Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, and BADASS FIGHTS! Get ready for this Holiday weekend because there are some huge fights and MMATopics.net President Chris Gregory is here tell you what fighters and fights to lookout for, give you his predictions, and probably offend you while doing it…
WORLD SERIES OF FIGHTING 11 PRELIMS
We will be kicking off the festivities on Saturday afternoon with the World Series Fighting 11 Stream on MMAJunkie.com at 2 pm E.T.
A young fighter that everyone should keep their eye on during the prelims is Muhammed DeReese. DeReese is only 1-0 as a pro but was very dominate in his amateur career beating some of the top guys in the country. He has tons of potential and I can’t wait to see what he can do on a huge stage like WSOF.
WORLD SERIES OF FIGHTING 11 MAIN CARD (LIVE ON NBC at 4 PM E.T.)
Cody Bollinger vs. Pablo Alfonso
Cody Bollinger is coming off a huge win over Tyson Nam and I see him continuing on his path to the title with a big win over Pablo Alfonso. Cody Bollinger started out his pro career when he was a teenager and I feel like missing weight on THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER was the best thing that could happen to him because it has made him a better fighter and I feel like he has been a lot more focused after that. I’m predicting Cody Bollinger wins via Rear-naked choke in Round 1.
JZ Cavalcante vs Melvin Guillard
WOW! What a fight! JZ Cavalcante is a fighter I have followed for years. He has fought at HOOKNSHOOT, K-1, DREAM, STRIKEFORCE, and all of the organizations that the hardcore fans love. Melvin Guillard will be making his debut in WORLD SERIES OF FIGHTING and I really think we will see a new and improved Melvin Guillard in this fight. If you have watched ‘The Young Assassin’ throughout his career you have seen that he always comes back strong after losing a few and I think you will see that in this fight. I’m predicting a huge KO win for ‘THE YOUNG ASSASSIN’.
Jon Fitch vs. Dennis Hallman
We all know this won’t be fight of the night cause neither one are known for standing in the pocket and throwing punches but this could be a very interesting fight once it goes to the ground. Jon Fitch really likes to punish his opponents on the ground and I think he is going to have a problem doing that against a guy like Dennis Hallman, who has 41 submission wins. Dennis Hallman is on a 3 fight winning streak and I’m predicting ‘SUPERMAN’ wins by submission in the 2nd round.
Justin Gaethje vs Nick Newell
“Notorious” Nick Newell is undefeated with a record of 11-0 and he has pretty much destroyed all his opponents and has proved he can compete and beat some of the best guys in the Lightweight division and this will be the toughest test of his career. WSOF Lightweight Champion Justin Gaethje is also undefeated with a record of 11-0 with notable wins over Drew Fickett, JZ Cavalcante, Dan Lauzon, and Richard Patishnock. If you look at both these fighters records and opponents you will notice that Justin Gaethje has definitely taken the tougher fights to get to 11-0 and I believe that his experience against veterans will play a huge factor in this fight and I predict that Justin Gaethje wins by knockout!
UFC 175: Weidman vs. Machida
UFC FIGHT PASS 7 p.m. E.T.
FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET
PAY PER VIEW 10 p.m. E.T.
I’m not going to go through all the fights on this card but there are several exciting fights that I’m looking forward to. One of those fights kicks off the prelims on UFC FIGHT PASS at 7 pm E.T.
RFA Middleweight Champion Kevin Casey will be fighting Legacy Middleweight Champion Bubba Bush and I’m only going on statistics here but I think I have to go with Kevin Casey based on the fact that fighters that have come from RFA have had a more successful run in the UFC than fighters that come from any other organization. This is going to be a fight that you will not want to miss.
Alex Caceres vs. Urijah Faber
It seems like a lot of fans were shocked with this fight announcement. My question is “why are fans shocked?” Alex Caceres has won 5 fights in a row and yeah I’m counting his No-Contest as a win because he tested dirty for marijuana and if you think weed enhances your performance with anything but a munchies eating contest then you should be Nick Diaz STOCKTON SLAPPED. Alex Caceres asked for this fight with Urijah Faber, who is ranked #2 according to UFC RANKINGS and I think it’s a perfect opportunity for him to take a step up in competition and see where he truly ranks with the best in the World. I know I’m crazy but I’m rolling with the underdog Bruce Leeroy via submission (triangle) in Round 2.
Alexis Davis vs. UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey
When you have such a dominate champion like Ronda Rousey it’s hard to pick out any holes in her game. I’m not even sure she is a person anymore; I truly believe she has become a machine. Alexis Davis is one of the best female fighters in the World but at this point I don’t think even the best can beat Ronda Rousey. Ronda has a lot of haters and a lot of people that want to see her lose but in the back of your mind DO YOU REALLY THINK SHE CAN LOSE? No way! That’s my prediction!
Lyoto Machida vs. UFC Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman
When Lyoto Machida won the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship in 2009 Joe Rogan and the UFC called it the “MACHIDA ERA” but that ended after a few fights. Now 5 years later we might be going back into that era if he can get through the champ. Chris Weidman has 2 wins over the G.O.A.T. Anderson Silva and in my opinion he needs to use his wrestling in order to win this fight against Machida. Machida is a technical striker and also a point fighter that will win the fight if it stays on the feet.
THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER 19 FINALE
FOX Sports 1, 6 p.m. ET
I will make this short and sweet! There’s only 1 reason I’m watching this fight card and that’s because BJ PENN is making his return. Bj Penn is one of the greatest fighters of all time and is a true pioneer of the sport. He fought at several weight classes and fought the best guys in the World and is still doing it. There’s only one thing I want to see on Sunday night and that’s BJ Penn getting his hand raised.