Is it too early? Some interesting fights on this one, though we’ll have to wait for 126 for the uber-card.
Frankie Edgar vs Gray Maynard
Chris Leben vs Brian Stann
Vera vs Thiago Silva
Nate Diaz vs Dong Hyun Kim
Clay Guida vs Takanori Gomi
Marcus Davis vs Jeremy Stephens
Josh Grispi vs Dustin Poirier
Phil Baroni vs Brad Tavares
Mike Thomas Brown vs Diego Nunes
Daniel Roberts vs Greg Soto
Jacob Volkmann vs Antonio McKee
I think Edgar could take this regardless of the first fight. Gray ran through Florian, but it looked more like Florian not getting off enough for fear of the takedown (which came anyway). I think everyone will at least be pulling for Edgar.
Vera over Thiago. I think it could easily be the other way round. Thiago doesn’t pressure against the cage, or hunt excessively for takedowns, so the question becomes whether or not Vera’s MT holds up against a decent striker. Well we know who’s cardio is more proven at least.
I see Thiago wading into shots, and Vera backpedalling while landing cleanly often. On the flipside, Thiago could easily put Vera on his back at some point and land some serious damage. Interesting fight.
Stun Gun over Diaz. Diaz brothers have always had a weak point in their wrestling. Nate has demonstrated clinch throws in the past, but Kim is more than likely better in that position. He’s also bigger, and should be able to outmuscle Nate in the clinch and land more shots. On the ground, Diaz is dangerous, but he will still likely be on the bottom. I’m not saying Kim can pass his guard, but he’s no sloach. Striking, pitter patter wins.
Gomi over Guida. I have no idea how this one plays out. Just rooting for the fireball kid.