In a surprising announcement, Dana White matched up teammates Neil Magny and Bristol Marunde for the first fight of the quarterfinals.
So far in the competition, Magny defeated Frank Camacho in the first round by unanimous decision. Then, he was the fourth pick by Team Carwin (seventh overall) and matched up against Team Nelson's Cameron Diffley, winning again by unanimous decision.
As for Marunde, he defeated George Lockhart in the opening round via guillotine to get into the house. He was second pick of Team Carwin (third overall) and defeated Julian Lane by unanimous decision to reach the quarterfinals.
Magny is well-rounded and possesses a 7-1 career record fighting in smaller midwest promotions. His only loss is via guillotine choke, the very choke Marunde used to get into the house.
Marunde is a well-traveled veteran, having fought with M-1, Strikeforce and the IFL. The 12-7 Marunde is usually a middleweight, so he will likely have the size advantage. However, his weight cut will likely be tough.
This is an extremely close fight to call. Marunde has the experience and better submission grappling, while Magny has solid takedowns and striking. I flipped a coin and have decided Magny's cardio will carry him to a close decision.
Prediction: Magny def. Marunde via decision