UFC Fight Night 32 preview, predictions for 'Belfort vs Henderson 2' online Facebook 'Prelims' fights (Pt. 1)

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More free UFC fights are coming to Facebook / YouTube this weekend (Sat., Nov. 9, 2013) when the UFC Fight Night 32: "Belfort vs. Henderson 2" mixed martial arts (MMA) event kicks off from Goiania Arena in Goiania, Brazil. MMAmania.com's Patrick Stumberg kicks off the UFC Fight Night 32 "Prelims" party with part one of a two-part under card preview series.

Two TRTerrors in a terrific tussle.

Ultimate Fighting Championsip (UFC) will pits two of its most powerful punchers opposite each other this Saturday night (Nov. 9, 2013) when Vitor Belfort looks to avenge his Pride FC 32 loss to Dan Henderson in the main event of UFC Fight Night 32 from Goiania Arena in Goiania, Brazil.

In addition, The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): "Brazil" Finale that should have been but never was between tournament winner Cezar Mutante against Daniel Sarafian, who was forced out of their first match because of injury.

We've got just five "Prelims" under card this time around, all of which will stream on Facebook.com / YouTube.com. Let's take a look at the first three mixed martial arts (MMA) matches of that group below:

155 lbs.: Thiago Tavares vs. Justin Salas

Heading into his home country on the heels of two wins, Thiago Tavares (17-5-1) match up with Khabib Nurmagomedov in Jan. 2013 went about as poorly as physically possible for the Brazilian. Not only was he brutally knocked out by the Russian prospect in less than two minutes, but he also tested positive for Drostanolone, which resulted in a nine-month suspension.

Tavares has not put together more than two straight wins since 2007.

Things got hairy in the third round, but Justin Salas (11-4) managed to push his UFC record above .500 against Aaron Riley in July, outstriking the veteran to earn a split decision win. Salas has now won seven of his last eight bouts, the lone loss a knockout against Tim Means.

Salas has ended four fights inside two rounds, split between knockouts and submissions.

This one’s tough. Salas should theoretically have the wrestling advantage, though Tavares has shown some improvement in that area as of late. On the feet, I’d peg Tavares as superior, especially since Salas doesn’t have the thump to capitalize on Thiago’s questionable chin.

In a deadlock, I lean towards the wrestler, so let’s go with "J-Bomb."

Tavares has significantly better jiu-jitsu, but if there’s one thing these years of slavish devotion to MMA have taught me, it’s that better "overall" BJJ or a "good guard" just aren’t enough. You have to either be able to dictate position or have such a savage guard that taking you down is lunacy. Tavares has neither and thus winds up on the wrong end of a grinding decision.

Prediction: Salas via unanimous decision

155 lbs.: Adriano Martins vs. Daron Cruickshank

The top Lightweight on the Brazilian circuit following the exit of Francisco Trinaldo, Adriano Martins (24-6) rode a 10-1 streak into Strikeforce, the sole defeat coming in a razor-close battle with Francisco Trinaldo. He did not disappoint in his debut, battering Jorge Gurgel for three rounds on the promotion’s final card.

Martins owns notable wins over UFC veteran Ronys Torres, Bellator competitor Luis Santos and "TUF: Brazil 2" competitor Pedro Irie.

Daron Cruickshank (13-3) impressed enough in the elimination round of TUF 15 for coach Urijah Faber to choose him as the third member of his team. The confidence of "California Kid" seemed well-placed early on in his bout with James Vick, only for Cruickshank to run headlong into a knee during a takedown attempt.

Undaunted, he has racked up a 3-1 UFC record and will compete for the first time outside of North America.

You may not have heard of him, but Martins is one to watch at 155 pounds. Not only is he a gigantic Lightweight who held his own in the past against solid Welterweight competition, he’s a powerful striker with the ground game to back it up. Though Cruickshank is flashy, I don’t see his arsenal outclassing Martins' meat-and-potatoes power-punching nor his takedown defense holding up should things go pear-shaped for Martins.

Cruickshank has plenty of tricks, but doesn’t quite know when to use what. Martins should be able to power through and land the punches and takedowns he needs to please the hometown crowd.

Prediction: Martins by unanimous decision

125 lbs.: Jose Maria Tome vs. Dustin Ortiz

Despite being a late replacement in his UFC debut against John Lineker, Jose Maria Tome (33-4) impressed in the early going, staggering the iron-chinned bruiser with a spinning back fist. Sadly, he was unable to carry his success through to the second round, where he suffered a freak leg injury and was summarily pounded out by "Mao de Pedra."

The defeat was Tome’s first since 2008, having gone 16-0-1 in that span.

A Roufusport-trained product with eight finishes to his credit, Dustin Ortiz (11-2) has won four of five since losing a decision to Ian McCall in 2011. Prior to joining UFC, he competed in several promotions, including Strikeforce, Tachi Palace Fights, King of the Cage and RFA.

This will be the first time he’s fought outside the United States.

I’m as hypercritical as any other fan about fighters with gaudy records, but I still favor Tome here. Both fighters are solid everywhere, making this a very interesting bout, and I’m having a hard time finding a justification for picking Tome, so just trust me. Ortiz seemed to have trouble with the ground game of the very inexperienced Aaron Ely, which bodes ill against someone with the grappling of Tome.

Plus, nobody’s hurt Lineker in UFC aside from Tome, which is mighty impressive.

I could be terribly wrong and Ortiz could wind up beasting Tome, taking him down at will and beating him up on the feet. More likely, Tome’s experience, power and Brazilian jiu-jitsu bring him his first UFC victory.

Prediction: Tome via unanimous decision

We've got two more UFC Fight Night 32 "Prelims" to preview and predict tomorrow night, including some TUF veterans and the debut of another impressive Dagestani.

See you then!

Remember that MMAmania.com will provide LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 32: "Belfort vs. Henderson 2" fight card this weekend (Sat., Nov. 9, 2013) right here, starting with the Facebook "Prelims" at 6 p.m. ET and then main card action on FOX Sports 1, which is slated to begin at 8 p.m. ET.

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