UFC On Fox 3: Diaz Vs. Miller is set to go down tonight, and we're going through our predictions for the main card and preliminary card. It's likely going to be a great event, worthy of being on the Fox network - a good successor to the first two shows, which were pretty good. The main event will feature a showdown between lightweights Nick Diaz and Jim Miller, who are both high up on the totem pole in the division. Miller is just a fight removed from a title eliminator.
But we're going to look at the prelims first - with my personal predictions. The main card predictions are coming just a little bit later this morning. The prelim card is packed with some potentially exciting fights, though with some less-than stellar prospects. Do you enjoy sloppy fights? Then read on!
Vemola is a very volatile guy - he's going to throw wildly and if something connects, you're going to sleep. That's just how it is. Mike Massenzio, on the other hand, is not ... as volatile. But he's good, and calculated. That might be enough for him to win the fight, but Vemola will be headhunting and I'm going with him. Vemola by KO, Round One
This fight is kind of up in the air in my eyes. Denis could absolutely wreck Delorme right off the bat or or Delorme could get this fight to the ground and take a decision. I'm going with the former. Denis by TKO, Round Two
Fuel TV Prelims
It's hard to imagine Pablo Garza losing this fight - he's just too polished for someone like Bermudez. It's like the fight listed above, except Garza is good at everything and not just judo. He'll be able to control Bermudez, stay on point and land when he needs to. He's just better. Not to mention, Bermudez likes to eat punches. They're his favorite. Garza by submission, Round Three
Castillo is a well-rounded guy and Cholish is ... a well-rounded guy. However, Castillo has more experience at the higher level and there's much more known at this point. He's gritty, and in the UFC, that counts for a lot. Cholish is relatively unknown and might be able to hang a little bit and surprise some people, but in the end, I can't see him winning. Castillo by decision
Gaudinot is a fan of catching haymakers with his face and Lineker is a fan of throwing haymakers at people's faces. It isn't a particularly compelling matchup, but it should be fun while it's going. Lineker by KO, Round Two
At one point, Hathaway was seen as a guy who could possibly be in title contention. Then he went on to lose and now he's faded into relative obscurity, all in a short period of time. That being said, he'll be good enough to avoid the submissions of Krauss and he'll ride out a decision on his striking. Hathaway by decision
Dodson has a lot of potential to be really good, and Elliott has a lot of potential to be really super average. Dodson should outpace him early on and eventually overwhelm Elliott en route to a TKO. Dodson by TKO, Round Three
Tony Ferguson Vs. Michael Johnson
Johnson throws well, but doesn't throw with much power, while Ferguson is technical enough to get inside and land something big. Johnson just seems like he's not going to be a guy who sees his potential, while Ferguson seems like his potential is beating guys who aren't going to reach thier's. That being said, Johnson is fighting a striker for basically the first time in his UFC career and that could be a great thing for him. That being said, Ferguson is the smart bet. Ferguson by decision.