Corey Hill vs. Joe Veres
Joe Veres lost to Gray Maynard in 9 second. Now I do not think Corey Hill is as good as Maynard, but I think he will beat Veres. I would assume after this fight Joe Veres will hate TUF 5. I think Corey Hill has real potential in the UFC. Unlike some of the other TUF 5 guys Corey must win this fight to stay in the UFC.
Matt Wiman vs. Justin Buchholtz
I believe Matt Wiman will give Buchholtz a nice welcome to the UFC and should ink another win in the octagon.
Gray Maynard vs. Dennis Siver
I think Gray is an underrated fighter who made a fantastic decision to train with Randy Couture. His last fight didn’t last long. I believe he will win another in the first round.
Cole Miller vs. Jeremy Stephens
To be honest this pick is pure guess work, but I believe the math up shows what the UFC thinks of the TUF 5 fighters. Joe Lauzon although not the winner is going to be the best to come out of there and the most marketed from season 5, but I believe they think a lot of Manny, Gray Maynard and Cole Miller as they are fighting quality opponents.
Thiago Tavares vs. Michihiro Omigawa
Tavares came near pulling out a win against Tyson Griffin. I expect this one to go to Tavares who is a good fighter.
Kurt Pellegrino vs. Alberto Crane
Alberto Crane can submit anyone, but I think Pellegrino is too good. He has fought some of the best and fought them well. I predict Kurt Pellegrino will win via unanimous decision.
Nate Diaz vs. Alvin Robinson
Robinson posted a good win over Jorge Gurgel. Nate Diaz is super talented, but I think will be inconsistent. I still think Nate Diaz will win this fight. I predict by submission. Robinson has good submissions, but I doubt he will catch Nate Diaz in a submission.
Patrick Cote vs. Drew McFedries
Both of these guys have serious knockout power. A fight like this is tough to pick because one good shot can KO the other guy. McFedries is far more explosive of a fighter. Cote has some good wins in the octagon the last coming against the rapidly falling Kendall Grove. I am going to pick McFedries via KO is round 1. I expect Drew to come out swining, but he better watch out because Cote can knock you out.
Mike Swick vs. Josh Burkman
Mike Swick struggled against top level competition in the middleweight divison. In my opinion the only top quality fighters he fought he lost to (Leben and Okami). The question is, how will Swick do at welterweight. He will have a slight size advantage. I have Swick in my top ten welterweights, but that is being generous. A win here would make Swick very relevant in this divison. Burkman is no push over. His UFC losses are to Karo and Jon Fitch. That seems to indicate he won’t hang with the top tier guys. I pick Mike Swick to pull out a win via TKO in round 2.
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