Tor Troeng (15-4-1, 0-0 UFC) vs. Adam Cella (4-0, 0-0 UFC):
Cella had his soul stolen from Uriah Hall and will suffer a similar defeat here against Troeng. Troeng, a Swede, has competed most of his career in Sweden and it is always difficult for inexperienced North American fighters to travel so far and perform well. Look for Troeng to end the fight early via strikes. Troeng via TKO.
Papy Abedi (8-2, 0-2 UFC) vs. Besam Yousef (6-1, 0-1 UFC):
Abedi has showed almost nothing in his first two fights in the UFC octagon. Though Yousef was submitted by Simeon Thoresen, he was rocking him prior to that mistake. Yousef will gut out an ugly, clinch-based affair for a decision. Yousef via decision.
Tom Lawlor (8-5, 4-4 UFC) vs. Michael Kuiper (12-1, 1-1 UFC):
Kuiper is on the upswing of his career while Lawlor is barely holding on in the UFC. Kuiper’s judo based attack will provide an interesting matchup for Lawlor. Even though he has seen pretty much everything in the UFC’s octagon, Kuiper will be too much for Lawlor to handle and he will likely be cut after this fight. Kuiper via decision.
Ben Alloway (12-3, 1-0 UFC) vs. Ryan LaFlare (7-0, 0-0 UFC):
Ryan LaFlare has built up an impressive record under the Ring of Combat banner. He has recorded seven finishes and we have seen Lou Neglia’s prospects go on to do great things in the UFC octagon. Alloway will provide a stiff test in his octagon debut. His win over Manuel Rodriguez showed some great violence. LaFlare is going to come out firing and get an early finish. LaFlare via KO.
Marcus Brimage (6-1, 3-0 UFC) vs. Conor McGregor (12-2, 0-0 UFC):
McGregor has competed in multiple weight-classes under the Cage Warriors Fighting Championships banner. He hasn’t lost since 2010 but Brimage seems to be coming into his own in the UFC. His experience under the bright lights will be the difference here and he will go on to beat McGregor on points. Brimage via decision.
Adlan Amagov (11-2-1, 0-0 UFC) vs. Chris Spang (5-1, 0-0 UFC):
This is going to be the battle of takedowns and the guy who can get it consistently will win the fight. Amagov was brutally defeated by Robbie Lawler but bounced back against Keith Berry. Chris Spang hasn’t face anyone of Amagov’s caliber and he will be taken down and beaten up by the Greg Jackson’s fighter. Amagov via decision.
Michael Johnson (12-7, 4-3 UFC) vs. Reza Madadi (12-3, 1-1 UFC):
I think Johnson had a bit of a brain fart in his bout with Miles Jury. He was taken down almost at will and looked frustrated that the referee would not stand the fighters up. Johnson was on a roll before that bout, winning three straight. Madadi will look to avoid the power of Johnson but ultimately that power is going to be the difference in the fight. Johnson is going to look more like he did against Danny Castillo than Jury. Johnson via TKO.