UFC Fight Night 37 fight card previews stream for 'Gustafsson vs Manuwa' in London on Fight Pass

UFC Fight Night 37 takes place at O2 Arena, in London, England, this weekend (Sat., March 8, 2014), with a 3 p.m. ET start time for the main card on Fight Pass digital network. The mixed martial arts (MMA) event features a pivotal light heavyweight headliner between former title challenger Alexander Gustafsson and undefeated wrecking machine Jimi Manuwa. Many thought Gustafsson should have walked out of his UFC 165 classic against Jon Jones with the gold strapped around his waist, but he now has to re-establish his standing against the dangerous Manuwa in “Poster Boy's” backyard. In the night’s co-main event, talented but inconsistent lightweight veteran Melvin Guillard will take on a tough replacement in Michael Johnson, who replaces the injured Ross Pearson against his former Blackzilians teammate. The always exciting Brad “One Punch” Pickett will fight in front of his British brethren as he takes on promotional newcomer Neil Seery. Pickett’s first foray at flyweight was originally scheduled against No. 3-ranked Ian McCall, but those plans fell apart when “Uncle Creepy” pulled out with yet another injury. The opening main card bout features an interesting match-up of welterweights Gunnar Nelson and Omari Akhmedov. The returning Nelson has been sidelined since Feb. 2013. Akhmedov made a splash in his Octagon debut by knocking out Thiago Perpetuo in a “Fight of the Night”-winning affair at UFC Fight Night 32. With both fighters highly accomplished grapplers and talented strikers, this fight could end up stealing the show. MMAmania.com will provide several previews leading up to UFC Fight Night 37, which we will feature in this story stream right up until fight night.

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Bangfest! Guillard Vs. Johnson Final Video Preview

In the co-main event of tomorrow's (Sat., March 8, 2014) UFC Fight Night 37: "Gustafsson vs. Manuwa" event from the O2 Arena in London, England, Melvin Guillard will throw hands opposite former training partner Michael Johnson for a spot in the 155-pound title chase.


UFN 37's Louis Gaudinot: 'I Change Peoples' Lives'

UFC Flyweight contender Louis Gaudinot sat down with MMA Mania's Cory Braiterman to talk about his "life-changing" job, his weight, his transition from karate into full-fledged mixed martial arts and more.


The Mauler! Full Alexander Gustafsson Breakdown

MMAmania.com resident fighter analyst Andrew Richardson breaks down the mixed martial arts (MMA) game of UFC Fight Night 37 headliner Alexander Gustafsson, who will attempt to preserve his No. 1 spot in the 205-pound pecking order with a big win over Jimi Manuwa in London later today.


Find Out Where To Watch UFN 37 Tonight!

The complete UFC Fight Night 37 fight card will air this later today (Sat., March 8, 2014) on Fight Pass digital network. Here's how to catch the "Gustafsson vs. Manuwa" mixed martial arts (MMA) action LIVE from all available locations.


Buzzfeed! UFC Fight Night 37: 'London' Edition

Check out all the info you need regarding UFC Fight Night 37: “Gustafsson vs. Manuwa,” which takes place this afternoon (Sat., March 8, 2014) from 02 Arena in London, England. The main attraction features Alexander Gustafsson against Jimi Manuwa and the co-main event sees Melvin Guillard against Michael Johnson. UFC Fight Night 37 can only be seen only on UFC’s “Fight Pass” digital network.


UFN 37 'FoTN' Early Pick: Gustafsson Vs. Manuwa

Light Heavyweight contenders Alexander Gustafsson and Jimi Manuwa will collide in the main event at UFC Fight Night 37 in London, England, later this afternoon. In a five-round fight, these two men are poised to put on a thrilling performance.


Gustafsson vs. Manuwa Final Video Preview

In the main event of tonight's (Sat., March 8, 2014) UFC Fight Night 37: "Gustafsson vs. Manuwa" event from O2 Arena in London, England, Alexander Gustafsson will attempt to earn another crack at the light heavyweight title with a delicious match-up opposite Jimi Manuwa.


