UFC on FX 2: 5 Bold Predictions
UFC on FX 2: Alves vs. Kampmann marks the Ultimate Fighting Championship's return to FX after a successful debut this January, and the UFC brass is bringing a fight card sure to entertain the masses.
The night's main event features two entertaining and dangerous welterweights who will be looking to improve their stock and work toward the hotly contested welterweight title.
In addition, the UFC is hosting the semifinal round of the newly formed flyweight division's four-man tournament to crown the first ever UFC flyweight champion.
I expect all of the fighters to be fired up in front of the Australian crowd for the UFC's 200th event, but for every fight there is a winner and a loser. Who wins and who loses and what should you watch out for Friday on FX? Begin the slideshow to check out my five bold predictions for UFC on FX 2: Alves vs. Kampmann.
Court McGee's Perfect UFC Record Will Vanish
The Ultimate Fighter season 11 winner Court McGee has a perfect 3-0 record inside the Octagon.
That ends Friday.
McGee's story of how he battled a heroin addiction and used mixed martial arts to overcome such great adversity is emotive and inspirational, but his opponent, Greek brawler Constantinos Philippou, will put an end to his impressive unbeaten streak.
McGee seems like a great guy and is obviously a determined individual, but Philippou hits hard (ask Jared Hamman) and Mcgee's striking has been less than impressive so far in his career.
Look for Philippou to earn an early knockout against McGee Friday night and climb another rung of the middleweight ladder.
James Te-Huna Will Smash Aaron Rosa En Route to a TKO Victory
James Te-Huna isn't the first name that comes to mind when thinking of the UFC light heavyweight title picture, but the New Zealander always comes to fight and has had success early in his UFC career.
After defeating up-and-comer Igor Pokrajac via TKO in his UFC debut, Te-Huna faltered against current contender Alexander Gustafsson, only to come roaring back in his next bout with a knockout victory over Ricardo Romero just 47 seconds into the fight.
Te-Huna is a monster at light heavyweight, and his opponent Friday, Aaron Rosa, will be on the wrong side of an absolute beatdown.
Cole Miller Will Begin a Successful Run at Featherweight
Cole Miller has been a fixture in the UFC for well over four years, but he can finally show off his skills where they are best suited: the featherweight division.
Miller's success in the organization has undulated, but when he wins, he wins impressively, and the entertaining, crafty Miller is the one I expect to see Friday night in his featherweight debut.
Speaking of debuts...
The Flyweight Divison's Debut Will Steal the Show
The UFC has finally made room for the really little guys, and they're looking forward to showing the MMA world what it has been missing.
With Joseph Benavidez vs. Yasuhiro Urushitani and Demetrious Johnson vs. Ian McCall on tap Friday night, I expect the flyweight division's inauguration to go off with a bang and pave the way for more great fights at 125 in the future.
Look for Benavidez and Johnson to advance to the finals of the flyweight tournament and set up a potential fight of the year matchup.
Which leads us to our main event...
Martin Kampmann Will Defeat Thiago Alves
Martin Kampmann vs. Thiago Alves is a great matchup and I really don't see how this fight will be boring. Neither fighter has an overwhelming wrestling advantage to employ lay n' pray tactics, and neither fighter is afraid to dish out (and take) some serious punishment.
Kampmann, though, will be too much for Alves Friday night. Alves hits hard, but Kampmann's chin is remarkable (see his fights with Paul Daley and Nate Marquardt, both guys with one-punch KO power, for confirmation) and he is extremely difficult to finish.
I think Alves will wear himself out trying to finish Kampmann early and the Dane will come roaring back with a savvy late-round submission over the exhausted Alves.