We kick things off on the prelims in the featherweight division, as Chas Skelly looks to notch two wins in two weeks against tough-as-nails Floridian Sean Soriano. Skelly steps in for Andre Fili, who got injured late in training camp.
Soriano is a striker with good takedown defense, though the relentless takedowns and superiority of Tatsuya Kawajiri led to his demise via submission in a short-notice debut. He gets a full training camp here, so we should really get a glimpse of how good Soriano can be.
Though he was outgrappled by Kawajiri, Soriano is not a bad grappler himself. While he is definitely a quick, athletic striker who likes to keep it standing, he does own an equal amount of tapouts to knockouts.
His opponent, Skelly, literally fought August 23 in Tulsa, where he made quick work of Finnish standout Tom Niinimaki with a rear-naked choke. That win reversed a tough debut, where he was outpointed by Mirsad Bektic in a back-and-forth affair.
Skelly is a wrestler, so there is no doubt about what he wants to do in this fight. He is going to shoot early and often, looking to take Soriano out of his element.
Soriano showed against Kawajiri that he can be taken down. Seeing that Skelly is a high-level Division I wrestler and that he is only getting better fight to fight, he should be able to take care of business here.
Prediction: Skelly def. Soriano via decision