The tenth season of The Ultimate Fighter has come down to just two competitors, and although I didn’t catch all of the episodes, I did see most of them, and I’m actually really excited for tonight’s event.  I know most of the fighters on the card, and it will be interesting to see how things shake out with the lights bright and after having time to train outside the confines of the TUF house.

(If the country of origin isn’t listed for a fighter, they’re from the United States)

Preliminary Card

Heavyweight bout:
Darrill Schoonover vs. [United Kingdom] James McSweeney
Prediction:  Darrill Schoonover
Why?  He’s undefeated, and McSweeney has lost more than half of his fights.

Heavyweight bout:
Jon Madsen vs. Justin Wren
Prediction: Justin Wren
During The Ultimate Fighter Season 10, Wren did enough to cause Dana White to think that if the fight were to go to a third round, Justin might’ve beaten the former IFL champ.  Madsen got knocked out by TUF finalist Brendan Schaub, which isn’t a huge loss, but I like Wren’s chances.

Light Heavyweight bout:
Brian Stann vs. Rodney Wallace
Prediction: Brian Stann
Wallace is undefeated, but I like Stann’s experience better.  I really like the fact that he defeated Steve Cantwell in their third fight, showing he can learn from a loss.  I can’t fault him for losing to Krzystztoff Soszynski.

Welterweight bout:
John Howard vs. Dennis Hallman
Prediction:  Dennis Hallman
Hallman’s got a ton of experience, which includes two victories over Matt Hughes, and that’s all I really need to know.  And his birthday was a couple days ago, which I think is good karma.

Lightweight bout:
[Canada] Mark Bocek vs. Joe Brammer
Prediction:  Mark Bocek
Three of his five UFC fights have been victories, and Joe Brammer is making his UFC debut.

Main Card

Heavyweight bout:
Marcus Jones vs. Matt Mitrione
Prediction: Marcus Jones
Why?  Because what I saw from them on the show, I don’t like Mitrione, and I want to see Marcus Jones win this fight… really bad.

Lightweight bout:
Frank Edgar vs. Matt Veach
Prediction: Frank Edgar
Reason – more UFC experience, only 1 loss.

Catchweight (215 lb) bout:
[The Bahamas] Kimbo Slice vs. Houston Alexander
Prediction:  Houston Alexander
I think there’s potential for Kimbo Slice to learn a lot and become a better all-around fighter, but I’m worried about his arthritis making him less mobile.

Light Heavyweight bout:
Matt Hamill vs. Jon Jones
Prediction:  Jon “Bones” Jones
My friend (and fellow author) MJ really likes Jon Jones, so I’m goin’ that direction.  I do respect that Hamill has only lost to Bisping and Franklin, though.

Heavyweight bout:
Roy Nelson vs. Brendan Schaub
Prediction:  Brendan Schaub
I just don’t like the way Roy Nelson wins fights, and I’m hoping Schaub does something to keep this from going to decision, ’cause I fear Nelson would win if that happens.

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