UFC on Fuel TV: Info & Predictions for Main Card

G DAnalyst IIIFebruary 12, 2012

UFC on Fuel TV: Info & Predictions for Main Card

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    On Wednesday, February 15th the Ultimate Fighting Championship will look to continue on its hot streak when they travel to Omaha, Nebraska for UFC on FUEL.

    UFC on FUEL will air live from the Omaha Civic Auditorium beginning at 5 p.m. PT and 8 p.m. ET.

    In the main event of the evening, Omaha's own Jake Ellenberger will attempt to move closer towards his much-desired welterweight title shot when he squares off with the dangerous Diego Sanchez.

    Also clashing on the event's main card is "Skyscraper" Stefan Struve, who will take on Dave "Pee Wee" Herman in his first fight off of suspension.

    In total, the fight card consists of five main card bouts.

    The following slides display info and predictions for every main card fight at UFC on FUEL.

    Let's take a look.

T.J. Dillashaw vs. Walel Watson

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    T.J. Dillashaw

    Career Record: 4-1

    UFC Record: 0-1

    Key Wins: Taylor McCorriston

    Key Losses: John Dodson


    Walel Watson

    Career Record: 9-3

    UFC Record: 1-1

    Key Wins: Joseph Sandoval

    Key Losses: Yves Jabouin


    In the first of five main card bouts, T.J. Dillashaw will enter the Octagon in Omaha looking to capture his first UFC victory.

    However, in order to do so, he'll need to get by the dangerous and lengthy Walel Watson, who many believe should be undefeated in the UFC due to a controversial split decision in his most recent bout.

    When action begins, Watson will attempt to keep his distance from Dillashaw and not let his smaller opponent get on the inside of him.

    Watson will eventually look to take Dillashaw down, but he has the complete skill set to fight from anywhere in the Octagon.

    Prediction: Watson by Unanimous Decision

Stipe Miocic vs. Philip De Fries

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    Stipe Miocic

    Career Record: 7-0

    UFC Record: 1-0

    Key Wins: Joey Beltran

    Key Losses: N/A


    Philip De Fries

    Career Record: 8-0 (1)

    UFC Record: 1-0

    Key Wins: Rob Broughton

    Key Losses: N/A


    In the first of two heavyweight clashes, unbeaten Stipe Miocic will take on Philip De Fries, who's also never lost in his mixed martial arts career.

    In what has the potential to be take home Fight of the Night honors, Miocic will attempt to keep the fight on his feet and impose his kickboxing skills to De Fries.

    However, De Fries is more of a conditioned fighter and uses that to find the judge's scorecards more times than not.

    When the rubber meets the road, De Fries has yet to be fully tested, but will do everything in his power to remain above water.

    It just might not be enough.

    Prediction: Miocic by Round 2 TKO

Aaron Simpson vs. Ronny Markes

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    Aaron Simpson

    Career Record: 11-2

    UFC Record: 6-2

    Key Wins: Eric Shafer, Brad Tavares

    Key Losses: Mark Munoz, Chris Leben


    Ronny Markes

    Career Record: 12-1

    UFC Record: 1-0

    Key Wins: Karlos Vemola

    Key Losses: Paulo Rodrigues


    While Aaron Simpson has been recognized as a premier knockout artist in the UFC's middleweight division, he's shown exceptional conditioning in his previous three outings, winning all by unanimous decision.

    Simpson will have met his match when the Octagon door closes on February 4th as Ronny Markes is an extremely well-rounded fighter who could be too much for Simpson to handle.

    However, Simpson's experience and conditioning should be enough for the UFC vet to capture his fourth consecutive victory and make some noise in his respected weight class.

    Fans shouldn't be surprised to see Markes coming out and swinging for the fences early and often.

    Prediction: Simpson by Unanimous Decision

Stefan Struve vs. Dave Herman

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    Stefan Struve

    Career Record: 22-5

    UFC Record: 6-3

    Key Wins: Pat Barry, Christian Morecraft

    Key Losses: Junior Dos Santos, Roy Nelson


    Dave Herman

    Career Record: 21-2

    UFC Record: 1-0

    Key Wins: John-Olav Einemo

    Key Losses: Choi Mu Bae


    In the co-main event of the evening at UFC on FUEL, heavyweights Stefan Struve and Dave Herman will enter the Octagon for one of the most anticipated bouts of the night.

    It will be interesting to see how Herman reacts coming off a suspension as he'll be facing the tallest and lengthiest man in the UFC today.

    It shouldn't come as a surprise to any when Struve attempts to put Herman on his back and submit him, as that's what he's done his entire career.

    However, before he can do that, he'll need to take Herman down, which could be a problem in itself.

    Expect a knockout thriller in Omaha if Struve can't capitalize on the takedown.

    Prediction: Herman by Round 1 TKO

Diego Sanchez vs. Jake Ellenberger

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    Diego Sanchez

    Career Record: 23-4

    UFC Record: 12-4

    Key Wins: Nick Diaz, Kenny Florian

    Key Losses: Jon Fitch, Josh Koscheck


    Jake Ellenberger

    Career Record: 26-5

    UFC Record: 5-1

    Key Wins: Jake Shields, Sean Pierson

    Key Losses: Carlos Condit


    In the main event of the evening at UFC on FUEL, the heavy-hitting Jake Ellenberger will attempt to earn himself a 170-pound title shot when he squares off with Diego Sanchez.

    When the opening bell rings, it'll be Ellenberger looking for the knockout blow as many believe he may be the hardest hitter in the UFC today.

    Sanchez will need to avoid a series of strikes early and get comfortable on his feet.

    Eventually, Sanchez will want to take the fight to the ground in hopes of grinding out a decision victory.

    While Ellenberger may not be able to finish the tough-nosed Sanchez, he should be able to escape with a close decision, allowing him to have won his sixth consecutive bout inside the Octagon.

    Prediction: Ellenberger by Unanimous Decision


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