Gegard Mousasi v. Ryan Bader
Well, we saw what we all expected to see. Gegard Mousasi dominated Ilir Latifi with the jab. He looked lackadaisical and bored but that’s the way he always looks. He commented that he was injured during the fight as well which could have played into his slow performance. Overall though, he dominated a much weaker opponent throughout the entire match. Honestly, the match I want to see is the originally scheduled match but due to injuries that won’t happen. Mousasi didn’t sustain any damage but it was reported by MMAFighting that Mousasi will undergo knee surgery for a previous injury. Meanwhile, I’m sure Gustafsson will be given a fight quickly because his cut was not all that bad. Ryan Bader is aiming for a summer return from his own knee injury. Put the two together and see if Mousasi can defend the takedowns of Bader; if Mousasi can’t stay on his feet against Bader, he has no business fighting Jon Jones.
Ross Pearson v. Bobby Green
Ross Pearson also suffered an injury pre-fight. According to MMAJunkie, Pearson injured his food before the bout. That didn’t stop him from beating down Ryan Couture, however. He now has two straight wins at lightweight so it’s time to give him a top-25 guy and see how he fares. Bobby Green just submitted Jacob Volkmann at UFC 156 and is also looking for a step up in competition. Green would provide a stiff test to Pearson’s grappling and it would be interesting to see if he would be able to stay on his feet.
Matt Mitrione v. Brendan Schaub
“Meathead” made quick work of Philip De Fries. Brendan Schaub recently got back to his winning ways against Lavar Johnson at UFC 157. The two strikers should make for a violence-filled heavyweight matchup. Both guys hit hard and I doubt the fight would go to a decision. Also, the two never fought on The Ultimate Fighter so it will be a reunion of sorts.
Brad Pickett v. Urijah Faber/Scott Jorgensen
The Bantamweight division still hasn’t exactly filled out yet so Pickett is able to move quickly up the ladder with two straight wins. He looked technically sound against Mike Easton and he deserves to get a step closer to a title shot. Urijah Faber and Scott Jorgensen are going at it next week on the finale of the Ultimate Fighter so the winner will be a nice step up for Brad Pickett.
Diego Brandao v. Conor McGregor
Both of these guys looked like beasts on Saturday. Let’s put them in a cage together and see whether or not Brandao’s grappling or McGregor’s striking will come out victorious. Brandao has had issues with cardio but with two wins over decent competition, he may be slowly establishing himself in the featherweight division. He has the skills to be dangerous, but McGregor looks downright scary at this point.
Akira Corassani v. Max Holloway/Dennis Bermudez
Corassani definitely got a big win for his career but he is still at the bottom of the featherweight division. The winner of the bout between Holloway and Bermudez at UFC 160 would be a good way to get him another fight. Max Holloway just got a win over Leonard Garcia and he is still young in his career. Rushing him at this point would be a mistake so a guy like Corassani will provide a small step up in competition. Corassani brings experience and toughness but will have a hard time sticking around long term in the UFC’s deep featherweight division.