Melvin Guillard, UFN 37's 'Fighter to Watch'

After years of being a well-known UFC fighter, Melvin Guillard is coming up on what could be the end of his athletic prime. He'll probably never reach the pinnacle of the lightweight division, but his UFC Fight Night 37 co-main event showdown against Michael Johnson this afternoon (Sat., March 8, 2014) in London, England, could dictate the future of his career.


Preview! 'Mauler' Vs. Manuwa Main Event Showdown

High stakes will be on the line this Saturday (March 8, 2014) when top light heavyweight Alexander Gustafsson takes on undefeated prospect Jimi Manuwa in the main event of UFC Fight Night 37 from London, England. Will "Mauler" solidify his next title shot, or does "Poster Boy" have what it takes to shock the world? Read our fight preview to find out!


Nostradumbass Picks UFC Fight Night 37

Fight Pass! Or to some fans ... fight, pass. That all depends on how amped you are for this weekend's big shebang across the pond, which presents a couple of intriguing fights with title implications, along with a credit card charge of $9.99. Time to find out if UFC Fight Night 37 gives you enough bang for your buck.


Preview! Johnson & Guillard Lock Horns In London

This Saturday (March 8, 2014) Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweights Michael Johnson and Melvin Guillard will throw down in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 37, airing live on Fight Pass from O2 Arena in London, England.

Following wins over Gleison Tibau and Joe Lauzon in his last two mixed martial arts (MMA) bouts, Johnson stepped in to replace the injured Ross Pearson, who was originally slated to rematch "Young Assassin" in London.

The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 12 runner-up has always had the talent to succeed; now "Menace" is finally making it happen.

He'll face a stiff challenge in experienced veteran Guillard, who was last seen dominating Pearson before an illegal knee rendered their UFC Fight Night 30 bout without a winner.

It was clear Guillard was on his way to victory before the unfortunate strike; the win could have given him two finishes in a row. The wildly fast and powerful Guillard is equally as inconsistent at times, making this fight an unpredictable one.

Let's take a look at the keys to victory for Johnson vs. Guillard:


Michael Johnson

Record: 14-8 overall, 6-3 UFC

Key Wins: Gleison Tibau (UFC 168), Joe Lauzon (UFC Fight Night 26), Danny Castillo (UFC on FX 5)

Key Losses: Myles Jury (UFC 155), Jonathan Brookins (TUF 12 Finale)


Melvin Guillard

Record: 32-12-2(1) overall, 13-8(1) UFC

Key Wins: Jeremy Stephens (UFC 119), Mac Danzig (UFC on Fox 8), Dennis Siver (UFC 86), Evan Dunham (UFC Fight for the Troops 2), Gleison Tibau (TUF 9 Finale)

Key Losses: Donald Cerrone (UFC 150), Jim Miller (UFC on FX 1), Joe Lauzon (UFC 136), Jamie Varner (UFC 155), Nate Diaz (UFC Fight Night 19)


Recently, No. 14-ranked Johnson's all-around game has progress to a new level at South Florida's Jaco Hybrid Training Center. Training with elite fighters Rashad Evans, Anthony "Rumble" Johnson, and Tyrone Spong has made his striking develop at an insane pace. Fighting Guillard will be the ultimate test of just how far he's come.

If he can pick apart "Young Assassin" on Saturday, we'll know he's arrived.

Although not usually known for submissions, taking this fight to the ground may be the best way of neutralizing Guillard's thunderous power.

Guillard is a former Blackzilians team member who left the team amidst much publicity, giving this fight an interesting dynamic. Guillard will know what to expect from his opponent.

He also has the experience and power to end any lightweight's night in a flash; yet he repeatedly stands in his own way. Johnson has never been knocked out, something that could make this bout a slugfest.

This fight is about as evenly matched as it comes, making it hinge heavily upon which version of Guillard decides to show up to the cage.

