UFC 113's Undercard: Here's The Deal and Why To Care
Now that you've all read my rundown and picks on the main card action for Saturday night's UFC 113 in Montreal, Canada, it's time to take a look at the event's undercard.
Taking a quick peek should get most fight fans pretty excited should they be in attendance in Montreal, because as undercards go, this one is looking high on quality, and should provide some great fights.
So here we go peeps, let's take a look at the undercard, and any potential fights that may get aired during the live show.
Tom Lawlor vs Joe Doerksen
What's the deal? Doerksen is the returning middleweight on a run facing Lawlor, who is coming of a controversial loss to Aaron Simpson at Ultimate Fight Night 20. With a win, both fighters will be looking for a spot on the main card and a step up in competition.
Why care? Doerksen has gone on a five-fight win streak in regional shows since leaving the UFC back in 2008, so it will be interesting to see how much he has improved. Lawlor is a fighter on the rise, and if you think as I do that he beat Simpson, then he would be on a four-fight win streak.
The verdict: Despite the impressive run that Doerksen is on I have been very impressed with Lawlor and is level of improvement in each fight. I'll go with the "Filthy" Lawlor to take this fight.
Marcus Davis vs Jonathan Goulet
What's the deal? Veteran fighter Marcus Davis, the perennial gatekeeper to the UFC Welterweight division faces Jonathan Goulet in the Canadian's home province.
Why care? Davis is on a two- fight losing streak, and was destroyed in his last fight against Ben Saunders at UFC 106. That fight made Davis look old, and maybe the younger fighters are passing him by, but would a loss put his future in jeopardy? Goulet hasn't fought since 2008, and will be looking to leave an impression on fans and the UFC top brass.
The verdict: I think the 'Irish Hand Grenade' has a few more performances left in him, so I will look for him to have a bounce back performance on Saturday and beat the hometown boy Goulet.
TJ Grant vs Johny Hendricks
What's the deal? Two of the top prospects in the Welterweight division will meet in a fight that will most likely be an aired pre-lim on Spike or shown on the live broadcast.Why care? Johny Hendricks is on a roll, and quite how this guy is still on the undercard is a joke to me. Currently at a perfect 7-0 in his MMA career, Hendricks will be very close to a top contender match should he win at UFC 113. Canadian Grant is also solid prospect in the UFC currently at 2-1 in the UFC, and will be looking to put on a good show.
The verdict: I have been nothing but impressed with Hendricks in the UFC, and really rate him highly as a top prospect in the UFC Welterweight division. Despite Grant being a solid prospect himself and being the hometown fighter, I have to go with Hendricks on this one.
Tim Hague vs Joey Beltran
What's the deal? Not big names these two UFC Heavyweights will be looking to secure future fights in the UFC and try to progress in what is now a deep division full of tough fighters.
Why care? Quite bizarrely after being cut from UFC, Hague makes his return without having fought anywhere else in the meantime. His opponent Beltran is coming off a big win when he embarrassed Rolles Gracie at UFC 109.
The verdict: Beltran is heavy-handed, but not a true Heavyweight, he could likely make 205 pounds. In my opinion, Hague showed promise, and I thought his cut from the UFC was a bit harsh. So I think I'll go for Hague in this one.
Yoshiyuka Yoshida vs Mike Guymon
What's the deal? Yoshida is a good mid-level fighter who seems to be in exciting fights win or lose, he'll be looking to bounce back in Montreal. Guymon is an experienced fighter who is likely entering the biggest fight of his career.
Why care? Guymon I think needs to win this fight to avoid getting the pink slip. Yoshida is 2-2 in the UFC and also needs to win this fight and will be looking to bounce back after a big KO loss to Anthony Johnson at UFC 104.
The verdict: Based on the caliber of opponents, and from what I've seen I think that Yoshida should have too much for Guymon on this one.
Jason MacDonald vs John Salter
What's the deal? Jason MacDonald steps in as a late replacement for David Loiseau to face John Salter in the opening fight of the night.
Why care? Jason 'The Athlete' MacDonald makes his return to the UFC on the back of a three-fight win streak. One of many Canadians on the card, MacDonald will be looking to make an impression to prolong his return to the big league. Salter lost his UFC debut so will likely need a win to stay in the UFC.
The verdict: I've always been a fan of MacDonald and I don't think he will waste this opportunity to get back in the UFC fan another run.
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