It has been 6 weeks since we last had an UFC event. While the UFC has had live fights, via The Ultimate Fighter, they haven’t had an event on a Saturday in 6 weeks. The fights on Saturday April 14th are on Fuel tv and air live at 3 P.M. ET Since this fight takes place in Stockholm, Sweden it won’t air at the usual 10 P.M. ET.
Alexander Gustafsson vs Thiago Silva
Gustafsson will be fighting in his home country and Silva will be making his return after being suspended for a year, his last fight was January 1st, 2011, for not passing a drug test done at UFC 125. His urine was inconsitent with human urine. Silva will have a lot to prove and as it has been proven ring rust is a real thing. Gustafsson is looking to move up the rankings in the 205 weight class. I think Gustafsson will try to get Silva to the ground and control the fight from there. Silva is a good striker and will try his best to keep this fight standing. Both men are aggressive so I don’t see this fight being a boring fight. Gustafsson has good standup as he has shown in his last two fights both of which he won via KO/TKO. I’m going to pick Gustafsson via decision, in what will be a very exciting fight. I also predict Gustafsson will fight Machida next if he wins it.
Brian Stann vs Alessio Sakara
This is a chance for both men to get a win after losing their last fight. Brian Stann will look to keep this fight standing and using his striking to get the win. His takedown defense and ground game was exposed in his last fight, he lost to Chael Sonnen via submission. Alessio is also a good striker in his own right. He has better takedowns and should look to take down Brian Stann to win this fight. I think Stann will keep this fight standing by utilizing the clinch. I think Stann will win via KO/TKO.
Paulo Thiago vs Siyar Bahadurzada
Paulo Thiago will welcome UFC newcomer Siyar Bahadurzada in what will be an interesting matchup. Thiago will no doubt be looking to take Bahadurzada to the ground and submit him. Bahadurzada has good power and very fast hands. Bahadurzada will be looking to knockout Thiago, but he will find that it will be hard due to Thiago’s great chin. I’m going to go with the underdog and pick Siyar Bahadurzada to win via referee’s stoppage.
Dennis Siver vs Diego Nunes
Dennis Siver is a much better striker than a wrestler, he is good at defending takedowns, but seems uncomfortable when he is on his back. Diego Nunes is well-rounded and will definetly look to take this ground to the game and go for a submission. Nunes is comfortable standing up as well though. I think Dennis Siver will overwhelm Diego Nunes with his standing stikes which will let him control where the fight happens in the cage. I’m going with the underdog and picking Dennis Siver