Melvin Guillard has been showing flashes of the brilliance that earned him the nickname "Young Assassin," but after nearly nine years in UFC, he's not so young anymore. With his hand speed and knockout power, he's still a very strong wild card.

Johnson has shown the skills to overcome Guillard's initial outburst. Look for "Menace" to use his jab and superior reach to outpoint Guillard, mixing up his game with some takedown attempts.

Both fighters are incredibly hard to knock out, but they've tapped out an alarming amount of times between them. That would be a huge factor if either one of them focused on submitting their opponents, but they rarely do. Because of those similarities, I'm not counting on a finish in London.

Final Prediction: Johnson def. Guillard via unanimous decision


UFN 37 Odds, Underdogs And Betting Favorites

Get a detailed breakdown of the betting lines for the upcoming UFC Fight Night 37: "Gustafsson vs. Manuwa" mixed martial arts (MMA) event that is set to hit O2 Arena in London, England, this Saturday afternoon (March 8, 2014), including best bets, underdogs, favorites and much more.


Preview! 'One Punch" Welcomes Seery To The Octagon

This Saturday (March 8, 2014) Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) flyweights Brad Pickett and Neil Seery will go to war on the main card of UFC Fight Night 37, airing live on Fight Pass from O2 Arena in London, England.

Last seen losing to Michael McDonald at UFC Fight Night 26, Pickett will be making his flyweight debut after losing two of his past three mixed martial arts (MMA) bouts at 135 pounds, Pickett was originally scheduled to face No. 3-ranked flyweight Ian McCall, but yet another injury forced Seery to step in. The development prompted Pickett to question "Uncle Creepy's" toughness with a fake medical diagnosis.

Pickett has always been one of the toughest competitors in the lower weight classes, so Seery has a mountain to climb in his UFC debut. Heading into O2 Arena as a massive favorite, an angry Pickett should deliver a rousing show for his beloved British fans.

Let's take a look at the keys to victory for Pickett vs. Seery:


Brad Pickett

Record: 23-8 overall, 3-3 UFC

Key Wins: Demetrious Johnson (WEC 48), Ivan Menjivar (WEC 53), Mike Easton (UFC on Fuel TV 9)

Key Losses: Michael McDonald (UFC Fight Night 26), Renan Barao (UFC 138), Eddie Wineland (UFC 155)


Neil Seery

Record: 13-9 overall, 0-0 UFC

Key Wins: None

Key Losses: Phil Harris (BAMMA 3)


The always-exciting Pickett has won an alarming four "Fight of the Night" and one "Knockout of the Night" bonuses in just six UFC bouts. "One Punch" will be looking to add Seery to his list of victims on Saturday, and the odds would tell you he's going to do just that. With seven knockouts and 10 submissions, Pickett has the well-rounded skillset to contend with any bantamweight or flyweight on the planet.

However, he's been wildly inconsistent against top competition, failing to get over the hump against elite fighters like Barao, McDonald, and Wineland.

Luckily for him, Seery is light years away from that level.

Pickett is going to push the pace early on and look to make an example out of Seery. He's obviously perturbed that his big name bout with McCall fell apart; it's on Seery to take advantage of that emotion. That won't be easy, as Seery's MMA career has been marred by extreme bouts of inconsistency as well. He's currently on a four-fight win streak, which could give him a degree of confidence heading into UFC Fight Night 37.

Even so, this bout could be billed as not much more than a squash match for Pickett to get a win in his homeland. Seery has five submission wins and Pickett has tapped four times, so the chance for an unlikely finishing hold is there.

It just won't come easily.

It's too bad that we won't get to see Pickett make his flyweight debut against Ian McCall. Kudos to Seery for taking by far the toughest fight of his career on short notice, but as a six-to-one underdog, most will be picking Pickett to knock out his little-known opponent.

If Seery can somehow find a way to win, it might go down as one of the most impressive upsets in Octagon history given the circumstances of the bout. Still, I don't see that happening, as "One Punch" will be mad and ready to put a stamp on Seery.

