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Friday, 04/13/2012, 03:23 pm

UFC on FUEL TV 2: Gustaffson vs. Silva Predictions


By Jose Garcia:
As the UFC’s unofficial off season(or so it seems) winds down, we look forward to a weekend full of very interesting fights. UFC on Fuel TV 2 takes place this Saturday night April 14th from Stockholm, Sweden. After nearly a month-long absence from live events, UFC is giving us a main event featuring Sweden’s own Alexander Gustafsson up against the hard hitting Brazilian Thiago Silva. We here at BJPENN.com decided to throw out a few predictions. I’m looking forward to gaining some bragging rights against our very own, Mr. Pedro Carrasco. Let’s see who will have the upper-hand after Saturday night’s bouts.

Alexander Gustafsson (13-1-0) vs. Thiago Silva (14-2-0)

My Prediction: Gustafsson via TKO Round 2

Come on, Gustafsson is not only coming off of a five fight win streak but he also has the home crowd behind him. After a decently contested first round, Gustafsson tires out the older Silva with relentless ground and pound and finishes the fight late in the second round. Gustafsson has been untouchable since his loss to Phil Davis and I do not see him losing any ground against Thiago Silva this weekend. Not to mention he is a flat out finisher. His last four fights have been stopped in his favor due to punches or via submission. Gustafsson picks up the rather easy TKO and sets himself up for a title shot in the near future.

Pedro’s Prediction: Gustafsson via KO Round 1

I tend to agree with you on this one buddy. I have been going back and forth on this. At first I was going Silva, but the more I visualize it I just can’t seem to get Silva’s KO loss to Machida out of my head. His aggressiveness will work against him in this fight just like in that one and I think he gets caught early.

Brian Stann (11-4-0) vs. Alessio Sakara (19-8-0)

My Prediction: Brian Stann via TKO Round 1

Stann is known for welcoming stand up wars and I don’t see this going any different. Sakara will try and trade with Stann early and often. Stann will exploit Sakara’s seasoned jaw and land a heavy right hand in the middle of the very first round sending Sakara home with his ninth professional loss. Brian Stann is attempting to rebound after a rather poor performance against an overwhelming Chael Sonnen, he bounces back this weekend in spectacular fashion.

Pedro’s Prediction: Brian Stann vs. TKO Round 1

Again, I agree. Sakara has been given a very tall order against Stann. Stann is just too tough and hits too hard. Short, easy win for the American.

Paulo Thiago (14-3-0) vs. Siyar Bahadurzada (20-4-1)

My Prediction: Paulo Thiago via Decision (unanimous)

Siyar Bahadurzada makes his long awaited UFC debut against UFC veteran Paulo Thiago. Unfortunately for Bahadurzada, Thiago will spoil the welcoming party outlasting the Shooto fighting veteran and picking up the unanimous decision victory. Thiago’s well-rounded ground game will prove to be too much for Bahadurzada, as Bahadurzada attempts to pick up his first UFC victory. Thiago will pick up his second victory in just eight months with a Unanimous Decision win.

Pedro’s Prediction: Paulo Thiago via UD

It’s interesting to see what the newcomer will bring to the table, but Paulo is a tough task for anyone, especially a UFC newcomer. This has the chance to go the complete opposite direction, but it’s just hard to pick against a seasoned UFC veteran when he is facing a first timer.

Dennis Siver (19-8) vs. Diego Nunes (17-2)

My Prediction: Dennis Siver via TKO Round 2

Siver is coming off a crushing loss to Donald Cerrone and is seeking his ninth win in the UFC. The bigger Siver slows down Nunes with his relentless jabs and quick leg kicks. Siver will smell blood in the second round and finish Nunes with a flurry of punches on the ground. Sending Nunes back to Team Nogueira with his second loss in just three UFC fights.

Pedro’s Prediction: Diego Nunes via UD

I respect Siver as a fighter, I think the guy is great, but like many lightweights turned featherweights before him I think he will have a rude awakening in his debut. For one, the weight cut, and two Nunes is just no joke. Speed kills power and Nunes trains with the best in the world, a real list of killers. I don’t see him being able to stop Siver, but a decision seems like the logical choice. (Glad to have at least one pick opposite of you)

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