UFC 164: Preliminary Card Predictions

Riley Kontek@@BigRIlesMMAFeatured ColumnistAugust 29, 2013

UFC 164: Preliminary Card Predictions

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    UFC 164 comes in the shadows of UFC Fight Night 27, a card that brought great excitement. This card brings one of the most anticipated rematches of all time between Benson Henderson and Anthony Pettis.

    Before that fight occurs, there will be some awesome prelims. New names will make their mark, while other veterans battle to move up the ladder.

    Here are the preliminary card predictions for UFC 164.

Jared Hamman vs. Magnus Cedenblad

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    The Facebook card kicks off in the middleweight division, as American Jared Hamman takes on Sweden's Magnus Cedenblad.

    Hamman returns for the first time since injuring his knee and taking a TKO loss to Michael Kuiper. He will have the superior striking here and should use that to batter the Swede.

    This fight is the sophomore effort for Cedenblad, who was decimated by Francis Carmont in his debut. He is a grappler that will have a hard time taking down the American.

    Expect a nice return win for the American.

    Prediction: Hamman def. Cedenblad via TKO

Ryan Couture vs. Al Iaquinta

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    In the lightweight division, TUF 15 runner up Al Iaquinta steps up on short notice to meet the son of a legend, Ryan Couture.

    Iaquinta has not competed since losing in the live finale against Michael Chiesa. The East Coast fighter has solid boxing and wrestling, but the same is possessed by his opposition.

    Couture is probably better in every aspect of the game than Iaquinta. Plus, he's had a full training camp, so this one is almost a no-brainer.

    Prediction: Couture def. Iaquinta via decision

Soa Palelei vs. Nikita Krylov

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    In the heavyweight division, Ukranian newcomer Nikita Krylov takes on Soa Palelei, who is making a return after a long, long absence from the Octagon.

    Krylov is just 21 and has never left the first round. That puts his cardio into the category of suspicious, despite the fact he has a good, rounded skill set.

    Palelei is a beast of a man with the physical strength of an ox and the heart of a lion. He uses said strength to achieve takedowns, where he softens people up with heavy ground-and-pound. He also has good submission skills.

    The man with the better gas tank will prevail.

    Prediction: Palelei def. Krylov via submission

Chico Camus vs. Kyung Ho Kang

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    Starting off the Fox Sports 1 portion of the card are bantamweights, as Chico Camus takes on Kyung Ho Kang.

    Camus started off his UFC tenure well, defeating Dustin Pague. His last outing saw him get outgrappled by Dustin Kimura en route to a loss.

    Kang should have a blemish in his UFC debut, but Alex Caceres failed his drug test. Kang has solid wrestling, which he uses to get submission looks.

    Judging how Camus did against Kimura may be the tell-tale sign of how he does against Kang.

    Prediction: Kang def. Camus via decision

Pascal Krauss vs. Hyun Gyu Lim

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    Welterweights collide, as Germany's Pascal Krauss defends his home away from home against South Korea's Hyun Gyu Lim.

    Krauss is a solid boxer and wrestler that has used those skills to run a 2-1 record with the company. His wins over Mark Scanlon and Mike Stumpf showed his potential to be a staple in the UFC.

    Lim's debut came in impressive fashion, as he outstruck Marcelo Guimaraes en route to a knockout. He appears to have great knees and good takedown defense, which will make this fight interesting.

    Krauss will need to get inside and use his takedowns to beat the Korean. Krauss has better wrestling than Guimaraes, so he may fare better.

    Prediction: Krauss def. Lim via decision

Louis Gaudinot vs. Tim Elliott

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    In what could be the Fight of the Night, flyweights Louis Gaudinot and Tim Elliott meet to move closer to a title shot.

    Gaudinot has been inactive for a while, but has shown some promise at 125. The TUF 14 vet choked out a much larger John Lineker via guillotine to throw his name in a short list of contenders at flyweight.

    Elliott is a tough-as-nails fighter with good wrestling and solid striking. His clobbering of Jared Papazian despite taking illegal strikes shows his determination.

    Gaudinot is simply the better fighter at this point and should show it Saturday night.

    Prediction: Gaudinot def. Elliott via decision

Jamie Varner vs. Gleison Tibau

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    In the main attraction on the undercard, Brazilian lightweight Gleison Tibau meets Jamie Varner to move up the crowded 155-pound ladder.

    Varner is 2-1 since re-entering the UFC, but has looked great in all three fights. Despite losing to Joe Lauzon, he was dominating the fight with superior wrestling and boxing.

    Tibau is a hulk at 155 who has traded wins and losses in his last four fights. He will be the stronger man, which may help as he also possesses good wrestling and submission skills.

    Varner can keep this fight up, which would be desirable. When he does, he will run a decision with his better striking.

    Prediction: Varner def. Tibau via decision