The event is set for November 14 from the Manchester Evening News Arena in, you guessed it, Manchester, England.
The main event will pit Randy Couture up against Brandon Vera in a light heavyweight showdown, but first things first, we’re here to kick things off with the undercard.
As usual, feel free to agreee or diagree with any of our picks in a loosely respectful manner in the comment section below, and of course, put up or shut up, let’s see your picks!
Main card is on the way…..
Paul Taylor vs. John Hathaway
David Andrest: I really enjoy watching Paul Taylor fight. I find him exciting most times as he really leaves it all in the Octagon. With that said, Hathaway is an 11-0 blue chip prospect who will likely take Taylor to the floor and pound him senseless.
Winner : John Hathaway TKO
Cory Brady: Hathaway may have yet to see his first professional defeat in MMA, but there’s a first time for everything. The undefeated prospect has never faced anyone as durable and as explosive as Taylor. One thing is for certain, and that’s that both men should be in for a war. Hathaway may very well have what it takes to edge out Taylor from a technical standpoint, but it’s going to be interesting to see how he reacts to the pressure Taylor will be applying.
Winner: John Hathaway via unanimous decision
Terry Etim vs. Shannon Gugerty
David Andrest: Etim is better on the feet by a mile, and good enough to keep it off the floor for long stretches of time. Thus Gugerty will find himself getting beat up as he works to get this fight and keep this fight on the floor where he has a shot.
Winner Terry Etim decision
Cory Brady: I feel like Etim is the better striker of the two, but not by a mile. However, both men are very dangerous ground fighters so I expect for Etim to try to utilize the one obvious advantage he does have, and keep it standing. On the feet I feel like Gugerty should be able to hold his own, but he will be outclassed if he chooses to go that route. Sadly for Shannon, I feel like his only chance to win this fight will be from the top position on the canvas, but if he does that he’s risking getting triangle choked. Don’t be too surprised if Etim welcomes the takedown and looks to sinch up a triangle early on.
Winner: Terry Etim via submission
Paul Kelly vs. Dennis Siver
David Andrest: Unless Dennis Siver has developed some takedown defense , he is in for a long night. Paul Kelly is a scrappy guy who likes to hit people. And when he takes Siver to the floof he will punish him. I’m going to stop short of calling a TKO victory, but I think Siver will not be able to stop the beating Kelly is going to lay upon him.
Winner: Paul Kelly via decision
Cory Brady: Paul Kelly is hands down one of the most exciting fighters in the business right now. He carries a head kick reminiscent of Mirko in his prime, and a relentless pace that would make Clay Guida nod his mangy mug in approval. Siver is capable, but there’s no reason Kelly shouldn’t win this fight; he’s just the better fighter. While Dennis doesn’t make it a habit to get knocked out, when he loses, he normally gets his a** whupped; this should be no exception. Expect for Kelly to come out with one thing on his mind, and that’s the KOTN bonus check.
Winner: Paul Kelly via TKO
Matt Riddle vs. Nick Osipczak
David Andrest: I’m not sure how many of you have had the chance to watch Matt Riddle fight since his stint on TUF ended. The guy has been …………….how should I say this? Very controlling. So much so if I were at the MEN arena, I would feel safe watching Riddle take this fight to the floor, then getting up to go to the bathroom, grab a drink, talk with a long lost friend, and return to my seat to find the fighters in the same position I left them 13 minutes earlier. Nick Osipczak has BJJ, but it’s simply not going to be enough. This fight will likely be won on “octagon control”.
Winner: Matt Riddle and the Concession Stands at the Arena by decision
Cory Brady: I’m not going to argue with anything that Dave just said, and I’d be lying if I said I was looking forward to this one. Who would of known that the kid with one of the most devastating knockouts in the history of The Ultimate Fighter would turn out to be so hard to watch. Nick’s a scrappy dude, but Riddle is too big, strong and lethargic for him.
Winner: Matt Riddle via unanimous decision
Alexander Gustafsson vs. Jared Hamman
David Andrest: It’s the debut for both fighters, after a quick look at records Gustafsson has faced the better competiton. For that reason alone I’m going to pick him in this fight.
Winner: Gustafsson via TKO
Cory Brady: Alexander has an awesome nickname, “The Mauler”, but don’t even pretend like you’ve seen a bunch of tape on this guy. Fighting out of Stockholm, Sweden, Gustafsson is known as a knockout artist, with six of his eight victories ending via TKO or KO. However, Hamman is vastly more experienced against tougher competition and is known as a knockout artist in his own right. If you like brutal beatdowns, this is the fight for you; there’s no way this one makes it to the scorecards.
Winner: Jared Hamman via knockout
Andre Winner vs. Roli Delgado
David Andrest: This could be an interesting fight. Each man has one way to win. Winner will win this fight on the feet, Delgado on the ground. It’s simple as that. Look for Winner to clinch early and often and beat Delgado until the ref steps in to save the day, otherwise we’ll have witnessed Delgado pull guard and end it quickly.
Winner: Winner via TKO
Cory Brady: Another fight I’m not looking forward to between two guys that won’t be around in a few months. Winner has a long history of going the distance and if he’s able to avoid a Delgado submission, there’s no reason this fight should break the trend. Delgado is technically better on the ground, and that’s where this fight will be won.
Winner: Delgado via unanimous decision