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The first pair of UFC vets on the card are set to meet at 185. TUF 11 alum and Canadian striker Nick Ring will take on Brazilian grappler Caio Magalhaes.
Magalhaes, who works with Nova Uniao, has not looked like a world beater since entering the UFC. "Hellboy" is 1-1 in the UFC, taking a loss to Buddy Roberts before taking a comeback against a winded Karlos Vemola.
Half of his wins come by submission, and judging by his past performances on the feet, one would assume he is looking to get this fight to the floor as early as possible.
As for Ring, he has had an up-and-down career with the UFC going all the way back to his TUF days. He was a favorite to win, but persistent knee injuries hampered his run on the show.
Since then, the striker is 3-2 with the UFC, choking out James Head and taking controversial wins over Riki Fukuda and Court McGee. His two losses thus far have come against Tim Boetsch and Chris Camozzi, the latter of whom beat him in his latest outing.
Ring is the more well-rounded fighter here and should have the takedown defense to stuff the decent-at-best shot Magalhaes offers. The Canadian should nab a convincing decision here.
Prediction: Ring def. Magalhaes via decision