The epic UFC 100 is scheduled for this Saturday night and although pay-per-view subscribers may not see all of the under card fights, the matches preceding the main line-up are filled with talent from both veterans and young guns.
Taking a look at the following clashes shows just how stacked UFC 100 really is. Let’s break it all down…
Stephan Bonnar (11-5) vs. Mark Coleman (15-9): Coleman was the first UFC heavyweight champ and enjoyed success in PRIDE but was recently dismantled by #1 light heavyweight contender Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in January of this year. Mark’s wrestling base and G ‘n’ P are his bread and butter but father time has aged the body and depleted cardio, so he’ll need to look for an early finish if he wishes to best his always-tough opponent. Bonnar is also seeking a rebound victory after being dominated by Jon Jones in his last outing. Stephan possesses a high level ground game and doesn’t mind standing toe to toe. Bonnar will need to push the pace on the feet and seek top position if the fight hits the ground.
Jon Jones (8-0) vs. Jake O’Brien (11-2): Jones is a great example of a fighter with both technical prowess and dominant power. As we saw in his last fight with Bonnar, his throws and ability to control pace make for exciting fights. Jones is undefeated in the UFC but will face a hungry Jake O’Brien who seeks to stack another W on top of his previous victory over Christian Wellisch. O’Brien will likely rely on his wrestling base but must be wary of submission attempts and reversals.
C.B. Dollaway (8-1) vs. Tom Lawlor (5-1-0-1): Dollaway has put together two solid wins inside the Octagon after losing twice to TUF 7 winner Amir Sadollah but faces another powerful wrestler. Lawlor is dropping from light heavyweight to middleweight which will likely better suit his frame and may translate into better speed and delivery of power. Don’t be surprised if C.B. looks to keep this standing as Tom will likely seek a ground battle.
Mac Danzig (18-6-1) vs. Jim Miller (13-2): Both fighters find themselves in disappointing positions with Danzig losing his last two and Miller still feeling the sting of his first loss in the UFC. Danzig clearly has the experience factor on his side but Miller’s well-rounded and presents problems wherever the fight goes. With neither man’s conditioning ever being in question, this match will come down to who capitalizes on the first major mistake.
TJ Grant (14-2) vs. Dong Hyun Kim (11-0-1-1): Kim is likely hungry after a lackluster fight with the now-suspended (drug use) Karo Parisyan and will face a submission specialist who loves the armbar, Canadian TJ Grant. This match-up is particularly attractive to fans who enjoy the ground battle, as Kim will impose his Judo game and likely take Grant to the mat where it will be a chess match.
Matt Grice (9-2) vs. Shannon Gugerty (11-3): Grice and Gugerty lost their previous fights in the UFC but possess the skills necessary to win, as evidenced by their professional records. Grice is a well-rounded competitor, while Gugerty likes to work for the submission finish.