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UFC 169 review and UFN: Machida vs. Mousasi preview

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Lyoto Machida trained for his UFC Fight Night 30 clash with Mark Munoz at Team Black House near Los Angeles. Pic by SHERDOG.COM -click for source- Credit: Dave Mandel

It was a down week but now we are preparing for another run of major fight cards. With that here is the review of UFC 169 and UFN preview:

UFC 169: Faber vs. Barao 2

Main Event: Renan Barao #1 Bantamweight vs. Urijah Faber #2 Bantamweight

Prediction: Barao by submission. Result: Barao by strikes. There’s little doubt that this was a controversial stoppage but Faber should have improved his position. Herb Dean did what he thought was best for Faber’s safety and no one can really blame him for that.

Co-main Event: Jose Aldo #1 Featherweight vs. Ricardo Lamas #2 Featherweight

Prediction: Aldo by strikes. Result: Aldo by decision. Aldo asserted his will on Lamas for five rounds and established himself as number 2 P4P.

Frank Mir #7 Heavyweight vs. Alistair Overeem #8 Heavyweight

Prediction: Overeem by submission. Result: Overeem by decision. Overeem more than likely sent Frank Mir looking for a new promotion.

John Lineker #9 Flyweight vs. Ali Bagautinov #8 Flyweight

Prediction: Bagautinov by strikes. Result: Bagautinov by decision. By no means a pretty bout but Bagautinov did enough to take two rounds.

Jamie Varner vs. Abel Trujillo

Prediction: Varner by submission. Result: Trujillo by strikes. This fight definitely earned the Fight of the Night and KON bonus awards.

Overall score: 2/5; 0.4 prediction percentage. 0.5 for Barao’s win, 0.5 for Aldo’s win, 0.5 for Overeem’s win and 0.5 for Bagautinov’s win.

UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Mousasi

Main Event: Lyoto Machida #4 Middleweight vs. Gegard Mousasi #7 Middleweight

Prediction: Mousasi by strikes. Mousasi’s last loss at middleweight was back in 2006 in Pride and he was dangerous at the time. He’s spent a few years at light heavyweight and did average. However, Lyoto Machida has proved dangerous at middleweight and he’s the favorite.

Co-main Event: Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza #5 Middleweight vs. Francis Carmont

Prediction: Souza by submission. No doubt Souza’s probably the most dangerous submission specialist at middleweight until Silva returns.

Erick Silva vs. Takenori Sato

Prediction: Silva by submission. Erick Silva is in need of a rebound but he seems to have the ability to defeat UFC newcomer Takenori Sato.

Viscardi Andrade vs. Nicholas Musoke

Prediction: Andrade by decision. The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 2 standout can no doubt defeat Musoke and has the momentum as well.

Charles Oliveira vs. Andy Ogle

Prediction: Oliveira by submission. Oliveira is in dire need of a rebound as he’s on a two fight loosing streak and a third could cut him.

How do you think the middleweight title picture will come out after this coming weekend? Feel free to leave a comment!

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A native Californian, Matthew Salzer first fell in love with martial arts when he was introduced to wrestling at the age of 11 by his mother. Close to the same time he fell in love with Mixed Martial Arts while living in Japan when he was introduced to PRIDE FC on public Japapese TV. Matthew has experience in wrestling both as a successful athlete, graduating from Missouri Baptist University with a Bachelor's degree in Social Sciences on a partial scholarship and as a coach with high school experience at Orange Lutheran and Villa Park High Schools and at the kids club level with Team TCB and Team Crucifixtion Wrestling Clubs. In addition to success in school and in athletics, Matthew also has experience in the MMA industry, having served with the California Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Association (CAMO) and is an active member on the www.mmaforum.com website. He also recently started writing for the website Funky Monkey MMA with his own column titled Matthew's Corner.