Part two of this two part series is focusing on the undercard bouts that may not be shown on TV. In the event that a majority of the main card bouts end quickly, some of the undercard bouts may be broadcasted.
Both fighters are undefeated with the only blemish via No Contest to Gray. This is the first true test in the octagon for Gray; Edgar has fought two top-level Lightweights in Spencer Fischer and Tyson Griffin. Both fighters have extensive wrestling experience, but I give the upper hand to Gray.
My Pick: Gray Maynard via (T)KO. I think Gray has the better wrestling and will ground 'n pound Edgar into his first loss.
It seems like just about every bout on the card has potential for fight of the night. Both men boast and impressive ground game, with a majority of Fisher's victories coming via ground 'n pound and Aurelio's from submissions. Aurelio is 1-1 in the UFC while Fisher is 3-3.
My Pick: Spencer Fisher via Unanimous Decision. Both fighter will come out strong, neutralizing each other's game. Fisher also has more octagon experience. Fisher's stand-up will help him on the judges scorecards as will his effective ground game.
Neer hasn't fought in the UFC since his submission loss (kimura) to Nick Diaz. Thomas' last bout ended by submission (rear-naked choke) by Kenny Florian. This, however, was after Thomas shot in for a takedown and blew out his knee. Straight up, Thomas has been fighting tougher competition lately. Neer will really have to step up his game if he wants to win this fight.
My Pick: Din Thomas via submission. Thomas will use his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Blackbelt experience to take this fight to the ground and win a submission over "The Dentist."
The pace that Manny sets in uncanny. Both fighters have only gone the distance once in their perspective careers and both coming off of victories. While Cox has had a few more fights, Manny is coming of strong after the fifth season of The Ultimate Fighter.
My Pick: Manny Gamburyan via (T)KO. Bell rings, Manny takes down Cox, ground 'n pound to victory.
Since making his octagon debut, Guida has never been in a dull fight. With a 2-3 UFC record, Guida is one of the most entertaining fighters to watch. The pace that he sets in his fights unheard of. I can't figure out why Guida is on the undercard after being the Main Event against Roger Huerta on the Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale. Schiavo is making his UFC debut against one of the most intense Welterweights in the division.
My Pick: Guida via submission. Guida, with a 2-3 UFC record, needs a win if he wants to stay. This plus his energy in the octagon will push the pace and earn him the victory.
Two fighters coming off of the recent season of The Ultimate Fighter 6. Roman was forced to withdraw from the competition due to a broken arm, then came back for the finale to win with an ankle lock 23 seconds into the fight. This fight will be his first since then, nearly four months ago. George was a heavy favorite to win the show, losing to finalist Tommy Speer in the Semi-finals. This was also George's last fight. This is a tough one to call.
My Pick: George Sotiropoulos via submission. George boasts a little more experience than Roman and I think this will play a factor into his victory.
Tommy Speer is coming fresh of the Ultimate Fighter Season 6. His loss coming at the hands of the show's winner: Mac Danzig. Both fighters are coming off of losses within the Octagon, so both need the win. Both also have much to gain from this fight. If Johnson wins, he took out the finalist of The Ultimate Fighter. If Speer wins, he solidifies that he belongs in the UFC.
My Pick: Tommy Speer via (T)KO. Speer has the superior wresting ability (and in my opinion the more impressive stand-up) that will allow him to dominate the fight however he wants.