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UFC 157 Predictions: Preliminary Card Staff Predictions

Scott HarrisFeatured ColumnistDecember 22, 2016

UFC 157 Predictions: Preliminary Card Staff Predictions

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    The UFC 157 prelims are like Bigfoot or the Audi Quattro. Every now and then you'll catch a whiff, the faintest notion on the wind, a ragged rumor that, yes, such a thing might actually exist. But there never seems to be any evidence.

    I suppose that will happen when Ronda Rousey, the biggest star in the sport whether you like it or not, is headlining her very first card. So for those who thought UFC 157 consisted solely of Rousey sitting on a stool telling her life story over and over, no, there are actually fights. And there is a prelim card.

    Are you thirsting for more information about the UFC 157 prelim fights? Are you hoping for some staff predictions?

    Well, that's good. Because I and a ragtag but prideful gaggle of Bleacher Report's finest, including Riley "Cobra" Kontek, Scotsman James MacDonald, Andrew Saunders and "The Friendly Canadian" Dwight Wakabayashi, are here to help you out with some info capsules and some highly bold predictions. We are the monster hunters. Read on. 

Nah-Shon Burrell vs. Yuri Villefort

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    Jon Manley vs. Neil Magny

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      Kenny Robertson vs. Brock Jardine

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        Sam Stout vs. Caros Fodor

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          Dennis Bermudez vs. Matt Grice

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            Michael Chiesa vs. Anton Kuivanen

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              Brendan Schaub vs. Lavar Johnson

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                Kontek: Questionable chin meets unquestionable power. I am a big Brendan Schaub fan, but I have a feeling he is going to sleep again.
                Johnson, TKO, Round 1

                MacDonald: This isn't a great matchup for Schaub, unless he can consistently take the fight to the ground. Lavar Johnson has murderous power, and Schaub has a chin like candy glass. Although "The Hybrid" is more well-rounded, I expect Johnson to connect at some point and end the fight.
                Johnson, TKO, Round 1

                Saunders: Both fighters are known for their knockout power, and of their six combined wins inside the Octagon, five have come by way of KO or TKO. Similar to the UFC 132 matchup between Chris Leben and Wanderlei Silva, this fight will come down to which powerhouse brawler has the better chin, and unfortunately for Schaub, that simply isn't him.
                Johnson, KO, Round 1

                Wakabayashi: I think Brendan Schaub has learned from past mistakes and has the game to make things difficult for Johnson. if Schaub sticks to the game plan, he should get the win.
                Schaub, Unanimous Decision

                Harris: Can Schaub win this fight? Sure. Is it possible he can stand up to Johnson's power, tie Johnson up and take advantage of the fact that Johnson borrowed his ground game from a stranded earthworm? Yes. But given his recent run, Schaub's on notice until further notice. If he can prove me wrong, more power to him. 
                Johnson, TKO, Round 1

                Staff picking Johnson: Kontek, MacDonald, Saunders, Harris

                Staff picking Schaub: Wakabayashi 

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