UFC on Fuel TV: Struve vs. Miocic Fight Photos from Josh Hedges

The UFC has got it’s swagger back from UFC 152 and it definitely spilled over to UFC on Fuel TV: Struve vs. Miocic. The card from top to bottom delivered whether it was a back and back war between Brad Tavares and Tom Watson, submissions from Gunner Nelson and Matt Wiman, and knockouts by Robert Peralta, Brad Pickett and Stefan Struve – the whole card delivered. I really do think watching fighters who need to win in order to earn a living do perform. They need to make a statement and they made it loud and clear tonight.

Main Card:

  • Heavyweight: Stefan Struve def. Stipe Miocic
  • Welterweight: Dan Hardy def. Amir Sadollah
  • Bantamweight: Brad Pickett def. Yves Jabouin
  • Lightweight: Matt Wiman def. Paul Sass 
  • Welterweight: John Hathaway def. John Maguire
  • Welterweight: Che Mills def. Duane Ludwig 

Preliminary Card:

  • Light Heavyweight: Jimi Manuwa def. Kyle Kingsbury
  • Featherweight: Akira Corassani def. Andy Ogle
  • Middleweight: Brad Tavares def. Tom Watson
  • Catchweight (183 lbs.): Gunnar Nelson def. DaMarques Johnson
  • Featherweight: Robbie Peralta def. Jason Young

Fight of the Night Bonuses

  • Fight of the Night: Stefan Struve def. Stipe Miocic via TKO (Round 2 - 3:50)
  • Knockout of the Night: Brad Pickett via punches (Round 1 - 3:40)
  • Submission of the Night: Matt Wiman via armbar (Round 1 - 3:48)

Weigh-In Photos for UFC 138: Leben vs. Munoz

All I know is that the Crippler and the Filipino Wrecking Machine are headlining this card and you know these two are going to bang. I’m excited to also see both Brad Pickett and Terry Etim fight again. Also, after finally making weight on the second attempt – I’d like to see Thiago Alves continue his way back up the top.

UFC 136 Main Card:

  • Chris Leben vs. Mark Muñoz
  • Brad Pickett vs. Renan Barão
  • Thiago Alves vs. Papy Abedi
  • Cyrille Diabaté vs. Anthony Perosh
  • Terry Etim vs. Eddie Faaloloto

(Photos via Tracy Lee / Combat Lifestyle)

QUESTION: What excites you most about UFC 138?

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Leben vs Munoz

If I could sum up my sentiments about UFC 138 in a single statement it would be this: a weak card doesn’t mean poor fights. The UFC’s return to the UK shores is drawing a lot of criticism from limeys like myself - but - when it comes down to it we can all be sure that Birmingham’s LG Arena will be electric. Packed with thousands of Mixed Martial Arts fanatics who paid to see the sport they love, played out at the highest level, it will be noisy and it will be glorious.

The storyline of Leben/Munoz just about ties in with the shuffling around in the upper echelons of the decision. Munoz has proved his grappling to be top drawer stuff with recent wins over decent wrestlers Dolloway and Simpson before his tough battle with an ultra elite BJJ blackbelt in the form of Demian Maia.

But with the Crippler… we don’t even have a win streak to speak of. With a single win in recent months against an ageing Wanderlai Silva, he formerly lost in devastating fashion to Brian Stann. And that particular American hero just got dealt his own “red, white and blue ass whooping” from the P4P King of Trash Talk, Chael Sonnen.


Well, in short this isn’t a game changing fight and it’s unlikely to be a memorable stand up exchange with Munoz looking for takedowns and effective use of his wrestling.

Munoz’s smart gameplanning with clinch this bout, leaving a frustrated brawler in his wake, possibly summoning a finish at some point in the third.

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Pickett vs Barão

“One Punch” Pickett finally gets to fight in the UFC after a very respectable WEC run, including that notable win over Demetrious Johnson. Barao has already racked up one win in the Octagon against Cole Escovedo, but failed to make a lasting impression in the eyes of the fans.

With two well rounded and frantic Bantamweights getting their opportunity to shine, this should be one of the more entertaining fights of the whole night.

I see Brad Pickett transitioning effectively between his solid striking game and clinch-work. If he doesn’t manage a TKO by the end of the 2nd then a unanimous decision should be in the bag.

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Alves vs Abedi

Casual fans can be forgiven for being unfamiliar with the career of Papy Abedi. And at 33 his UFC debut hasn’t come soon enough - but is he being thrown to a very hungry wolf?

Thiago Alves is a big Welterweight and he knows how to throw his weight around when it comes to Muay Thai. As an awesome striker Alves has only faltered in the past 8 years against decent wrestlers - most recently Fitch, Story and of course GSP at UFC 100.

Please God can we have a full on kickboxing war? At least in loving memory of K1. These guys are more than capable of showcasing high level MMA striking and Abedi may be in for a surprise with zero losses to date.

I’ve got Thiago Alves kneeing and shinning his way to a brutal TKO in the 1st or 2nd with both guys uncorking early on. Accompanied by an arena full of giddy and delighted Brits.

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5 Predictions for WEC 50: Cruz vs. Benavidez

WEC 50 was going to be a stacked card, which had a WEC Bantamweight Championship fight and the debut of Urijah Faber in the Bantamweight division. With Urijah out due to injury, the card is less than stellar – but those types of cards are usually the ones that come out as one of the bests. I enjoy watching the lighter weight classes fight it out – so much technique, and so quick. Here are my predictions for the night:

1. Another war between Cruz and Benavidez

Dominick Cruz knows how to control a fight with his striking and he’ll do that here with Joseph Benavidez. Benavidez will continue to get in and clinch in order to pull of a takedown, but everytime it happens – Cruz will pop back up. It’ll be a back and forth battle with Cruz getting the better of it. He just has too much reach, and the ability to use it wisely. Great fight that goes all 5 rounds.

Prediction: Dominick Cruz over Joseph Benavidez via decision

2. Shane Roller gunning for the Lightweight Championship

Shane Roller is on a mission and that’s the WEC Lightweight Championship. The roadblock in his way is up and comer Anthony Pettis. As the rising star, WEC seems to be wanting him to make a splash against a top contender in Roller. Although, he’s not having it – and Roller makes a huge statement in the Lightweight division. Ground and pound!

Prediction: Shane Roller over Anthony Pettis via TKO

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The Peruvian Neck Tie has to be one of the best combo’s of cool submisson with a cool name. Only the gogoplata or maybe the Phil-mura can compete. Getting caught in The PNT makes you feel like a real bozo, so learn it to know how to defend it.

Let UFC Bantam weight, Brad “One Punch’ Pickett teach you how to pull off this fancy pants submission. I’m glad he teaches it off a stuffed single leg, it’s a great option from there, also a little tip from me, if the opponent feels the sub coming and rolls through as you sit, keep your grip and transition it to a D'arce.  

I guess this G-Form brand makes protective equipment, the guys from BlackHouse seem to all wear knee and elbow pads so I back it. Also if you want to pick up Pickette’s (Pun) awesome walk out shirt, do so here. 


Brad Pickett vs. Hideo Tokoro

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