411's MMA Roundtable Preview - UFC Fight Night & TUF: Brazil 3 Finale
Posted by Dan Plunkett on 05.30.2014
Stipe Miocic vs. Fabio Maldonado headlines TUF: Brazil 3 Finale while Mark Munoz and Gegard Mousasi battle it out at UFC Fight Night 41 this weekend! Check out the full roundtable for all the details and join 411 for LIVE coverage of the events on Saturday!
For the first time ever, UFC presents two events in one day on Saturday. First, in Berlin, Germany, Mark Munoz and Gegard Mousasi battle it out at middleweight. Later, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Stipe Miocic vs. Fabio Maldonado headlines The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3 Finale. Let's meet the staff and then get to the picks!
From The 411 MMA Top 10, Alex Rella!
From MMA's 3R's, Jeffrey Harris!
From Five Quick Rounds, Evan Zivin!
From the Locked in the Guillotine MMA News Report, Robert Winfree!
UFC Fight Night: Munoz vs. Mousasi
THE PRELIMINARY CARD:
All bouts stream live on UFC Fight Pass.
Heavyweight Bout: Viktor Pesta vs. Ruslan Magomedov
Alex Rella: Magomedov, Decision Jeffrey Harris: Magomedov, Decision Evan Zivin: Viktor Pesta, TKO, Round 1 Robert Winfree: Ruslan Magomedov, TKO Round 1 The staff picks Ruslan Magomdeov, 3-1.
Featherweight Bout: Andy Ogle vs. Maximo Blanco
Alex Rella: Ogle, Decision Jeffrey Harris: Ogle, TKO, Round 2 Evan Zivin: Andy Ogle, Decision Robert Winfree: Andy Ogle, Disqualification The staff picks Andy Ogle, 4-0.
Welterweight Bout: Peter Sobotta vs. Pawel Pawlak
Alex Rella: Sobotta, Submission, Round 3 Jeffrey Harris: Sobotta, DEC Evan Zivin: Pawel Pawlak, TKO, Round 2 Robert Winfree: Peter Sobotta, Decision The staff picks Peter Sobotta, 3-1.
Bantamweight Bout: Iuri Alcantara vs. Vaughan Lee
Alex Rella: Alcantara, Decision Jeffrey Harris: Vaughan Lee, Submission, Round 2 Evan Zivin: Iuri Alcantara, Submission, Round 1 Robert Winfree: Vaughan Lee, Submission Round 2 The staff picks a draw, 2-2.
Middleweight Bout: Magnus Cedenblad vs. Krzysztof Jotko
Alex Rella: Jotko, Decision Jeffrey Harris: Cedenblad, TKO, Round 2 Evan Zivin: Magnus Cedenblad, Submission, Round 3 Robert Winfree: Magnus Cedenblad, Decision The staff picks Magnus Cedenblad, 3-1.
Lightweight Bout: Nick Hein vs. Drew Dober
Alex Rella: Hein, Decision Jeffrey Harris: Hein, Decision Evan Zivin: Nick Hein, Decision Robert Winfree: Nick Hein, Decision The staff picks Nick Hein, 4-0.
THE MAIN CARD:
Featherweight Bout: Tom Niinimaki vs. Niklas Backstrom
Alex Rella: Niinimaki, Submission, Round 3 Jeffrey Harris: Niinimaki, Submission, Round 1 Evan Zivin: Niklas Backstrom, TKO, Round 2 Robert Winfree: Tom Niinimaki, Decision The staff picks Tom Niinimaki, 3-1.
Middleweight Bout: Luke Barnatt vs. Sean Strickland
Alex Rella: Barnatt, TKO, Round 2 Jeffrey Harris: Barnatt, TKO, Round 2 Evan Zivin: Luke Barnatt, Decision Robert Winfree: Luke Barnatt, TKO Round 2 The staff picks Luke Barnatt, 4-0.
Middleweight Bout: Francis Carmont vs. CB Dollaway
Alex Rella: Dollaway, Decision Jeffrey Harris: Dollaway, Decision Evan Zivin: Francis Carmont, Submission, Round 3 Robert Winfree: Francis Carmont, Decision The staff picks a draw, 2-2.
