UFC 175

UFC 175 Fight Card: Start Time and Predictions for Saturday's Event in Las Vegas

Dec 28, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA;     Uriah Hall during his UFC Middleweight Bout against Chris Leben (not pictured) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
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Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistJuly 5, 2014

Saturday marks the 20th time a UFC event will feature two championship bouts.

In other words, Dana White and Co. have once more pulled out all the stops to ensure the Fourth of July weekend is yet again a resounding success.

With headliners like Chris Weidman and Ronda Rousey—the former a two-time slayer of Anderson Silva and the latter a champion furthering the women's side of the sport—what could go wrong?

Beneath the surface of the main events, the rest of the card completes what is the sport's best offering of the year. Here is a look at the full card and a taste of two of the underrated events residing below the main spectacles of the night.

 

What: UFC 175

When: Saturday, July 5, 2014 at 7 p.m. ET (main card begins at 10 p.m. ET)

Online: UFC TV

 

Main Card (PPV)FighterFighterPredicted Winner
MiddleweightChris WeidmanLyoto MachidaChris Weidman
Women's BantamweightRonda RouseyAlexis DavisRonda Rousey
HeavyweightStefan StruveMatt MitrioneStefan Struve
MiddleweightUriah HallThiago SantosThiago Santos
BantamweightMarcus BrimageRussell DoaneRussell Doane
Preliminary Card (Fox Sports 1)FighterFighter
BantamweightUrijah FaberAlex CaceresUrijah Faber
WelterweightKenny RobertsonIldemar AlcantaraKenny Robertson
MiddleweightChris CamozziBruno SantosChris Camozzi
BantamweightGeorge RoopRob FontRob Font
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)FighterFighter
MiddleweightLuke ZachrichGuilherme VasconcelosGuilherme Vasconcelos
MiddleweightKevin CaseyBubba BushKevin Casey
Card via UFC.com

 

Underrated Bouts to Watch

Uriah Hall vs. Thiago Santos

Dec 27, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA;   Uriah Hall weighs-in for his UFC Middleweight Bout on December 28 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
USA TODAY Sports

A middleweight bout of epic proportions has been a bit swept under the rug in the wake of the superb main events Saturday night.

For Uriah Hall, the proceedings in Las Vegas represent a chance for him to shed the "bust" label and realize his full potential after being a star on The Ultimate Fighter quite some time ago. He managed to halt a two-fight skid with a triumph over Chris Leben last December.

Perhaps Dana White has the answer to Hall's issues, as he told the media after UFC Fight Night 26:

It’s a mental thing. He was this killer that everybody was afraid of on TUF and then he comes into the big show where it all really matters and where you’re going to make, you know, this is going to make your livelihood and everything else and he turns into this different person. This super nice guy.

If that's the case, Hall better get mean in a hurry to dance with Santos.

While he only touts a 1-1 record since joining the promotion, Santos is a deadly striker who has finished two of his last three bouts with kicks. His wrestling has left something to be desired at this point, but putting his head down and matching Hall blow-for-blow may very well be enough for him to pull off the victory.

Uriah Hall vs. Thiago Santos Tale of the Tape
Uriah Hall Thiago Santos
9-4-0Record9-2-0
72 inHeight72 in
185 lbsWeight185 lbs
Significant Strikes
3Landed P/M4.2
56.76%Accuracy41.18%
2.14Absorbed P/M1.8
55.36%Defense50%
Grappling
1.71Takedown average000
36.36%Takedown accuracy000%
58.33%Takedowns defended000%
000Submission average000
UFC.com

Hall can hang if both men remain upright, but one has to take into account his habit of fading down the stretch on major stages, as he did in recent losses to Kelvin Gastelum and John Howard.

Two men with everything to lose enter a grand stage Saturday night, and the one who remains focused on the task at hand by any means necessary will get a major career boost with the promotion. Unless Hall can suddenly live up to his potential, that man will be Santos.

Prediction: Santos via split decision

 

Marcus Brimage vs. Russell Doane

ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 21:  Marcus Brimage reacts during his featherweight bout with Maximo Blanco (not pictured) for UFC 145 at Philips Arena on April 21, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

A late addition to the card, Marcus Brimage and Russell Doane's duel will quietly be one of the highlights Saturday night given the offensive skill of both men.

Both men love to stay on their feet, which means more action for fans.

Brimage won over fans on The Ultimate Fighter 14 and went on to win three fights in a row, but he got destroyed in April of 2013. That's no exaggeration—he was dominated by Conor McGregor in just 67 seconds.

Marcus Brimage vs. Russell Doane Tale of the Tape
Marcus BrimageRussell Doane
6-2-0Record13-3-0
64 inHeight67 in
135 lbsWeight135 lbs
Significant Strikes
5.1Landed P/M4.31
35.82%Accuracy50%
4.32Absorbed P/M1.7
53.5%Defense68.52%
Grappling
0.33Takedown average000
100%Takedown accuracy000%
88.89%Takedowns defended80%
000Submission average1.5
UFC.com

It has indeed been quite some time since fans have seen the strike-happy ways of Brimage, who since that crippling loss has been rehabbing an Achilles tendon injury.

Meanwhile, Doane has been a treat to watch after making his promotional debut in January, using elite speed and great striking to leave an impression. He matches up well with Brimage in a clash of similar styles.

Pair concentration issues and lesser speed, and there is a recipe for Brimage to take another ugly loss. Doane is red hot and can use a diverse array of strikes to eventually get the win, especially if his opponent falls back to his flat-footed ways.

Prediction: Doane by TKO

 

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