Unfortunately I was away so missed my preview of Cain’s demolition last weekend but as the UFC comes to Manchester on Saturday, I thought I’d throw some predictions out there. The main card is being shown on BT Sport and as they have a promotional weekend on, it’s absolutely free to watch!
Before I start, I would like give a huge shout and good luck to the Cambridge @TsunamiGym fighter @LukeBarnatt #LetsGoBigSlow. Good luck to Luke who trains in the same gym!
Lyoto Machida vs Mark Munoz
Machida has dropped down to Middleweight on short notice to fill in for the injured Michael Bisping so this should be an interesting fight. Obviously Machida is a former Light-Heavyweight UFC Champion so has great credentials but having to both step in to the fight and change weight class could be too much against a tough opponent in Munoz.
After losing to the current Middleweight Champion last year, Munoz really needs to put a string of wins together if he’s ever going to put himself into the mix for a title shot. After taking the UFC by storm with his unique elusive style, many thought that Machida would be champion for a long time but it didn’t work out and this drop the middleweight could be a great move. I’m sure that if he can get a dominant win over Munoz, he will only be one or two fights away from the title picture.
Prediction: Machida via Decision
Ross Pearson vs Melvin Guillard
Both these fighters have had spotted form recently and are in desperate need of a win. Guillard has had over 60 fights so is extremely experienced and can be a very explosive and dangerous striker although he often gets finished in the first round. I think that is exactly what Person will try to do, if Ross can take him down early and get some ground and pound going it could quickly turn into a submission chance.
Prediction: Pearson via Submission
Jimi Manuwa vs Matt Ryan Jimmo
There is only one word you can use to describe Manuwa and that is “Beast”. The guy has some phenomenal knock-out power and his previous two UFC fights have both been finished by doctor stoppage. Jimmo is decent on the counter but I think Manuwa will be too quick and powerful for him on the feet so will need to take him down to get success.
Prediction: Manuwa via TKO
Norman Parke vs Jon Tuck
I don’t know a great deal about these two fighters and their combined performances inside the Octagon have all finished in decisions. Both these guys have a solid ground game and seem to have an astonishing amount of rear naked choke wins between them! There isn’t much to get me excited about this fight if I’m honest but I hope they prove me wrong.
Prediction: Tuck via Decision
Alessio Sakara vs Nicholas Musoke
This is a true veteran vs newcomer fight as Sakara has fourteen UFC fights and this is Musoke’s debut. A loss here for the Italian Sakara would surely see him cut from the roster after losing his previous three fights and only winning 6 of that 14. Being a previous pro boxer, there is usually lots of action in Sakara’s fights which works in his favour but I expect Musoke to take him down and end his UFC career for good.
Prediction: Musoke via Submission
Phil Harris vs John Lineker
Harris has a lot of experience but so does his young Brazilian opponent, and although the crowd will get behind Harris, it could be a very long night as Lineker is ranked highly by the UFC. A win would certainly propel Harris and he’ll need to avoid Lineker’s heavy hands and show he is the more well rounded fighter and execute his game plan.
Stopping Harris in front of his home crowd should be enough to put Lineker right into the title picture and show that he can perform under pressure.
Prediction: Lineker via TKO
UFC Manchester Prelims Predictions
Al Laquinta vs Piotr Hallmann – Hallmann via TKO
Luke Barnatt vs Andrew Craig – Barnatt via TKO
Rosi Sexton vs Jessica Andrade – Sexton via Decision
Andy Ogle vs Cole Miller Miller via Submission
Jimy Hettes vs Rob Whiteford – Hettes via Submission
Bradley Scott vs Michael Kuiper – Kuiper via Decision
Some great British talent on show! Here are the viewing times:
Prelim fights – online: Saturday 26th 17:00
Main card – BT Sport: Saturday 26th 19:30
Like it? Love it? Hate it? What are your predictions?