While the heavyweights are the focus of the MMA world this evening, the preliminary card of UFC 146 boasts one of the most talent-rich and technically awesome series of bouts in quite awhile. Featuring veterans who are undoubtedly fighting for their jobs, or angry guys that hate Barack Obama and want to run for President, this card has it all. Let’s get down to business, shall we?

Mike Brown (25-8) vs. Daniel Pineda (17-7)

Brown is an old man in MMA terms. The young lion Pineda will be out for his third straight win inside the Octagon, and for both men a win could mean big things in terms of placement in the division. I expect Brown to take Pineda to the mat, and from there Pineda will be in all kinds of trouble.

Winner – Mike Brown defeats Daniel Pineda via Submission Round 1

Paul Sass (12-0) vs. Jacob Volkmann (14-2)

Sass has had one of the best runs in British MMA history. Being undefeated and having eleven submission wins is no easy feat. He faces the most dangerous man in America though – the enemy of Obama i.e. Volkmann. Sass has some fancy tricks, but Volkmann has no time for, or interest in, such folly.

Winner – Jacob Volkmann defeats Paul Sass via Unanimous Decision

Glover Teixeira (17-2) vs. Kyle Kingsbury (11-3)

Glover walks through Kingsbury. It’s going to be violent, ugly, and not competitive.

Winner – Glover Teixeira defeats Kyle Kingsbury via TKO Round 1

Duane Ludwig (21-12) vs. Dan Hardy (23-10)

Two men who desperately need a win are almost destined to put on a damn good show, and I suspect that’s what we’ll see here. Look for Hardy to shock everyone with a slightly more well-rounded game, and while he will be technically outclassed, he will either knockout or steal a decision over Ludwig.

Winner – Dan Hardy defeats Duane Ludwig via Unanimous Decision

C.B. Dollaway (11-4) vs. Jason Miller (23-8)

With excuses aside, Miller looked absolutely horrid against Michael Bisping. He faces a considerably easier challenge in Dollaway who has him beat in the wrestling department but doesn’t offer too much that I can see beyond that. I expect Dollaway to take him down, get careless, Triangled, and tapped.

Winner – Jason Miller defeats C.B. Dollaway via Submission Round 2

Jamie Varner (19-6-1) vs. Edson Barboza (10-0)

Welcome back Varner! Enjoy your stay since it won’t be a long one. Coming in as a late replacement for Evan Dunham, that poor fella has to fight Barboza, an unenviable task. I fully expect Barboza to kick Varner’s legs off en route to a unanimous decision win.

Winner – Edson Barboza defeats Jamie Varner via Unanimous Decision

Diego Brandao (14-7) vs. Darren Elkins (13-2)

In the final and perhaps most violent preliminary bout, Brandao is going to kill Elkins. Elkins has some solid wrestling, and yeah, I don’t doubt that he could but Brandao on his back, but even then what can he do from there other than get submitted? Good luck surviving an absolute firestorm of fists to get Brandao on his back. I don’t see it happening.

Winner – Diego Brandao defeats Darren Elkins via Knockout Round 1

Check out the preliminary bouts starting at approximately 6:30 PM EST on the UFC’s Facebook page with the FX card starting at 8:00 PM EST. Also, don’t forget to check back later today for my look at the nearly 2500-pound main card.