Written by:Â Lance Findley
Darren Elkins (11-1) Â vs Â Charles Oliveira (12-0)
Oliveira has multiple wins in one-day tournaments against some experienced and game opponents, top that with only one of his 12 wins going to the judges and weâ€™re sure to see a top performer in this fight.Â Not to take away from Elkins, but most of his opponents have had bad records.Â Anything can happen, right?
Oliveira to win by submission.
Rob Kimmons (22-5) Â vs Â Steve Steinbeiss (4-3)
Both fighters are coming off about a yearâ€™s break.Â Steinbeiss is looking to avenge his two losses in the Zuffa organization, but Rob Kimmons may have something to say about that.Â He has a load of fights and it honestly looks like they are throwing him a toy to better his record.
Kimmons to win by submission.
Brian Stann (8-3) Â vs Â Mike Massenzio (11-3)
Stann and Massenzio are both solid fighters with decent records against tough opponents.Â Both are going to bring it.Â After being absent from the Octagon for a year and a half, can Massenzio wrap up and tap this decorated Marine before getting TKOâ€™d?Â Letâ€™s see if he learned anything from the Dolloway fight.
Stann to win by TKO(punches).
Thiago Tavares (14-3-1) Â vs Â Willamy Freire (17-3)
In this Brazilian vs. Brazilian, UFC veteran vs. UFC debut, Freire is trying for his third win of the year.Â Tavares, an excellent competitor and a long time UFC veteran, could trample the newcomer, earning him another win after a disappointing draw.
Tavares to win by submission.
James Irvin (14-6) Â vs Â Igor Pokrajac (21-7)
Both fighters are coming off of double losses.Â They both have a wealth of experience to pull from so we could get to see two guys fighting hard to keep their jobs!Â Irvin took almost a 2 year break before his latest loss, maybe rust is setting in?
Pokrajac to win by TKO(punches).
Paul Kelly (10-2) Â vs Â Jacob Volkmann (10-2)
With even records of 10-2, it seems this could be a good fight.Â Jacob Volkmann has had much tougher opponents than Paul, who has shown promise amongst veterans of the sport in the UK.
Volkman to win by submission.
DaMarques Johnson (11-7) Â vs Â Matt Riddle (4-1)
Damarques likes to finish his fights but he does have some chinks in his armor. Â If Riddle canâ€™t last the whole fight this time, his inexperience could prove fatal.
Damarques to win by submission, maybe another triangle.
Takanori Gomi (31-6) Â vs Â Tyson Griffin (14-3)
Gomi is coming off a tough loss to Kenny Florian in his UFC debut and will have his hands full with Griffin.Â Tyson is coming off a tough decision loss to teammate Evan Dunham less than a month ago.Â Letâ€™s see if â€œThe Fireball Kidâ€ can rekindle what some say is now just smoke, and pull out a win over Griffin.
Gomi to win by decision.
Jake Ellenberger (22-5) Â vs Â John Howard (14-4)
This one promises to be a brawl!Â Both men have plenty of experience.Â Ellenberger has a solid foundation in wrestling and some heavy hands, but he needs to look out for Howardâ€™s speedy sledgehammers coming from all angles.Â This could go either way.
Howard wins by KO.
Yushin Okami (24-5)Â vsÂ Mark Munoz (8-1)
This should be a good fight, both are excellent grapplers but I think Mark Munozâ€™s hands will win this for him.Â Okami has technically beaten some of the best in the business, has a ton of experience, and can pull out a win at anytime.Â Munoz looks hungry; this one comes down to who wants it more.
Munoz to win by TKO(punches)
Jon â€œBonesâ€ Jones (10-1) vsÂ Vladimir â€œThe Janitorâ€ Matyushenko (24-4)
With a solid and active wrestling game mixed with a reach that allows him the luxury of being a little bit wild, Jon â€œBonesâ€ Jones has become one of the UFCâ€™s more exciting fighters.Â â€œThe Janitorâ€, however, has a wealth of experience against some of the toughest fighters in the business.Â The judges seem to love Vladimir and he has shown an incredible ability to avoid the takedown and to control the ground.Â If Jones can beat through Matyushenkoâ€™s iron chin, he has a strong chance.Â It will be interesting to see how Matyushenko can get around Jonesâ€™ reach and avoid his insane take-downs.Â There is no doubt Jones could be meeting his stiffest competition yet, and may not have to lose this one on his own.
Matyushenko will win by decision if he can establish control early and nullify Jonesâ€™ reach.