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MMA Crossfire – UFC on FUEL: Gustafsson vs Silva predictions
Hometown hero Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson gets his chance to make Sweden proud as he takes on Brazilian Thiago Silva at UFC Live: Gustafsson vs Silva Saturday in Stockholm, Sweden.
The young Swede is riding a 4-fight win streak, while Silva is returning from a year-long suspension for tampering with his UFC 125 urine sample. It resulted in his victory over Brandon Vera being turned into a no-contest.
One thing is for certain: Gustafsson will have an entier nation in his corner.
Welcome back to The Crossfire.
MMA Crossfire Expert Cassie Wiseman checks in with her thoughts on the main card:
Cassie is a mixed martial artist with over five years of study. Training primarily in South Korea, she has black belts in Taekwondo, Hapkido, and Muay Thai kickboxing. A proud Canadian from Roberts Arm, Newfoundland, she files for The Crossfire having recently returned from South Korea. She also blogs for Postmedia Networks’ Womens Fight Club website.
UFC LIVE: GUSTAFSSON VS SILVA
Damarques “Darkness” Johnson (18-9-0) vs. John Maguire (17-3-0)
Wiseman: Anytime a fighter goes up against a wrestler the first question has to be whether or not they can stuff a takedown. For the wrestler, he/she has to question the ground game of their opponent. In this particular matchup, Johnson is a very skilled grappler which will eliminate any distance. Johnson can use this to wear down the gas tank of Maguire, making him resort to what he does best: Wrestling. To make this match even more interesting, Maquire also has a ground game, but not a strong enough ground-and-pound game. This fight will certainly entertain the fans, but it’s merely going to be a chess match where each fighter is at a loss as to how to finish. Maquire being the more diverse fighter will be able to score enough to satisfy the judges, but Johnson will certainly make it a challenge.
Wiseman Prediction: John Maguire vía decisión.
Dennis Siver (19-8-0) vs. Diego “The Gun” Nunes (17-2-0)
Wiseman: It’s not a normal fight for Siver if he isn’t fighting against an opponent with a reach advantage and this match is no different. Nunes will be able to use his striking ability of firing while moving backwards to do damage. The speed and kicks of Siver will test Nunes making this a standup match one where each fighter is evenly matched. Entertaining yes, but neither fighter has enough of an edge over the other for a finish.
Wiseman Prediction: Diego “The Gun” Nunes via decision.
Paulo Thiago (14-3-0) vs. Siyar “The Great” Bahadurzada (20-4-1)
Wiseman: It’s no secret Thiago continues to improve. He came on the scene with submission attempts and is now developeing his standup game. Bahadurzada being predominately a standup fighter,will be a suitable test for Thiago’s new standup abilities. Bahadurzada is still the more technical and superior striker though. leaving Thiago to do what he does best, take a limb off.
Wiseman Prediction: Thiago via submission.
“All-American” Brain Stann vs. Alessio “Legionarius” Sakara
Wiseman: This is going to be a standing war, especially in the beginning of the fight. Sakara is the technical striker and always dangerous with his combinations so he will test the chin of Stann. What Sakara needs to be weary about is Stann testing his chin. Another thing to keep in mind is the level of fighters that Stann has fought in his UFC career (Phil Davis, Chris Leben, Jorge Santiago and Chael Sonnen). Sakara hasn’t come close to such a level of opponent, until now This will definitely be the biggest test of Sakara’s career, but for Stann it will just be another fighter that he introduces to his fists.
Wiseman Prediction: “All-American” Brian Stann via TKO.
Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson (13-1-0) vs. Thiago Silva (14-2-0, 1 NC)
Wiseman: With Silva just coming off an extensive period outside the octagon everyone is wondering if “ring rust” will be a factor. Gustafsson, on the other hand, has risen quickly up the rankings, showing that he is a finisher regardless of who he steps inside the octagon against. Both fighters have KO power in their hands, so it’s all about who will connect first. Gustafsson with the reach and speed advantage will certainly be the first to put Silva’s return to the test. Silva has been known for his standup slugfest, but over a course of time he has become predictable. The youthful Gustafsson will show once again the importance of evolving and being unpredictable.
Wiseman Prediction: Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson via TKO.
Source: montrealgazette.com By Kenia Andrews and Assie Wiseman (April 11,2012)
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