Oh look, a free UFC event. And this one is a doozy.
Let's look at the card. Lot's of potential barnburners, will probably feature a high percentage of finishes. Fights deemed filler will be just c[_] but still could turn out something amazing like TJ Grant vs Evan Dunham did at UFc 152.
Prelims on Facebook
Robert Peralta vs. Jason Young - c[_]
DaMarques Johnson vs. Gunnar Nelson - Nelson has been tearing people's limbs apart into a 9-0-1 record. DaMarques is coming on short notice and clearly violating a 60 days no-contact order since getting KTFO by Mike Swick at the last UFC on FOX card. And that's why this card is in England. Pesky things those athletic comissions. I hope Johnson just gives up an arm if things get heavy.
Brad Tavares vs. Tom Watson - Tom Watson finally makes the jump from BAMMA to the UFC and is placed in the middle of the Facebook card? Why? I don't really know, but Brad is being offered here as a sacrificial lamb for the hometown crowd. Still, he's a hard hitter and if he connects cleanly, it could make Kong's debut a very sad one. Beating a washed up Murilo Rua doesn't automatically make you a UFC caliber fighter.
Akira Corassani vs. Andy Ogle - Oh, look, TUF washouts. c[_]. Akira probably, by KO.
Kyle Kingsbury vs. Jimi Manuwa - Manuwa is 11-0 but I've never seen him fight. Kingsbury is on the verge of getting cut so he'll be doing whatever he can to escape that fate. He has the experience edge, let's just call it a litmus test for Manuwa. If he loses, he has another fight and gets cut by the UFC in short time.
Main Card on FUEL
Duane Ludwig vs. Che Mills - Che Mills last fight was hilarious, seeing how the UFC pushed the narrative that he would be a challenge for Rory Mcdonald. He was smashed into pieces and survived only because Ares decided to be merciful. Now, he gets to fight someone more his speed, Ludwig, a guy who bears the cross of being KTFO by a 0-4 Dan Hardy. Both guys always come to bang so... fun fight, I hope.
John Hathaway vs. John Maguire - Hathaway is one of the top WW prospects but he just can't seem to get himself out there like Rory did. He just keeps getting injured. He has wins over Rick Story and Diego Sanchez, so he's no slouch. Maguire is a caracther but his gameplan is clear: to use his superior grappling to get the nod. Hathaway just has to keep it standing and away from the fence and he's golden and hopefully onto better things than a FUEL card.
Paul Sass vs. Matt Wiman - Sass is basically what Shinya Aoki would look like if white, pastier, and Brittish. Let's see if Wiman's smart enough to keep it standing and put Sass' cardio to the test (almost all his wins are in the first round by crippling submission. And he's also dangerous from his back, so double threat).
Yves Jabouin vs. Brad Pickett - Pickett, because he's awesome. He's got the striking and grappling. Jabouin could try to keep him at range and kick the living daylights out of him but I think One Punch will have him figured out. Also, he holds a win over Mighty Mouse.
Dan Hardy vs. Amir Sadollah - It's a make it or break it moment for both of these guys. Sadollah has been surviving on the goodwill of the UFC brass but he's 6-3 and not fitting into any role other than name value from TUF. Hardy has pictures of one of the Fertitas having sex with an octopus, so he's in the clear even if he loses again. Still, it would be nice to see him prop himself back up again, slowly but surely because, like the main eventers, he either wins surprisingly or gets devasted.
Stipe Miocic vs. Stefan Struve - Struve, like I said above either KO's the other guy after taking a massive beating, submits the other guy because he's one of the few HW with ground game, or gets KTFO into oblivion. Miocic is the second coming of Cro Cop but with wrestling ability. This fight has all the right ingredients and I'm pretty sure it won't last past the 2nd round. And if it those, there will be pints of blood all around the ring.