• UFC Fight Night 37: Fight Card Predictions

  • UFC Fight Night 37 poster 226x300 UFC Fight Night 37: Fight Card PredictionsThis weekend the UFC returns to the UK with the main event featuring Alexander Gustafsson taking on home town favourite Jimi Manuwa.

    Further down the card there are the usual British favourites and those looking to make a name for themselves inside the UFC.

    For those of you who like to have a bet on the fights, here are my thoughts on how the fights will go down:

    UFC Fight Night Gustafsson v Manuwa Fight Card Predictions

    Phil Harris v Louis Gaudinot

    My Pick: Whilst the crowd will try to spur Harris on as much as they can, I expect Gaudinot to take this one by decision.

    Igor Araujo v Danny Mitchell

    My Pick: I hate to pick against the Brits but after seeing Araujo get past Ildemar Alcantara last time out, I really cannot see Mitchell being able to get it done here. Araujo by decision

    Davey Grant v Roland Delorme

    My Pick: I think that Grant was the most impressive fighter on The Ultimate Fighter reality show despite coming in second place at the finale. I think he showed real diversity in his game and I think he will be the man to get the British charge underway on Saturday night. Grant by decision.

    Brad Scott v Claudio  Henrique da Silva

    My Pick: Both men head into Saturday night with very similar records but if I had to give the edge in this one it would be to Scott in the striking department and Silva in the grappling. However, given all fights begin on their feet I am inclined to favour Scott. Scott by TKO.

    Luke Barnatt v Mats Nilsson

    My Pick: Put simply, I think that Luke Barnatt is riding on the crest of a wave at the moment. He is travelling all over the place and getting top notch coaching in the process. I think Barnatt will continue his streak and get the decision victory in this one. Barnatt by decision.

    Cyrille Diabate v Illir Latifi

    My Pick: I think Diabate will be too slick on the feet for Latifi who showed he was willing to come forward last time out against Mousasi on short notice but I feel Diabate will exploit the holes in Latifi’s standup game just as Mousasi did previously. Diabate by decision.

    Gunnar Nelson v Omari Akhmedov

    My Pick: Gunnar Nelson is one of the true rising stars in MMA when it comes to Europeans and he will continue this rise at the weekend. I expect Akhmedov to be able to get Nelson down thanks to his wrestling ability but from there, I also expect Nelson to submit the Russian. Nelson by Submission.

    Brad Pickett v Neil Seery

    My Pick: As stated above, I believe this one will be the fight of the night but I am inclined to agree with the bookies on this one. Seery whilst deserving of a place in the UFC thanks to his recent record, I don’t expect him to continue the streak past this Saturday. Pickett by decision.

    Michael Johnson v Melvin Guillard

    My Pick: This is perhaps the most difficult fight on the card to call. For a long time Guillard has been discussed as a supreme talent, only to fall short of that potential. Meanwhile, Johnson has blossomed whilst at the Blackzillians and looks like he could be a serious contender in the Lightweight division. I think Guillard’s power could spell danger for Johnson in the first round but if Johnson can establish the kind of rhythm he displayed against Joe Lauzon previously, he can take this one. Johnson by decision.

    Alexander Gustafsson v Jimi Manuwa

    My Pick: Whilst the odds have this one looking like a foregone conclusion, I see this fight in much the same way as the co-main event. The power that Manuwa possesses can spell danger for any fighter in the Light Heavyweight division. However, if Gustafsson can show the kind of poise and distance control that he managed to implement against Jones in the early going, then he can safely secure the rematch that so many felt he was due, without having to prove his worth all over again. Gustafsson by stoppage in the later rounds.

    About The Author – Greg Byron

    Greg started training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu after his brother introduced him to a local MMA fighter/coach when he was just 16 years old. Greg has trained for nearly a decade in both BJJ and MMA, competing in several grappling events within the UK. In addition to MMA, Greg possesses a law degree and works for a firm in northern part of England.

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