Let’s take a closer look at how things will unfold on the UFC 175: Weidman vs Machida preliminary card on Fox Sports 1 leading up to the main card on pay-per-view (PPV).
Urijah Faber vs Alex Caceres
Assuming the Cali Kid can pick up where he left off before getting blasted by Renan Barao at UFC 169 — putting together four wins in one year — he shouldn’t have much trouble finding success against a threat like Caceres. His southpaw stance makes it difficult for opponents to figure him out but he doesn’t really throw a lot of volume in the early rounds, which is when Faber has been seen doing his best work. Caceres can try to last long enough to bring this to the later rounds so he can pull of some spectacular submission, but at the same time that can get him into trouble early if Faber decides to unleash a furious pace from bell-to-bell.
Prediction- Faber by Submission
Kenny Robertson vs Yuri Alcantara
Both of these guys have shown some brilliance on the ground, however, they have also had their fare share of dud performances in the Octagon. They have also shown the ability to absorb damage and keep going without slowing down, making this one of the more evenly matched bouts you’re going to see on Saturday’s card. But I think Robertson will be half the fighter who steps into the cage as soon as he doesn’t lock up the early sub on Alcantara, who most likely will hold advantages in every other area — cardio, striking, speed, and strength. The Brazilian is also one of the biggest welterweights in the UFC, and has had a more active schedule under the Zuffa banner ever since signing as a light- heavyweight just last year. I’m going with Alcantara for the reasons written above.
Prediction- Alcantara by Decision
Chris Camozzi vs Bruno Santos
After showing improvements following his run on TUF, Camozzi put together a nice four-fight win streak before stepping up in competition to take on Jacare Souza on short notice. He would fall short and cough up a first-round arm-triangle submission, but a fighter with the balls to want to walk right into a buzz saw without being scared isn’t something to frown upon. I’m looking for Camozzi to use his long distance striking and kicking arsenal to rack up a rather easy unanimous decision win over the less dangerous Santos.
Prediction- Camozzi by Decision
George Roop vs Rob Font
Roop often finds himself the underdog in these mystery matchups where it’s hard to get a bead on just how well his opponent will perform under the bright lights, but I think he’s rightfully favored by the oddsmakers in this matchup with Font. His striking from long range can give anyone problems at 135, and he also has some good top control and gnp for how lean he is. I think if font finds any success here it will be in popping Roop with power punches during exchanges but I highly doubt some hail mary haymakers will land him a KO if Roop uses his physical tools to his advantage.
Prediction- Roop by Decision
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