Before the UFC 150 PPV card goes down, five preliminary bouts will kick off the night in Denver, CO. Here are my UFC 150: Henderson vs. Edgar II preliminary card predictions.
Preliminary Card (FX)
Dennis Bermudez (8-3) vs. Tommy Hayden (8-1) (Featherweight Bout)
Tommy Hayden makes his UFC featherweight debut against “The Ultimate Fighter” season 14 runner –up Dennis Bermudez. It is always hard to predict how a fighter will do in a new weight class due to the drop in weight. It makes it even more difficult to predict how that fighter will handle the cut when their first fight in the new weight class is taking place in a high-altitude city like Denver, CO.
While the skills of the two men match up fairly evenly, there are just too many unknowns about Hayden to pick him against a fighter like Bermudez who is going to push the pace with his wrestling from start to finish.
Prediction: Dennis Bermudez via Unanimous Decision
Jared Hamman (13-4) vs. Michael Kuiper (11-1) (Featherweight Bout)
Both men had rough outings in their last fights and only one can rebound with a win. The loser of this fight could very well be released from the UFC, so expect both men to come out throwing bombs looking for the finish. Look for both men to keep the fight standing. While the striking defence of Hamman along with the amount of damage he leaves himself open to is somewhat worrisome, Saturday will mark Hamman's sixth UFC bout and his power and experience should guide him to victory.
Prediction: Jared Hamman via Unanimous Decision
Ken Stone (11-3) vs. Erik Perez (11-4) (Bantamweight Bout)
This is the most fascinating match up on the UFC 150 preliminary card. Ken Stone is a veteran with big-fight experience while Perez has only fought in the UFC once, a first-round submission of John Albert in June. It is always interesting to watch young fighters develop and at 22 years of age, Perez has unlimited room for growth. Unfortunately, he is being matched up with an extremely tough opponent in Stone.
Both fighters possess strong submission skills, but the striking advantage would have to go Stone. If Stone can keep the fight standing and avoid getting caught in a submission from Perez, he should either grind out a decision or land a series of punches that ends the fight.
Prediction: Ken Stone via TKO – Round 2
Dustin Pague (11-6) vs. Chico Camus (11-3) (Bantamweight Bout)
UFC 150 will mark Dustin Pague’s third UFC fight in two months. With that kind of busy schedule, it is entirely possible Pague could be flat on Saturday night, especially with the high altitude. Camus is pretty unknown to most of the UFC audience, but he is a well-rounded fighter that trains out of Roufusport in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Duke Roufus always prepares his fighters well and things should be no difference for Camus.
While Pague has much more octagon experience than Camus, there is just something about the fact Pague has fought some many times in such a short span that makes him a difficult man to pick.
Prediction: Chico Camus via Unanimous Decision
Preliminary Card (Facebook)
Nik Lentz (21-5-2, 1 NC) vs. Eiji Mitsuoka (18-8-2) (Featherweight Bout)
Nik Lentz has hit a rough patch as of late after a strong start to his UFC career, but fortunately he is getting a favorable match up in his featherweight debut. If Lentz can avoid the submission of Eiji Mitsuoka, he should be able to cruise to an easy win. Prediction: Nik Lentz via Unanimous Decision