UFC 161: Breaking Down Entire FX Preliminary Card

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistJune 15, 2013

Jun 14, 2013; Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; Joe Rogan during the weigh in at UFC 161 at the MTS Center. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports
Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports

As UFC 161 approaches fast, the hype and expectations surrounding UFC 161 and the entire FX preliminary card has the MMA world excited about the free slate of fighters.

Casual and hardcore UFC fans alike will enjoy the action on FX. If you have a TV and the time to watch several marquee fights, you won't want to miss it.


Jake Shields vs. Tyron Woodley

When Jake Shields takes on Tyron Woodley on Saturday night, there will be major implications throughout the welterweight division as these two possible title contenders square off for the right to be considered for a shot at Georges St-Pierre and his championship.

Both men are coming off huge wins—Woodley beat Jay Hieron in 36 seconds during his UFC debut, while Shields beat Ed Herman before the decision was overturned to a no contest when Shields failed a post-fight drug test—and each will be looking to climb back to the top of the mountain.

Each fighter had a title shot in their respective companies over the last two years (Shields lost to St-Pierre in 2011 and Woodley lost to WEC champ Nate Marquardt in 2012), and this could be the last chance for both men.

Expect an all-out war in the Octagon, and expect Woodley to find his rhythm and gain the tough decision victory over Shields. That should be enough to get Dana White thinking about an eventual title shot for Woodley.

Predicted Winner: Woodley via unanimous decision


Sam Stout vs. James Krause

Sam Stout has been a staple of the UFC for over five years, but his inability to chain together several wins in the lightweight division has kept him from gaining any real momentum. Stout has become a divisional gatekeeper, and it will be James Krause that will test his merit against the UFC veteran.

Krause is a veteran of MMA, but has never fought in the UFC before. With Stout being the gauge to determine if fighters are ready to become an eventual title contender, Krause will carry his seven-fight winning streak into Saturday’s bout and walk away victorious.

Predicted Winner: Krause via submission


Sean Pierson vs. Kenny Robertson

In the second of two welterweight fights on the UFC 161 FX preliminary card, Sean Pierson will take on Kenny Robertson in a battle that will feature two men trying to make their mark on the division and the matchmakers at UFC.

Both men are coming off huge victories—Person beat both Lance Benoist and Jake Hecht, while Robertson earned "Submission of the Night" for tapping out Brock Jardine—but it will be the younger Robertson that impresses officials with a big submission victory.

Predicted Winner: Robertson wins via submission


Roland Delorme vs. Edwin Figueroa

In the most exciting men’s bantamweight fight of the night, MMA journeymen Roland Delorme and Edwin Figueroa square off in the Octagon to find redemption for recent losses and begin their ascension into title contention.

Both men have submission skills and the cardio to take this fight to the judge’s scorecards, but unlike many other bantamweight fighters, both Delorme and Figueroa have knockout power and will be looking to end the fight early with a convincing finish.

This will be a brawl.

Predicted Winner: Delorme wins via TKO