Gamburyan by decision


Cody Donovan vs. Ovince St. Preux

Winner: St. Preux by decision


Ramsey Nijem vs. James Vick

Winner: Nijem by decision


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