So it's finally April and UFC events are back after quite a long break. The month starts with a free event and ends with possibly one of (if not) the biggest PPV of the year. Let's talk about the card. It was originally to be Gustafsson vs Lil' Nog and the winner would probably get the next LHW title shot. Now Gustafsson gets to fight a returning-from-steroid-bust Silva but the title shot implication probably still stands if Gustafsson wins.
Eric Wisely vs Jason Young - Wisely had a tough UFC debut, getting submitted with a REVERSE CALF SLICER!!! by Charles Oliveira. Seeing how it was also his FW debut, the UFC is probably cutting him a little slack and giving him an accessible fight. Young hasn't picked up a single win in the UFC and recently lost to Michihiro Omigawa by decision. Likely outcome of this fight is that he picks up a 0-3 record in the UFC and gets sent home while Wisely lives to fight another way. Should Young win (anything is possible at this skill level), it will depend on how dominant the win is: if the answer is "very" then Wisely goes back to the minor leagues.
Simeon Thoresen vs Besam Yousef - A nordic battle between two local guys. Yousef has a 6-0 record but hasn't fought since May 2011. Ring rust will certainly be a factor, favoring Thoresen who is also the more experienced fighter.
Yoislandy Izquierdo vs Reza Madadi - Izquierdo hails from Cuba and also brings in a perfect 6-0 record. Despite that, Madadi is much more experienced and holds wins over opponents without predominantly losing records. Advantage Madadi.
Francis Carmont vs Magnus Cedenblad - Carmont trains out of the Tristar Gym (GSP's home camp) but since he is French, he will probably forfeit the fight as soon as he gets in the ring.
Cyrille Diabate vs Jorgen Kruth - This one is certainly going to end up being a kickboxing match. Diabaté doesn't have that much of a ground game, getting submitted by Perosh in his last outing after failing to keep him at bay despite being 1,98m with enormous reach. Kruth has been crushing cans into a 5-0 record but Diabaté has a very large edge in experience, skill and reach. Like most of the guys on this card, he's here because he's swedish but this isn't a fight he can handsomely win.
Papy Abedi vs James Head - Abedi bit off more than he could chew by having his UFC debut against Thiago Silva at WW. He got clowned, badly, being the first person to ever be submitted by Alves. Here he returns to his natural division of MW to fight a much more accessible opponent. Not trying to knock James Head but he's pretty much serving as a warm body for a Swedish fighter to beat on. It would be great if he could an upset.
Damacio Page vs Brad Pickett - Pickett, despite his devastating loss to future BW champion Renan Barão, is still a Top 10 BW and will try to get back on the winning column against Page. Seeing how he already holds a win over Mighty Mouse, is pretty skilled with submissions and that seems to be Page's kryptonite, I think this will be a fun affair.
DaMarques Johnson vs John Maguire - Battle of the low-tier WW here. Johnson is one of those guys that gets a win whenever his losing streak is getting too cumbersume for employment with the UFC. Maguire is just one of those B-league champions trying to make it somewhere in the UFC. His debut with Justin Edwards was still pretty fun, especially since Edwards could have easily won had he not been a dumbass and decided to grapple with this guy.
Diego Nunes vs Dennis Siver - After getting raped by Cerrone, Siver decided to drop to FW. Why only after 1 loss? I don't know. Seeing how he's pretty much short and stocky, this cut will probably cust him a lot of muscle. Nunes, on the other hand, is pretty much at home fighting at FW. He got robbed against Kenny Florian due to his lack of wrestling but he doesn't have to worry about that with Siver. Should be an interesting fight.
Siyar Bahadurzada vs Paulo Thiago - Siyar is one of those mysterious guys from the far East that cruises around European promotions demolishing people. He was supposed to face Erick Silva in Brazil but got injured. Now he gets to fight very underrated WW Paulo Thiago. It will be a good test of wether Siyar really is ready for the UFC and for the shark tank that is the WW division.
Alessio Sakara vs Brian Stann - Stann goes from possible contender to fighting injury king Sakara, who hasn't fought in almost a year after losing to Chris Weidman. If Stann picked up some wrestling after his loss to Chael, he can safely get a win without having to bang Sakara out. Altough if he wants to, he has the power to KO him or at least pound him into a fine bloody pulp.
Alexander Gustafsson vs Thiago Silva - Gustafsson is on a tear but really isn't on the same level as Bones. After all, he has a loss to Phil Davis and since then he hasn't faced any wrestlers (Matt Hamill is retarded and doesn't count). He won't have to worry about wrestling against Silva but it would sure help him in order to control the fight because Silva hits like a freight train and has a chin made of adamantium. He was KO'ed by Machida but that was BEAST Machida, not Bitch Machida that got choked while standing and couldn't beat Fat Rampage. If these two decide to duke it out, FOTN and certainly KOTN.