Middleweight Bout: Mark Munoz vs. Gegard Mousasi
Alex Rella: This should make for a good fight and it makes perfect sense considering where they are at this point in their careers. Both are coming off a loss to Lyoto Machida and only the winner of this one will stay somewhat near the top of the middleweight division. Mousasi just lost for the first time since 2010 and with a 34-4-2 record at only 28 years old, I think still think he has a lot of potential. Munoz is a pretty good wrestler, but even if he does get past Mousasi's boxing and score a takedown, Mousasi is the much better fighter on the ground. I expect the former Dream and Strikeforce champ to get the win here.
Winner: Mousasi, Decision
Jeffrey Harris: This is a good rebound fight for Gegard Mousasi after his recent return to middleweight and losing to Lyoto Machida. While he might feel differently, I see Munoz as a pretty tough gatekeeper and a good test and evaluation for a guy like Mousasi. People may forget, but a few years ago, Mousasi was getting a ton of hype as the future of the sport in Strikeforce. Muhammed Lawal basically derailed his hype train. Since Munoz is a good wrestler, this will be a good way to see how far Mousasi has come since that loss. Other than Machida, King Mo was Mousasi's only career MMA loss since a 2006 loss to Akihiro Gono in Pride FC. Munoz is a very good wrestler, and he's got some formidable ground and pound. But standing up, I think Mousasi will be way too much for him. Munoz doesn't have the greatest of chins, and I think Mousasi has the type of power to put him away.
Winner: Mousasi, TKO, Round 2
Evan Zivin: Both men have something in common in that they are both looking to bounce back from a loss to Lyoto Machida, although Munoz was knocked out and Mousasi just lost a close yet dull decision. Will that make a difference? Not really. Mousasi has improved a lot over the last few years but his big weakness has always been wrestling. It's what cost him the Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Championship in 2010 and it's the key to victory for Munoz. Mark has aggressive takedowns and good top control that I don't think Mousasi can stop. The story of this fight will be Munoz taking Mousasi down every round and going Donkey Kong on him.
Winner: Mark Munoz, Decision
Robert Winfree: This is actually a solid choice to main event a Fight Pass event. Mark Munoz has been a borderline top five guy for a while, though now he's just borderline top ten, and has a good skill set. Munoz has good wrestling, heavy top control, and some of the most powerful ground and pound in the sport. Mousasi lost his return bout to middleweight his last time out, a decision to Lyoto Machida, but has a very well rounded skill set. Mousasi has power, technical striking, and has improved his wrestling since coming to the UFC. Mousasi should find Munoz's chin and put him down since Munoz doesn't take the best punch in the world.
Winner: Gegard Mousasi, TKO Round 2
The staff picks Gegard Mousasi, 3-1.
The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3 Finale
THE PRELIMINARY CARD:
First three prelims stream on UFC Fight Pass. Remaining bouts on FS 1.
Bantamweight Bout: Pedro Muhnoz vs. Matt Hobar
Alex Rella: Munhoz, Decision Jeffrey Harris: Munhoz, Submission, Round 2 Evan Zivin: Matt Hobar, Submission, Round 2 Robert Winfree: Matt Hobar, Decision The staff picks a draw, 2-2.
Middleweight Bout: Ricardo Abreu vs. Wagner Silva
Alex Rella: Silva, Decision Jeffrey Harris: Silva, Decision Evan Zivin: Ricardo Abreu, TKO, Round 1 Robert Winfree: Ricardo Abreu, Decision The staff picks a draw, 2-2.
Heavyweight Bout: Marcos Rogerio de Lima vs. Richardson Moreira
Alex Rella: Moreira, Decision Jeffrey Harris: Moreira, Decision Evan Zivin: Richardson Moreira, Submssion, Round 1 Robert Winfree: Richardson Moreira, TKO Round 1 The staff picks Richardson Moreira, 4-0.
Featherweight Bout: Kevin Souza vs. Mark Eddiva
Alex Rella: Souza, Decision Jeffrey Harris: Souza, Submission, Round 1 Evan Zivin: Kevin Souza, Decision Robert Winfree: Kevin Souza, Decision The staff picks Kevin Souza, 4-0.
Welterweight Bout: Paulo Thiago vs. Gasan Umalatov
Alex Rella: Thiago, Submission, Round 3 Jeffrey Harris: Thiago, Decision Evan Zivin: Paulo Thiago, Decision Robert Winfree: Paulo Thiago, Decision The staff picks Paulo Thiago, 4-0.
