Derek Brunson vs. Brian Houston
1-0 UFC vet Derek Brunson starts the action off at UFC Fight for the Troops 3 against Brian Houston who makes his UFC debut after just 4 professional bouts. Brunson showcased his athleticism and maturity by smothering known-brawler, Chris Leben, for a dominant decision victory in his UFC debut. Look for Brunson to have an even easier time with Houston, who lacks the experience to defend against such a high caliber of takedown artist. Houston is primarily a striker who hits hard, so look for Brunson to waste no time in getting this fight to the mat, and lock up the win via submission in the second.
Derek Brunson via 2nd Rd Submission
Seth Baczynski vs. Neil Magny
These two welterweights have shown the versatility and potential to be great fighters, but they haven’t been having the easiest time getting there. Baczynski, a true finisher inside the Octagon, is an aggressive fighter who prefers to use his massive size to his advantage. While Magny has physical advantages of his own – like his 6” reach advantage – expect Seth to be able to find ways inside. He’ll have to walk through Magny’s versatility on the feet, but once he does he should be able to over-power Magny and control the bout on the feet. Magny has the fighter spirit to keep things interesting however, so don’t expect Baczynski to have his way with him. It’ll be a close decision in the end, but the takedowns and forward pressure should favor Seth.
Seth Baczynski via Split Decision
Lorenz Larkin vs. Chris Camozzi
Middleweights Lorenz Larkin and Chris Camozzi are fighting for that “dark horse” placement within the top 20-or-so ranking. Larkin was at the hands of a controversial decision loss in his UFC debut, so look for a bit of fire from Larkin as he battles the smooth and swift, Chris Camozzi, who will be looking to rebound from his submission loss to Jacare Souza. Both of these guys like to fight on the feet, but its Larkin who has a bit more pop in his shots and is definitely the more athletic of the two. Camozzi has some slick footwork that he’ll be sure to utilize, but Larkin’s kicking game will prove the difference as he mixes up strikes and takedowns to score a sound decision.
Lorenz Larkin via Unanimous Decision
Germaine de Randamie vs. Amanda Nunes
Labeled as brutal monster in the Muay-Thai game, de Randamie couldn’t quite pull the trigger in her UFC debut when she was overwhelmed by Julie Kedzie. Her next opponent, Amanda Nunes, will be looking to smother her with takedowns and ground control, but will have trouble putting up with the larger frame of her opponent. Expect this to be fight primarily fought in the clinch, which should suit Randamie just perfectly as he mixes elbows and knees to batter Nunes en-route to a third round stoppage.
Germaine de Randamie via 3rd Rd TKO
Steven Siler vs. Dennis Bermudez
An anticipated featherweight bout here between the 5-1 Steven Siler and the 4-1 Dennis Bermudez (both records in the UFC). Bermudez showcased his chin, but also his ability to dish out punishment, when he and Matt Grice went toe-to-toe. Bermudez won a close decision, followed by another close decision to Max Holloway. Dennis is a banger, but he shouldn’t be finding himself fighting that same fight here against Steven Siler. Siler is a sneaky fighter on his feet, who is not to be underestimated, but Bermudez’s chin should be able to take anything he throws at him. The ground is where he’ll need to watch out. Given that Bermudez stays in control of the stand-up with his heated exchanges, his wrestling pedigree should be able to stifle Siler’s submissions. It’ll be Siler on his back trying to work an active guard against Bermudez who should have just enough defense to stay out of trouble, but ahead on scorecards.
Dennis Bermudez via Unanimous Decision
Francisco Rivera vs. George Roop
Powerful knockout-artist, Francisco Rivera, will be matched up against the always-dangerous bantamweight veteran, George Roop. Roop will have his signature reach and height advantage going here for him, so look for long jabs, kicks, and straight punching combinations in attempt to keep the powerful slugger away from him. This fight is really dependent on whether or not Roop can stay out of range of Rivera’s big hooks. Working the body should definitely be a key tool for Rivera, but Roop has his ground game to fall back on if need be. Rivera has the hype and momentum, but Roop just has too many tools and an advantageous frame. Roop’s long striking techniques should keep him out of trouble on the feet, and his threatening submission game should also play a factor in winning a very close decision. Rivera’s power might show itself a time or two in this bout with big moments, but Roop is tough guy and should prevail.
George Roop via Split Decision
Jame Krause vs. Bobby Green
Both Krause and Green find themselves at 1-0 since joining the UFC. Krause scored an outstanding submission win over Sam Sout in his debut while Green took out the talented wrestler, Jacob Volkmann. Krause is an absolute killer on the feet, as he showed, but is also a sneaky fighter on the feet. He throws unorthodox combinations, but is extremely effective. He’ll have a hard time finding much to get through Green’s solid boxing style however, as Green has lots of power and a solid defense to go along with it. Green is also a top level grappler with some solid wrestling skills. I believe Green has too much defensively for Krause to deal with, and it’ll be Green out-striking Krause while defending his ground attempts for a decision
Bobby Green via Unanimous Decision
Yancy Medeiros vs. Yves Edwards
Yancy Medeiros hasn’t quite had his chance to shine in the Octagon, as an injury stopped his debut. However, Medeiros gets a chance to perform and showcase himself against a true veteran of the sport in Yves Edwards. Edwards has precise striking and killer submissions, but has always been over-powered by wrestlers or overwhelmed on the feet by sluggers who can push the pace. Medeiros does have some good power on the feet, but after being out for so long and not having much experience in the spotlight, experience should reign superior as Edwards’ precise striking lights up Medeiros. However, I’m going with Yves by submission as I think he drops Yancy, but finishes on the ground.
Yves Edwards via 1st Rd Submission