Johnny “Hollywood” Case (22-5) will be looking to bounce back after his thrilling third round submission loss to Jake Matthews with win over Tony Martin (11-3). Case brings a well rounded MMA game to the octagon with his best moments coming as he mixes things up. Though he isn’t the best physical specimen to have ever fought in the UFC. Martin on the other hand is one of the biggest lightweights on the UFC roster who is now doing his weight cuts with the same team as Joanna Champion. This will hopefully keep Martin’s gassing issues from popping up. This should be a fun match-up with a real feeling each guy is actually working on the issues that have plagued their careers till this point.
- Case via TKO
Erik Koch (15-4) has lacked consistency with his career while his opponent on Sunday Clay “The Carpenter” Guida (31-17) has lacked consistency in his career. Koch has only fought three times in the last 3 years, two of those in 2014, but showed serious promise when he first stepped onto the scene. With years lost to injury it will be interesting if he can get his club and sub game going again. Guida is making a smart move coming back up to 155 pounds but this won’t fix the fact that he cannot take punishment the way he used to.
- Koch via Submission
Felice Herrig (12-6) is in the beginnings of a actual title run while Justine Kish (6-0) is still looking for a name to help make her mark in the UFC. I heard this fight discussed as “a underrated fighter versus a overrated one” and I can’t help but agree. Herrig has been putting in serious work both on her tools and mind. I think that pays off yet again though that may make for a tepid fight. Kish should look to make this a brawl on the feet and avoid the same type of exchanges on the ground.
- Herrig via Submission
Despite blowing weight Johny “Bigg Rigg” Hendricks (18-6) will be the superior fighter when he steps into the octagon against Tim “The Barbarian” Boetsch (20-11). Boetsch is a bruiser who looks to get in close and land big bombs which has lead to his many comeback wins. Now I know he is a shell of his former self but look at the range Johny fought Robbie Lawler and then tell me he can’t take out Boetsch. I hope to see a relaxed/smooth Johny because all weight jokes aside this guy has serious skills.
- Hendricks via KO
Kevin “The Motown Phenom” Lee (15-2) will get a real chance to throw down with Michael “Maverick” Chiesa (14-2) and I am sure it will bring more fireworks than their press conference scuffle. Chiesa has one of the best rear naked chokes in MMA with some calling it “The Million Dollar Dream” though it’s his toughness and commitment to the move that are to be admired. Chiesa is a tall slow southpaw and I think Lee’s speed will play a big factor on the feet because of this. Lee is one of my boys so take me with a grain of salt but I see him hurting Chiesa on the feet and getting a RNC of his own.
- Lee via Submission