Lightweight Bout: Elias Silverio vs. Ernest Chavez
Alex Rella: Chavez, Decision Jeffrey Harris: Chavez, Decision Evan Zivin: Elias Silverio, Decision Robert Winfree: Elias Silverio, Decision The staff picks a draw, 2-2.
Lightweight Bout: Rodrigo Damm vs. Rashid Magomedov
Alex Rella: Magomedov, TKO, Round 2 Jeffrey Harris: Magomedov, TKO, Round 1 Evan Zivin: Rashid Magomedov, Decision Robert Winfree: Rashid Magomedov, TKO Round 2 The staff picks Rashid Magomedov, 4-0.
THE MAIN CARD:
Featherweight Bout: Rony Jason vs. Robbie Peralta
Alex Rella: Jason, KO, Round 1 Jeffrey Harris: Jason, KO, Round 2 Evan Zivin: Rony Jason, TKO, Round 1 Robert Winfree: Rony Jason, TKO Round 1 The staff picks Rony Jason, 4-0.
Welterweight Bout: Demian Maia vs. Alexander Yakovlev
Middleweight Bout: Marcio Alexandre Junior vs. Warlley Alves
Alex Rella: Alexandre, TKO, Round 2 Jeffrey Harris: Alexandre, Decision Evan Zivin: Warlley Alves, Submission, Round 2 Robert Winfree: Warlley Alves, Decision The staff picks a draw, 2-2.
Heavyweight Bout: Vitor Miranda vs. Antonio Carlos Junior
Alex Rella: Miranda, Decision Jeffrey Harris: Miranda, Decision Evan Zivin: Antonio Carlos Junior, TKO, Round 2 Robert Winfree: Vitor Miranda, TKO Round 3 The staff picks Vitor Miranda, 3-1.
Heavyweight Bout: Stipe Miocic vs. Fabio Maldonado
Alex Rella: There's no way around it, Maldonado is going to get killed in this one. Maldonado has won three lackluster fights in a row, but is now going up against one of the best heavyweights in the world. Miocic is a much larger fighter with far superior striking and wrestling. Maldonado has proven he can take a beating, but I don't expect him to be able to go the distance in this one.
Winner: Miocic, TKO, Round 2
Jeffrey Harris: Anything can happen in a fight, but Maldonado coming out on top as the winner here is something I find highly improbable. Now credit to Maldonado for taking this fight on such short notice after Junior dos Santos dropped out. He'll get a nice fan reception and try to put on a show. But I expect him to be absolutely dominated by Miocic. Miocic actually has pretty good technical striking and boxing, though he doesn't pack a lot of knockut power standing up. Maldonado is a bit of a lunatic inside the cage, and his aggressive, crazy style as well as his impressive chin has earned him a lot of fans. Still besides the size difference, Miocic will have another edge with his wrestling game. Anyway, Miocic wins this one.
Winner: Miocic, Decision
Evan Zivin: This fight will be the story of two different kinds of strikers. Miocic is very technical with his striking, using his reach to keep the fight at a distance and find ways to pick at his opponent without taking too much damage in return. It's a safer approach that isn't always the most exciting but, more times than not, it gets the job done. Maldonado is more of a brawler, having no problem getting in the face of his opponent and throwing down even if it means suffering some damage for doing so. The styles have worked for both men, as Miocic has only lost once in 12 fights and Maldonado is on a three fight win streak. So when these two styles are put together, who will win? I think it could go either way but I will give the edge to Miocic. His style will allow him to keep a steady pace throughout the entire fight and pick apart Maldonado, who will likely gas sometime in the second round of the 5 round fight. I don't predict the fight to be wildly entertaining, unless Maldonado hurts Miocic, but it should get Stipe another quality win. Thank the gods you aren't fighting Junior dos Santos, Stipe. He would have wrecked you.
Winner: Stipe Miocic, Decision
Robert Winfree: When this was Miocic taking on Junior dos Santos I was interested. I wanted to see how dos Santos would rebound from his last loss, how Miocic would do facing one of the two best guys in the division, there was a lot to look forward to. Now not so much. Maldonado deserves credit for stepping into this fight on short notice, but he's going to be crushed. Miocic is a big heavyweight, Maldonado is short for light heavyweight. If Miocic can't finish Maldonado then he has no hope of competing against the top of the heavyweight division. I think he will just overwhelm Maldonado, likely in the second.
Winner: Stipe Miocic, TKO Round 2
The staff picks Stipe Miocic, 4-0.
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