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UFC on FOX 3: Predicting Results for All Main Card Fights

NEW YORK - MARCH 06:   UFC lightweights Nate Diaz (L) and Jim Miller (R) pose at a press conference at Radio City Music Hall on March 06, 2012 in New York City.  UFC announced that their third event on the FOX network will take place on Saturday, May 5 from the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J.. (Photo by Michael Nagle/Getty Images)
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Tim KeeneyContributor IMay 6, 2012

The UFC on FOX 3 main card isn't heavy on title fights, but it does have some battles that you won't be able to look away from. 

Good enough for me. 

Here's a look at how I think each fight on tonight's main card will play out. 

 

Pat Barry vs. Lavar Johnson

This is probably the fight I'm most looking forward. Lavar Johnson, who likes to punch holes in people, versus kickboxing master Pat Barry. 

NEW YORK - MARCH 06:   UFC heavyweight Lavar Johnson (L) speaks at a press conference at Radio City Music Hall, as middleweight Alan Belcher (R) listens, on March 06, 2012 in New York City.  UFC announced that their third event on the FOX network will tak
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No matter what happens, this one is going to be a slobberknocker, and it's going to end in a hurry.

And it's going to be really fun to watch.

All I know is this: I'm not betting against a guy who knocked out Joey Beltran with relative ease in the first round (Knockout of the Night). Johnson has 14 knockouts in 16 wins and he's the younger brother of "The Rock."

I'm sold, although he better be careful with Barry's kicks. 

Prediction: Lavar Johnson knocks out Pat Barry in Round 1

 

Rousimar Palhares vs. Alan Belcher

Much like we know the first fight will end with a knockout, we know this one is going to end with a submission.

NEW YORK - MARCH 06:   UFC middleweight Alan Belcher poses at a press conference at Radio City Music Hall on March 06, 2012 in New York City.  UFC announced that their third event on the FOX network will take place on Saturday, May 5 from the IZOD Center
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The 32-year-old Palhares has 10 submissions in 14 wins and has seen four of his last five wins end with a submission, and that includes his heel hook of Mike Massenzio in just 1:03.

On the other side is Belcher, who is a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and has eight knockouts and seven submissions. He's certainly comfortable on the ground, but he can also fight standing up and that versatility might help him against Palhares. 

Nonetheless, I like Palhares in this one.

Prediction: Rousimar Palhares submits Alan Belcher in Round 2 via heel hook

 

Josh Koscheck vs. Johny Hendricks

The No. 4 and No. 5 welterweights square off in this one and sit should be fairly even until the end. 

Koscheck recently lost to Georges St-Pierre, so I think fans would rather see Hendricks, who recently scored a knockout in 12 seconds against Jon Fitch, get the victory.

I think he'll get it.

Prediction: Johny Hendricks defeats Josh Koscheck via unanimous decision

 

Nate Diaz vs. Jim Miller

Nate Diaz is a good fighter, but he isn't good enough to beat Jim Miller.

Whatever happens, though, this is going to be a good clash of styles. Diaz is a solid boxer and uses jiu-jitsu while Miller is a grappler and goes for the submission.

This one will go the distance, but don't be surprised when Miller controls most of the fight.

Prediction: Jim Miller defeats Nate Diaz via unanimous decision 

 

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