Nate Marquardt (30-8-2) vs. Yushin Okami (24-5)
In the main event of the evening, Nate “The Great” Marquardt will face off against Yushin Okami to determine who will be the #1 contender in the middleweight division. Back in February, Nate was defeated by Chael Sonnen, where it seemed he over-looked Sonnen. Ever since then, Marquardt has been focused, working his way back up the middleweight ladder. He will get his chance to get where he wants to be if he beats Okami. But Okami is no push-over. Coming off a split decision victory over a talented Mark Munoz, Okami is looking to get himself a title shot. In this one, I believe these two will be as focused as ever, but in the end, I don’t think Marquardt will lose this fight. I’m taking Nate with a 2nd round TKO.
Alessio Sakara (15-7) vs. Jorge Rivera (18-6)
In the Co-Main Event, Alessio Sakara will be put up against Jorge Rivera. Sakara is coming off three wins in a row, including a first round knockout of James Irvin. “Legionarius’, as Sakara is often called, is always looking for the knockout (9 of his 15 wins are by KO). Rivera is also coming off three straight wins, and defeated Nate Quarry in March. Most of Rivera’s wins are also by knockout (11), so I believe this one will be a slugfest. I would love to see an all-out war in this one and end in a decision. I’ll take Sakara, split decision. With a win, Sakara could become a guy to be feared by in the middleweight division.
Dennis Siver (16-7) vs. Andre Winner (11-4-1)
Next up is Germany’s own, Dennis Siver, who will be fighting Andre Winner. Winner appeared in the Ultimate Fighter’s Season 9 where he lost in the finale to teammate Ross Pearson. Winner’s last fight was against Nik Lentz, and was outwrestled for a decision loss. Siver defeated Spencer in June by unanimous decision. In this fight, I think the hands are going to be a huge factor. Winner is a great boxer, and likes to keep things standing. Siver, on the other hand, is a kick boxer, and also has Jiu-Jitsu skills if the fight goes to the ground. I think Winner will keep this one standing, however, and get a KO in the 2nd round.
Amir Sadollah (4-1) vs. Peter Sobotta (8-3)
In the next contest, Ultimate Fighter Season 7 winner Amir Sadollah will take on another German, Peter Sobotta. Sadollah is coming off a loss to Dong Hyun Kin at UFC 114. Amir lost that fight by unanimous decision, and needs a win to stay in the welterweight ranks. Peter Sobotta, whom I don’t know much about, is a German-born fighter who has back-to-back losses to Paul Taylor and James Wilks, both by decision. I have seen all of Amir’s fights, and know that he has a ton of heart. The crowd in Germany will be booing him the entire night, but I believe the Las Vegas native can handle them. Sadollah, 3rd round submission.
Goran Reljic (8-2) vs. Krzysztof Soszynski (21-10-1)
I’m torn between these two guys. Reljic is coming off a split decision loss to Kendall Grove in July. Reljic, who has fought at middleweight in his last two fights, is making a move back up to his normal light heavyweight division. Soszynski is coming off a rematch fight against Stephan Bonnar, also in July. Soszynski defeated Bonnar in their first fight, but was knocked out in the 2nd round in the previous fight. I see this fight being close throughout, but I think Soszynski will pull it out. The cardio of Reljic could be a factor, having changed weight classes. I’m going to take Soszynski, unanimous decision.
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