1. Matt Brown vs. Erik Silva - PREDICTION: BROWN will defeat Silva via TKO (Round 2) ACTUAL: BROWN defeated Silva via TKO in Round 3.
Matt Brown is truly the "Immortal." After getting dropped early with a body kick in the first round, he defends choke attempts by Silva to return to his feet and fire back with a barrage of strikes in what could possibly be one of the best rounds I've witnessed in the past year of MMA. After pushing the pace through the second round (and surviving another tough body shot), he comes back in the third and demolishes a withered Silva to earn yet another TKO/KO victory in his seventh straight win.
Expect a title shot next for Matt Brown.
2. Lorenz Larkin vs. Costas Philippou - PREDICTION: PHILIPPOU will defeat Larkin via unanimous decison (29-28). ACTUAL: PHILIPPOU defeated Larkin via KO in the first round.
3. Erik Koch vs. Daron Cruickshank - PREDICTION: CRUICKSHANK will defeat Koch via TKO (referee stoppage) in Round 2. ACTUAL: CRUICKSHANK defeated Koch via TKO in Round 1.
4. Soa Palelei vs. Ruan Potts - PREDICTION: PALELEI will win via sloppy, gassed-out, fat-man decision. ACTUAL: PALELEI won via KO in Round 1.
5. Eddie Wineland vs. Johnny Eduardo - PREDICTION: WINELAND will defeat Johnny Eduardo. ACTUAL: EDUARDO defeated Wineland by KO in Round 1.
6. Nik Lentz vs. Manny Gamburyan - PREDICTION: LENTZ will defeat Gamburyan. ACTUAL: LENTZ defeats Gamburyan by unanimous decision.
Overall, I went 5 for 6 in my predictions (83% success rate).
Again, a free UFC event outperforms a UFC PPV event. It seems like nearly every Fight Night that premiers before a "high profile" PPV event ends up scoring the more knockouts, finishes, and exciting encounters between the two. I was very pleased with the fact that nearly every underdog on the card (according to the betting odds) was the victor, and the main event put a cap on just what it means for fighters to truly fight for their money. Matt Brown's devotion to fighting and putting on exciting fights garnered him an additional $100,000 in bonus money. For any fighter complaining about pay, try fighting with as much heart as Brown, and perhaps you will earn the money you think you deserve. Just a thought.