UFC 115 : What's The Deal With The Under Card and Why Care?

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UFC 115 : What's The Deal With The Under Card and Why Care?

For anyone living North of the 49th or on the West Coast of North America, the upcoming UFC 115 in Vancouver, British Columbia is a long overdue and anticipated event. 

With Las Vegas serving as its closest sanctioned town, the fight fans from this part of the world are reaching a fever pitch with excitement. Their UFC card is less than a week away.

With that in mind, and as I build up to cover the event live for Bleacher Report, let's take my regular look through the PPV fight card to see what's at stake in each fight, and why you should care. 

Let's start with the under card fights on June 12th.

 

Mike Pyle vs. Jesse Lennox

What's the Deal?

Two veterans of MMA with over forty fights between them will look to get it on as they open up the proceedings in Vancouver. Both are well-rounded fighters and enter the fight off the back of a loss.

Why Care?

For Pyle this is a must win fight. He is 1-2 in the UFC and hasn't looked that great in any bout. Lennox was riding a four fight win streak before he met Rick Story at Ultimate Fight Night 20. 

Verdict:

I'll go with Jesse Lennox to start the night. His win will send Pyle packing from the UFC.

 

Ricardo Funch vs. Claude Patrick

What's the Deal?

Claude Patrick is the first of a number of Canadian's on the card. Patrick will be making his UFC debut as he takes on Brazilian Ricardo Funch.

Why Care?

Claude Patrick's quest to the top has taken him eight years of tough regional fighting. He is 12-1 in his career and is currently riding a 10 fight win streak into the UFC.

Funch lost his debut UFC fight to Johny Hendricks at UFC 107. He'll look to get back to even in the promotion.

Verdict:

Due to the emotional nature of fighting in UFC for the first time, and the fact that he is fighting in Canada, I think Patrick will get the "W".

This will be a tough fight, though.

 

James Wilks vs. Peter Sobotta

What's the Deal?

The Ultimate Fighter Season nine Winner James Wilks takes on the tough German Peter Sobotta. 

Why Care?

Wilks lost his first official UFC fight in a war against Matt Brown. He was gassed and took a lot of punishment in that fight. Wilks is the rare case of an Ultimate Fighter winner not being secure in his job.

He simply has to win this fight.

Sobbota looks to bounce back from a decision loss to Paul Taylor.

Verdict:

Sobotta has not fought outside of Europe and is still an active member of his country's military. He even withdrew from a scheduled UFC 105 fight because of it.

Although English, Wilks lives in California. Because to this and the fact that it's a must win fight for him, I expect Wilks to keep his job in the UFC and get the win.

 

David Loiseau vs. Mario Miranda

What's the Deal?

The second Canadian on the card, Loiseau makes his return to the octagon after a year away from the UFC. He takes on 11-1 Mario Miranda in only his second UFC fight.

Why Care?

David Loiseau is an MMA veteran and Canadian MMA legend who belongs in the UFC. At 19-9, he likely doesn't have too many chances left in the sport.

June 12 is a big night for him. 

Miranda was on an eleven fight win streak before he lost to Gerald Harris in his UFC debut. Did the bright lights and pressure get to him?

We'll find out soon. 

Verdict:

After losing at UFC 97, Loiseau did the right thing as he went away and got a win under his belt in the MFL promotion. Upon his fourth return to the UFC, I think his experience and striking will be the difference makers as he gets the win on home soil.

 

Pre-lims to be televised on Spike TV:

Mac Danzig vs. Matt Wiman

What's the Deal?

The other Ultimate Fighter Season winner on the card, Danzig will look to build on the momentum of his win at UFC 109. He takes on handsome Matt Wiman in a clash that will separate the winner and loser as either also-rans or improving contenders. 

Why Care?

Both fighters have lost to Jim Miller and both fighters snapped lengthy losing streaks by winning last time out. The winner will continue climbing back up the ladder, the loser may be in danger of also losing their job.

Verdict:

These two fighters are pretty hard to split, with no obvious flaws in any area for either fighter. I'll go for Danzig in this one.

 

Evan Dunham vs. Tyson Griffin

What's the Deal?

Easily my personal pick of the fights on the card next Saturday, two top lightweight contenders face off at UFC 115. Both have strong recent records and are amongst the top ten in the division.

Why Care?

Evan Dunham is on a surge at the moment. He is undefeated in 10 fights and is on a three fight win streak in the UFC. Tyson Griffin has been ranked as high as No. 5 in some divisional lists and enters the fight with a 14-2 record.

Simply put, the winner is at the front of the line for a title shot.

Verdict:

I have been nothing but impressed with Dunham since he entered the UFC. And with Griffin last fighting in September 2009, I am going to go for Dunham to pull what would likely be an upset.

So that's my run down of the under card for UFC 115.

Keep your eyes peeled for the follow up on the Main Card so you will know, what the deal is, why you should care and my verdict on each fight in Vancouver.

Cheers

 

Greg Parfitt is an Internationally syndicated Featured MMA writer on Bleacher Report. 

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