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The main attraction of the undercard comes in the lightweight division, as Polish prospect Piotr Hallmann meets American Al Iaquinta.
Hallmann makes his sophomore effort in the UFC on the heels of a huge upset win in Brazil. Despite falling behind early, the Pole scored an impressive kimura victory over submission fighter Francisco Trinaldo.
Hallmann is very well-rounded, but it appears his ground game is the best part of his game. He has only gone to decision once in his career, showing that he is a finisher and an exciting one at that.
Iaquinta is the runner-up for TUF 15, a show in which he beat Jon Tuck, Myles Jury, Andy Ogle and Vinc Pichel, before he lost in the finals to Michael Chiesa.
The boxer and wrestler came back after a long layoff in August, where he used superior movement and boxing to outpoint Ryan Couture. It put his name back into thought, as it was a dominant, impressive performance.
Hallmann will want to get Iaquinta on his back, but that will be tough against the American wrestler. Add a healthy dose of jabs, good movement and superior boxing, and the American should be able to earn the scorecards here.
Prediction: Iaquinta def. Hallmann via decision