UFC on FX 5 what to watch for and predictions.
Josh Neer vs. Justin Edwards
UFC veteran Josh Neer steps back into the octagon to face up and comer Justin Edwards who is 1-2 in his UFC career with both losses coming from decisions. Edwards is a submission specialist that will be trying to take the fight to the ground, but even there I’m not sure he has a huge advantage. Neer has good ground skills and also is much more polished on his feet.
Josh Neer via KO round 2
Jussier Da Silva vs. John Dodson
A huge fight in the flyweight division as the new weight class is still being developed and gaining new fighters, this fight has big time title implications. John Dodson is the fan favorite and more notable fighter after his stint on The Ultimate Fighter. He is very quick and agile and also packs a heavy punch but he’s running into a fighter in Da Silva that is 14-1 and has very good jiu jitsu with 7 of his 14 wins coming by way of submission. Dodson has the upper hand in the standup and also has great wrestling so it may be difficult for Da Silva to take the fight to the ground where he wants it. If it goes there I can see Silva wining by submission, but all in all I think Dodson should win this fight pretty handily.
John Dodson via unanimous decision
Jay Hieron vs Jake Ellenberger
This fight is very intriguing especially since this is Jay Hierons first fight in the UFC since 2005. He has been on a pretty good run lately with his only recent loss being to undefeated Ben Askren- which was a highly contested match. Hieron has the upper hand in experience, but Ellenberger is one of the best WW’s on the planet right now and is looking to get back into the title shot talk. Ellenberger was one win away from facing George St. Pierre for the title but had a heartbreaking loss to Martin Kampmann in a absolute battle. Ellenberger is possibly the strongest 170 pounder I’ve ever seen and he packs a hell of a punch, he’s the only person ever to finish Jake Shields and he did in spectacular fashion and very quickly. I’m excited to see Jay Hieron back in action he always puts on exciting fights and was always one of my favorite fighters too watch. But Ellenberger is young powerful and I don’t really see this fight going very good for Hieron.
Jake Ellenberger via TKO round 1
Travis Browne vs. Antonio Silva
Travis Browne is right now probably the UFC’s top heavyweight prospect and is undefeated both in the UFC and other divisions. He’s 13-0 and his only blemish being a draw to Cheick Kongo which was very controversial and I thought Browne won that fight without question. Silva is a veteran of the game and is known by his nickname Bigfoot but he has shown in the past too have a bit of a weak chin and robotic standup. He is on a two fight losing streak losing to Daniel Cormier and then losing to former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez in a match that showed he is not on par with the UFC’s top competition. He’s mainly known for being the first man to TKO Fedor and the first guy to beat him, and it was not a fluke. Browne has shown extraordinary power and at 6’7 is also a very very big guy; this will be one of the first fights in Silva’s career where he doesn’t have much of a size advantage. With Silva’s chin being known to crack and with Brownes’ power in his hands and with his head kicks I really see this fight ending badly for Silva and Browne being either in line for the next title shot or just one more fight away.
Travis Browne via KO round 2