Twenty-seven mixed martial arts (MMA) wins, 22 finishes combined. The Heavyweight main event between Mark Hunt vs. Antonio Silva at UFC Fight Night 33, which takes place at Brisbane Entertainment Center in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, this Friday night (Dec. 6, 2013), is going to be violent.
The monstrous bout between "Super Samoan" and "Bigfoot" in the "Land Down Under" has rich, entertaining knockout potential. And if their clash somehow fails to impress, two of the biggest-punching Light Heavyweight fighters on Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) roster, James Te Huna and Mauricio Rua, will attempt to back them up.
We looked at three of the five planned UFC Fight Night 33 "Prelims" under card matches yesterday right here. The rest are below. Let's see what else is on the FOX Sports 1 docket:
135 lbs.: Takeya Mizugaki vs. Nam Phan
After alternating wins and losses for 10 consecutive bouts, Takeya Mizugaki (18-7-2) finally got over the hump, reeling off three straight wins since a questionable decision loss to Chris Cariaso two years ago. Most recently, he took out hot prospect Erik Perez, out-gritting and out-wrestling the aggressive young prospect to raise his UFC record to 5-2.
Mizugaki is in the midst of his first multi-fight win streak since 2008.
Since a solid run on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 12, Nam Phan (18-11) has struggled in the world’s largest fight organization, posting a 2-4 record as a UFC Featherweight. While one of those losses was a flat-out robbery against Leonard Garcia, Phan has been on the recipient of epic beatdowns in two of his last three fights, getting dominated on the mat by Jim Hettes and Dennis Siver.
This will be both his Bantamweight debut and his first fight in 364 days.
I’m not sure about the reason UFC felt the need to match a fringe 135-pound contender with an underwhelming Featherweight making his first cut, but a deep-seated dislike of Phan may be the case. Basically, Nam has the worst bottom game in the entire universe. This is a guy who has been on the wrong end of at least one 10-8 round in three of his last five fights because of ground-and-pound.
And with Mizugaki’s wrestling offense, that’s just unacceptable.
On the feet, it’s fairly even, while on the ground, it’s not. Phan stopping Mizugaki’s takedowns is unlikely, as are him getting up or doing anything at all to keep Mizugaki from caving his face in. Takeya may not hit that hard, but Phan seems to bring out the Mark Coleman in everyone he fights.
Phan’s durability "saves" him as Mizugaki beats the tar out of him for the full 15 minutes.
Prediction: Mizugaki via unanimous decision
185 lbs. Nick Ring vs. Caio Magalhaes
While the UFC record (3-2) for Nick Ring (13-2) is a respectable since injury forced him off of TUF 11, many believe his victories against Riki Fukuda and Court McGee were undeserved. Even disregarding this fact, Ring is currently 1-2 in his last three bouts, suffering decision losses to Tim Boetsch and Chris Camozzi.
Ring has ended eight fights inside the distance, six of them submissions.
He had to take a lot of heavy leather to do it, but Caio Magalhaes (6-1) took advantage of Karlos Vemola and his poor cardio to tap him out in two this past June, giving him his first Octagon victory. The fight was also his first in a year, injury having taken him out of a fight with Michael Kuiper in January.
Half of Magalhaes' wins have come by submission.
I’m trying to think of some fancy reasoning for this one, but it’s hard when you’re dealing with two massively mediocre fighters. Magalhaes has a solid ground game, but not much wrestling or striking. Ring can do everything decently well, but has zero power.
In other words, everything points to this being a dreadfully dull affair.
My guess is that Ring touches up Magalhaes at range and uses his superior wrestling to keep it standing, leaving us in that unpleasant situation where one fighter is clearly outmatched, but his opponent has no way of getting him out of there.
Be prepared for 15 unpleasant minutes of Ring sprawling and "brawling."
Prediction: Ring via unanimous decision
Two big-punching Heavyweight contenders and several proven finishers from top to bottom. Not bad at all for a Friday night special.
See you then, Maniacs.
Remember that MMAmania.com will provide LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 33 card on fight night (Fri., Dec. 6, 2013), starting with the Facebook under card bouts at 6:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 2 "Prelims" matches at 7 p.m. ET and running right on through the FOX Sports 1 main card broadcast that start at 9 p.m. ET.