Gray "The Bully" Maynard (8-1-1) vs Clay "The Carpenter" Guida (9-6) Maynard is coming off of an October 2011 loss to Edgar, after an 8-0-1 start to his UFC career. This is not exactly a small layoff, and his next opponent isn't exactly a walk-through.
Clay Guida is a true veteran of the UFC. 15 fights, 4-1 in his last 5 and only lost to Benson Henderson, last November, who went on to become champion at the beginning of the year.
On paper, this fight looks to be a great one. Both have good wrestling and striking. However, it's this analyst's opinion that this may be somewhat lackluster. Both fighters are vying for a title shot and this fight has title contender implications. With the stakes this high, and both of them losing their previous fight, they both need a win here. Caution may very well take control of this fight as it has in the past with fights like this, rendering both fighters tentative and hesitant.
This fight is a coin-flip as far as I'm concerned. It'll be interesting to see how Maynard comes back after his first professional loss. Guida will be ready to go, as always, and is why I believe he wins a unanimous decision with his speed, and the fact that he has the Bill Belichick of MMA in his corner, Greg Jackson.
Guida > Maynard - UD
Spencer "The King" Fisher (9-7) vs Sam "Hands of Stone" Stout (6-6) Here's your Fight of the Night. They've fought before and Stout won a close split-decision and this one will be just as close. These two are just going to go at it. Both are true veterans and both know they're just here to entertain, so why not entertain? This is the fight I'm looking forward to the most. Chins up, hands down. Just straight up standing and banging. Possible Fight of the Year candidate.
Stout > Fisher - UD (Fight of the Night award)
Brian "Bad Boy" Ebersole (3-0) vs TJ Waldburger (3-1) Both fighters are somewhat newcomers to the UFC. Both have shown some potential, and both will be looking to climb the ladder in the short future. I believe this will be a technical fight, nothing gung-ho about it. I think Waldburger will get some takedowns early in the first two rounds and beat Ebersole into a rear-naked choke in the 2nd.
Waldburger > Ebersole - Submission, 2nd (Submission of the Night award)
Cub Swanson (6-4 WEC/UFC) vs Ross "The Real Deal" Pearson (4-2) After a decently-fought loss against a talented Edson Barboza, Pearson has decided to go on a diet and fight at 145 pounds. Can't say I'm a fan of the decision. Anyway, if Swanson is arrogant enough to stand with Pearson, he's going to get TKO'd in the 1st. But I think he's too smart to stand with a British striker, who have a long history of being susceptible to takedowns.
Swanson > Pearson - UD
Prelims Quick-Picks Lamas > Hioki Nuem > Keith Jardine > Story Siler > Gambino Catone > Camozzi Brown > Ramos Miller > Funch Rivera > Stone