I’m trying to stay on my habit of predicting all UFC events.  You’ll have to excuse any perceived lack of knowledge on my part.

Preliminary Card

* Lightweight bout:
Brazil – Rafaello Oliveira vs. United States – John Gunderson
Oliveira has a record of 9-2, with only one fight in UFC – a loss by decision.  Oliveira’s only other loss was by doctor’s stoppage.
Gunderson has over 20 fights under his belt, having won about three quarters of them.
Oliveira is Brazilian, but not too many of his wins have been by submission, but he must have some Jiu-Jitsu skills.  Gunderson has undeniable jiu-jitsu skills, and it’s probably going to come down to how Gunderson’s experience plays in.  My prediction is based on Oliveira shaking the UFC-debut jitters he might’ve had in his previous fight and picking up the win.
Prediction: Rafaello Oliveira

* Welterweight bout:
United States – Mike Pyle vs. United States – Jake Ellenberger
This is a fight between two guys with a lot of experience – Pyle (19-6) and Ellenberger (21-5).
Pyle has a history of finishing things off by submission, and Ellenberger gets things done by knockout and decision.  Tough decision, but I’d love to watch it.
Prediction: Mike Pyle

* Middleweight bout:
United States – Mark Munoz vs. United States – Ryan Jensen
Jensen is 14-5 in professional fights, but has lost 3 of his 4 UFC fights.
Mark Munoz is 6-1, with a 1-1 record in UFC.
I’m going to predict that Jensen’s lack of success in UFC continues.
Prediction: Mark Munoz

Spike TV Card

* Welterweight bout:
Denmark – Martin Kampmann vs. United States – Jacob Volkmann
Kampmann is 15-3, all of his fights since mid-2006 under the UFC banner (with 2 losses in that span).
Volkmann is 9-1, with his only loss coming back in November to Paulo Thiago by decision.
The big thing in this fight will probably be that Kampmann has never lost by submission, and I doubt the Muay Thai fighter will get submitted at UFC 108 either.
Prediction: Kampmann

* Lightweight bout:
United States – Cole Miller vs. United States – Dan Lauzon
Cole Miller looks to get back on track after a loss back in mid-September, hoping to improve his record of 15-4.
Dan Lauzon makes his return to UFC for the first time since he set the record as the youngest ever fighter to appear for the company back in October of 2006.
Lauzon has won all of his fights dating back to mid 2007, but this will be his first fight in almost a year.
For personal reasons, I’m not going to pick against Cole Miller.
Prediction: Cole Miller

Main Card

* Heavyweight bout:
Brazil – Junior dos Santos vs. Netherlands – Gilbert Yvel
Junior dos Santos is 9-1, undefeated in 3 UFC fights.
Gilbert Yvel is 36-13, but he has never won a UFC fight in his 13 year career.
Junior dos Santos is trained by Nogueira, and that’s almost enough information for me.
Prediction: Junior dos Santos

* Lightweight bout:
United States – Jim Miller vs. United States – Duane Ludwig
Miller is 15-2, with a 4-1 record in UFC.
Ludwig is 18-9, with the majority of his fights over the past four years taking place in Strikeforce.
I’ve seen Jim Miller fight, so I’ll go with the one I know (who happens to have a pretty serious record).
Prediction: Jim Miller

* Lightweight bout:
United States – Joe Lauzon vs. Canada – Sam Stout
Lauzon is 18-4, having only lost once (to Kenny Florian) since his debut over 3 years ago.
Sam Stout is 14-5, with losses in 2 of his last 3.
I don’t like the fact that Lauzon’s younger brother is also fighting on the January 2nd’s card, as Joe’s attention might be split… but based on the history, I’m going to have to go with Lauzon.
Prediction: Joe Lauzon

* Welterweight bout:
United States – Dustin Hazelett vs. United Kingdom – Paul Daley
Dustin Hazelett, whose nickname is “McLovin”, brings his record of 12-4 and BJJ skills into this fight to attempt to improve on his 5-1 record in the UFC.
Paul Daley has a record of 22-8 (with two draws), with only one UFC fight on his resume (a victory over Martin Kampmann).
I always prefer the submission artists to the fighters, so I’m going with McLovin.
Prediction: Dustin Hazelett by submission

* Light Heavyweight bout:
United States – Rashad Evans vs. Brazil – Thiago Silva
Evans (13-1-1) and Silva (14-1) bring very similar records into this fight – both having lost to current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Lyoto Machida.
In watching him coach The Ultimate Fighter, I don’t find myself wanting to root for Evans, so all things being equal, I’d predict Silva (to tie-in with what I want to see).  I don’t think all things are equal, though, as most of Evans’ victories in UFC have been by decision, where Silva has knockouts in ALL of his UFC wins.
Prediction: Thiago Silva

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