UFC Fight Night 31: Fight for the Troops 3 Card, TV Info, Predictions and More

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistNovember 5, 2013

Jun 15, 2013; Winnipeg, MB, Canada; UFC president Dana White talks to the media at the press conference following UFC 161 at MTS Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports
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The excitement surrounding UFC Fight Night 31 was already reaching a fever pitch, but the fact that this is the third Fight for the Troops show makes this one of the most exciting events of the year.

Not only are MMA fans in store for a night of intense action, but they will also witness the UFC giving back to the armed forces and showing their support for the men and women that protect and serve the United States of America.

While the sport of MMA has often been locked down upon because of brutality, Wednesday’s showcase will be for the sole purpose of giving back. There will no denying the kind-hearted nature of this gesture.


Where: Fort Campbell, Kentucky

When: Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. ET

Watch: FOX Sports 1

Live Stream:  FOX Sports GO


UFC Fight Night 31 Card and Predictions
MatchupWeight ClassPrediction
Tim Kennedy vs. Rafael NatalMiddleweight Kennedy via Decision
Liz Carmouche vs. Alexis DavisWomen's Bantamweight Carmouche via Submission
Ronny Markes vs. Yoel RomeroMiddleweight Romero via TKO
Jorge Masvidal vs. Rustam KhabilovLightweightMasvidal via Decision
Colton Smith vs. Michael ChiesaLightweightChiesa via Decision
James Krause vs. Bobby GreenLightweightKrause via TKO
George Roop vs. Francisco RiveraBantamweightRoop via Decision
Dennis Bermudez vs. Steven SilerFeatherweight Bermudez via Submission
Germaine de Randamie vs. Amanda NunesWomen's Bantamweight De Randamie via TKO
Chris Camozzi vs. Lorenz LarkinMiddleweight Camozzi via TKO
Yves Edwards vs. Yancy MedeirosLightweightEdwards via Decision
Neil Magny vs. Seth BaczynskiWelterweightBaczynski via Submission
Derek Brunson vs. Brian HoustonMiddleweight Houston via Decision


Wednesday’s Most Exciting Battles

Tim Kennedy vs. Rafael Natal

The main event of the evening should also feature the best pure in-ring work on the card. With Tim Kennedy squaring off against Rafael Natal in a bitter Middleweight bout, this fight could legitimately go either way.

Kennedy is the stronger puncher and will be looking to get the knockout. As strong as he is, Natal has the ability to take this fight to the ground and dominate on top. Both men will be trying to keep this bout where they have the decisive advantage, and that will result in a fierce battle.

As well versed as Natal is in the Octagon (17-4-1 over his MMA career), he has not faced a fighter as tough as Kennedy. Fans should expect this to be a brutal fight that somehow goes the distance.

Predicted Winner: Kennedy via Decision.


Liz Carmouche vs. Alexis Davis

While the main event has stolen most of the headlines, the most exciting bout of the night should be the women’s bantamweight battle between Liz Carmouche and Alexis Davis.

Both women are trying to make a case for a future title shot, and winning on Wednesday in decisive fashion would be the best way to do so. Carmouche and Davis are both solid wrestlers, but expect each woman to be looking for a possible submission finish.

Champion Ronda Rousey has made a living forcing her competition to submit to her wicked armbar, but Wednesday’s battle will feature two of the division’s top stars looking to send a message using her signature move.

Predicted Winner: Carmouche via Submission.