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UFC 107 Preview: A Glance At The Preliminary Fights

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I think UFC 107 is a pretty solid card from top to bottom.  Of course, we've already hit you with some quick breakdowns of all the fights on the main card.  What I'd like to do now is give a quick synopsis of each preliminary fight at UFC 107.  There should be some pretty good fights that come from the under card, so hopefully some of them will make the live broadcast since we won't be treated to some of them on Spike TV like in events past.

  • Alan Belcher vs. Wilson Gouveia-This should be a good fight here in that both fighters are well rounded.  Belcher is a striker at heart and put on a great performance at Akiyama at UFC 100.  Gouveia has some devastating leg kicks, and is also good on the ground when he decides to use that avenue.  Gouveia tends to gas in some of his fights though, so that may be something that Belcher will be able to capitalize on.  This fight could make the live broadcast.

 

  • Matt Wiman vs. Shane Nelson-Both fighters are TUF alum.  Wiman is pretty well rounded, but is coming off back to back losses for the first time in his career.  It could be a must win situation for him.  Nelson is a purple belt under BJ Penn, but he does have some striking ability as well.  Nelson got ran through by Aaron Riley in his last fight, as he couldn't keep up with the pressure Riley applied.  This could turn out to be a nice little scrap.
  • Johny Hendricks vs. Ricardo Funch-This is a battle of the undefeated fighters.  Hendricks is a very good wrestler with heavy hands.  Funch trains out of Team Link with Gabriel Gonzaga and is a purple belt in BJJ.  Funch hasn't faced anyone with the level of wrestling that Hendricks possesses though.  Hendricks does get kind of reckless standing though.  I expect Hendricks to take this one to the house coming off the TKO win over Amir Sadollah.
  • Rousimar Palhares vs. Lucio Linhares-We know that Palahares is a beast on the ground.  He's coming off a very long layoff due to injury.  However, Linhares is a 2nd degree blackbelt in BJJ as well.  So I definitely expect to see some ground action in this one.  Linhares is much taller than Palhares, so it'll be interesting to see the contrast and if Linhares can handle the power grappling game of Palhares. 
  • DeMarques Johnson vs. Edgar Garcia-I don't know much about Garcia other than he has a wrestling background, an Arizona HS champion.  He's coming off a decision loss against Brad Blackburn at the TUF 9 Finale.  Johnson was the favorite to win the TUF 9 show, but lost in the finals to James Wilks.  Johnson is versed in submissions, training under Jeremy Horn and Carlos Machado.  He also has some striking skills as well.  So he should be able to take care of business where ever this fight goes.
  • Kevin Burns vs. TJ Grant-These guys remind me of one another a lot.  Both guys are scrappy and do what it takes to win a fight.  Grant is a brown belt in BJJ of Jorge Gurgel, and Burns has a decent ground game as well.  Burns may have the edge striking, while Grant may be the better wrestler.  Sounds like a good fight to start the card with.