Swedish prospect Magnus “Jycken” Cedenblad (10-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) is booked for his second fight inside the Octagon after losing his UFC debut in his home country of Sweden to Francis Carmont. His opponent at UFC 164 in Milwaukee is UFC veteran Jared Hamman (13-5 MMA, 2-4 UFC), who ironically lost his UFC debut to Swedish star Alexander Gustafsson back in 2009. While “Jycken” is looking to rebuild the momentum he had coming into the UFC, Hamman is looking to avoid the chopping block as he’s lost two straight – a third would most certainly be the end of the road. Both fighters are coming off of over a year-long layoff due to injuries, Hamman a knee injury and Cedenblad an eye injury.
Hamman has had a rough UFC career after being knocked out in his debut by Gustafsson in the first round. He was able to rebound with a win over Rodney Wallace but won only one out of his next four following. On top of that, Hamman has been rather inactive since his debut taking part in only six fights in his almost four-year stay in the UFC. After losing to Kyle Kingsbury in 2010, Hamman made the drop down to middleweight where he TKO’d CB Dollaway before giving up two straight knockout losses to Costa Philippou and Michael Kuiper. It should be clear to everyone, including Hamman, that he is in desperate need of a win to stay on the roster. Fortunately, that often brings out the best in a fighter.
And he might just need his best against Cedenblad, who entered the UFC riding a seven fight win streak with six stoppages. His debut against Carmont was by no means one-sided, most judges scoring the first round for the Swede. In the second, Carmont was able to exploit his take down defense where he landed some hard ground and pound and Cedenblad wasn’t able to recover, eventually giving up a rear naked choke. Despite having a very active ground game, even maintaining full mount and back control multiple times in his fight against Carmony, his stand up is still his strongest area having finished 60% of his wins by knock out. Cedenblad is very heavy handed and if he gets on top of you, you’re going to want to get up quick as his opponents rarely get out of the round after he obtains top position.
Hamman suffered a leg injury early in the fight in his loss to dutch prospect Michael Kuiper which had him on the receiving end of a beat down. While Hamman was not able to string any offense together, one thing was proven in that fight – Hamman has heart. Going into a fight with a guy like Cedenblad, who loves a technical slug fest, heart is one of the best characteristics to have and while the career of Hamman may be on the line in this fight Hamman has expressed nothing but excitement for the fight as he loves facing guys that come to scrap, something he has gone on record crediting Cedenblad for.
Prediction: Magnus Cedenblad def. Jared Hamman via first round TKO
The heart of Hamman is going to be brought into this fight, unfortunately his chin is not going to be able to keep up with his will to fight. Of Hamman’s five losses, four have been by way of knock out and that is going to be the x-factor in his fight against a dangerous striker in Cedenblad. While Hamman is fighting to keep his job, Cedenblad is fighting to make a name for himself and to represent his country of Sweden. He will come into this fight a lot more confident and that will be evident in his strikes. Hamman will not be able to find his range early and the aggression of Cedenblad will prevent him from really finding his groove in the fight, resulting in a first round TKO.