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UFC Fight Night 32 Prelims: The Predictions

UFC Fight Night 32 Prelims: The Predictions

Jose Maria Tome vs. Dustin Ortiz

UFC Fight Night 32 starts things off in the flyweight division between Brazil’s own, Jose Tome, and the Roufusport prodigy, Dustin Ortiz. As far as experience goes, Tome has a dramatic advantage in terms of total number of professional bouts fought, but Ortiz has fought in some big-time events such as Strikeforce, King of the Cage, and Tachi Palace. Physically, both of these guys are identical so it’s going to come down to their skills. Tome is a striker who looks for the finish, and often times gets it. Ortiz on the other hand is a bit more well-rounded, and is contempt to grapple out decisions. Expect Ortiz to have a solid showing in his debut, but Tome’s power on the feet will be a little too much for the UFC newcomer. Look for Tome to land the better of the shots on the feet, and do enough to win the decision.

Jose Maria Tome via Unanimous Decision 

Daron Cruickshank vs. Adriano Martins

The UFC gets treated with another UFC newcomer as Adriano Martins, a renowned striker from Brazil, takes on the dangerous, Daron Cruickshank. This should be an explosive fight between two guys who could potentially carry out an extremely exciting striking match-up. However, Daron Cruickshank is not as limited. While Martins has never been submitted in 30 bouts, Cruickshank has the takedown skills necessary to take control of this fight in an instant. These two guys should be fairly evenly matched on the feet, but Cruickshank’s takedowns will steal rounds en-route to a decision.

Daron Cruickshank via Unanimous Decision 

Thiago Tavares vs. Justin Salas

Brazil’s Thiago Tavares is looking to bounce back from a KO loss to the hands of Khabib Nurmagomedov with a win against Justin Salas. Salas is recently coming off of the biggest win of his career when he edged Aaron Riley earlier this year. Tavares is no doubt the better fighter on the ground, but the biggest question is whether or not he can get it there. We’ve see Tavares get knocked out before when facing guys with heavy hands, but Justin Salas hasn’t made that image of himself yet. Salas is pretty well-rounded, so if he can’t land something crazy on the feet, expect Tavares to ground him. Once Tavares has the fight where he wants it, it’ll be a matter of time before he pulls off the submission. Expect some decent resistance from Salas, but nothing will wade off the inevitable.

Thiago Tavares via 2nd Rd Submission 

Thiago Perpetuo vs. Omari Akhmedov

This next bout is an exciting one in the UFC’s middleweight division between an up-and-coming Brazilian coming from TUF: Brazil, and a prospect out of Russia making his UFC debut. Both of these guys have some serious knock-out power on the feet, so look for this one to be explosive. Akhmedov is a proven finisher with only 9 of his 11 wins going the distance, and is currently undefeated. He has a tough debut in front of him however as Thiago Perpetuo hasn’t lost a professional bout since 2009, and already has one win under his belt in the UFC. These guys should be evenly matched on the feet, but surprisingly enough, the Brazilian will be at a disadvantage on the ground. Omari has many more wins by submission and should be able to use his Sambo background to ground Perpetuo if the stand-up doesn’t go his way. Thiago Perpetuo is a fighter though, and is always in the fight until the very last bell. Expect an explosive contest here, but I’m expecting the hometown favorite to pull through with a very close, but controversial decision.

Thiago Perpetuo via Split Decision 

Godofredo Pepey vs. Sam Sicilia

Two TUF veterans will meet here in this featherweight contest. Pepey is a dangerous submission artist who has a very long reach which aids him in playing it safe on the feet. The trouble with that is the longer away from his opponent he is, the more distance he has to cover to complete takedowns and tie-ups. Sam Sicilia has a truckload of power in his punches, and as long as he pulls the trigger and isn’t hesitant, he should be able to explode on Pepey coming in and put a vicious stop to this fight in the first round. That is, if Sicilia can pull the trigger. If Sam is gun-shy, Godofredo can pick him apart from a distance and time well executed takedowns and take control of this fight in a hurry.

Sam Sicilia via 1st Rd TKO

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