UFC 169: Preliminary Card Predictions

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UFC 169: Preliminary Card Predictions
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The next excursion on pay-per-view for the UFC comes in the form of UFC 169 on Saturday. Headlined by two title fights, it promises to be one of the best cards in the early going of 2014.

The bantamweight championship will be on the line, as newly minted undisputed champion Renan Barao defends his title in a rematch against Urijah Faber. Barao was originally supposed to fight Dominick Cruz, but an injury took the former champion out of the bout, effectively stripping him of his bantamweight gold.

Also, the featherweight championship will be contested, as longtime champ Jose Aldo meets a stiff test in the form of Ricardo Lamas at 145 pounds. Lamas is the first in a long line of contenders who are swimming the shark-infested waters of the featherweight division.

My picks for UFC on Fox 10 in Chicago were decent at best. Sometimes we go through slumps, so I hope New Jersey's prelim card is kinder to me.

However, before that, we have the preliminary card with many new faces and a few familiar ones. Here are the predictions for those fights.

Riley's Record in 2014: 11-8

Last Event: UFC on Fox 10 (4-3)

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