by Ricardo Mendoza – MMAWeekly.com
The original Ultimate Fighter winner Diego Sanchez faces off
with Midwest wrestling standout Clay Guida. Both fighters have been racking up wins
and a victory here could possibly give the winner a shot at the UFC lightweight
title. These two always push the pace, so don’t be surprised that this turns
out to be the fight of the night.
Sanchez will be the much bigger fighter in the fight and
that will be a big factor as Guida’s game is to bully around his opponent with
his wrestling ability. Guida’s best chance to win the fight is take Sanchez
down and land vicious shots from top as Sanchez’s weakest part of his game is
fighting off his back. On the other hand, Sanchez can win the fight on the feet
by bullying Guida with combinations or taking the fight to the ground, where he
can lock on a submission or rain down some punishment.
vs. James Wilks
H.I.T. Squad welterweight DaMarques Johnson faces off with
California based British fighter James Wilks in The Ultimate Fighter
welterweight final. Johnson earned his spot in the final by winning a unanimous
decision over Nick Osipczak. Wilks got into the final by finishing Frank Lester
with strikes in the third round of their semifinal bout.
Johnson looks to be on a roll and that momentum will be a
factor into the fight, while Wilks will be looking to pull off the upset. In
almost every aspect of the fight, Johnson is the better fighter and it will
show. Wilks’ best chance to win the fight will be to catch Johnson making a
mistake either on the feet or on the ground. If that doesn’t happen then expect
Johnson to pick apart Wilks en route to a commanding victory.
Ross Pearson vs.
In a battle of British lightweights, Sunderland native Ross
Pearson takes on Team Roughhouse fighter Andre Winner in the lightweight final.
Pearson earned his spot into the final by winning a unanimous decision over
Jason Dent. Winner submitted Cameron Dollar with a triangle choke to make it.
These two were teammates, but now they will have to do
battle in order to win the show. At this point in their careers, Winner is just
simply the better fighter of the two.
He is better on the feet and on the ground. Pearson’s best chance to win
the fight is to land a big shot on the feet and hope that it’s enough to finish
Winner. If that doesn’t happen, expect Winner to finish the fight either on the
feet or on the ground with relative ease.
Chris Lytle vs. Kevin
Crowd pleasing welterweight Chris Lytle takes on Midwest
submission fighter Kevin Burns. Both fighters are coming off a loss and need a
win to keep up in the crowded welterweight division. They both like to bang on the
feet, so expect some fireworks as these two slug it out.
Lytle is the better striker of two with his immense boxing
experience, but Burns has shown his willingness to trade blows. He might be a
little gun shy though after getting knocked out in his last fight. Burns’ best
chance will be to take the fight to the ground and work from the top. He will
need to be careful because if he makes one mistake then Lytle will pounce on
him with a submission. It’s an evenly matched fight, but the deciding factor
could be Lytle’s immense experience over Burns.
Nate Diaz vs. Joe
Ultimate Fighter 5 winner Nate Diaz faces off with Ultimate
Fighter 2 winner Joe Stevenson. Both fighters are coming off losses and for
Stevenson this is a do or die situation for him to stay in the UFC. These two
will be fighting with urgency; so don’t expect them to play it safe.
Both are primarily ground fighters, but have very different
styles. Diaz is a technical submission fighter, while Stevenson is a wrestling
based fighter with a killer guillotine choke. If it goes to the ground,
Stevenson will need to be in Diaz’s face and not give him any space to work
submissions. On the feet, Diaz has the edge with his technical boxing and
significant reach advantage. The key in the fight will be whether or not Stevenson
can stay in tight quarters and be in Diaz’s face, if not then expect Diaz to
finish the fight.