Look for him to come out swinging and end this one in the first.

Final Prediction: Pickett def. Seery via technical knockout in round one


UFN 37 'Prelims' Preview And Predictions Pt. 2

More free UFC fights are coming to Fight Pass online digital network this weekend (Sat., March 8, 2014) when UFC Fight Night 37: "Gustafsson vs. Manuwa" mixed martial arts (MMA) event kicks off from 02 Arena in London, England. MMAmania.com's Patrick Stumberg continues the UFC Fight Night 37 "Prelims" party with the second (and final) installment of a two-part under card preview series below.


Preview! Nelson & Akhmedov Throw Down In London

This Saturday (March 8, 2014) Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweights Gunnar Nelson and Omari Akhmedov will square off in the opening main card bout of UFC Fight Night 37, airing live on Fight Pass from O2 Arena in London, England.

Undefeated in mixed martial arts (MMA), Nelson has been out of action since he beat Jorge Santiago by unanimous decision at UFC on Fuel TV 7, also in London. Slowed by some recent injuries, the talented young Icelander could be an under-the-radar contender in a very tough division.

He'll have to get past Akhmedov first, which has proved to be far from an easy task. The Russian-born "Lakec" has only one loss on his record from his second-ever fight. He impressed in his sole Octagon bout, a "Fight of the Night"-winning knockout of Thiago Perpetuo at UFC Fight Night 32 last year.

Both fighters are accomplished grapplers with striking power to match, so this one could get interesting quick. Let's take a look at the keys to victory for Nelson vs. Akhmedov:


Gunnar Nelson

Record: 11-0-1 overall, 2-0 UFC

Key Wins: Jorge Santiago (UFC on Fuel TV 7), DaMarques Johnson (UFC on Fuel TV 5)

Key Losses: None


Omari Akhmedov

Record: 12-1 overall, 1-0 UFC

Key Wins: Thiago Perpetuo (UFC Fight Night 32)

Key Losses: None


With all the commotion in the welterweight division as of late, Nelson and Akhmedov definitely haven't been in the news much. Looks can be deceiving, however, as these two lesser-known fighters end any fight in an instant.

Nelson brings a world-class grappling game to the table. He won multiple gold medals at the 2009 IBJJF Pan American Championships when he was barely into his twenties. With submission victories in five out of his past six wins, "Gunni" will be looking to lock up Akhmedov in one of his lethal chokes.

If he can't get the fight to the ground, all is not lost. Nelson is also a talented striker thanks to his black belt in Goju-ryu karate.

Not to be outdone, Akhmedov is an International Master of Sports in Sambo. Russian fighters have been moving up the ranks in MMA recently, and Akhmedov fits that bill perfectly. He has more knockout wins than Nelson with six, but he also has some dangerous chokes of his own. Akhmedov should be looking to push the pace and test Nelson's readiness to get into a firefight after such a long layoff.

"Gunni" should be more than willing to engage wherever this fight goes, making this a potential "Fight of the Night" candidate. Both fighters have well-rounded skillsets, but Nelson has the slight advantage in terms of UFC experience. He'll be looking to put the letdowns of 2013 behind him with a strong showing, and he'll have the British crowd fully behind him.

Even with the odds stacked against him, Akhmedov will fight to the end in hostile territory, so expect a war at O2 Arena.

Heavily hyped prospect Gunnar Nelson will face a largely unknown but dangerous foe in Omari Akhmedov. Although this should turn out to be a battle, I expect Nelson's overall game to come out on top despite some cage rust.

Final Prediction: Nelson def. Akhmedov via unanimous decision


UFN 37 'Prelims' Preview And Predictions Pt. 1

More free UFC fights are coming to Fight Pass online digital network this weekend (Sat., March 8, 2014) when UFC Fight Night 37: "Gustafsson vs. Manuwa" mixed martial arts (MMA) event kicks off from 02 Arena in London, England. MMAmania.com's Patrick Stumberg kicks off the UFC Fight Night 37 "Prelims" party with part one of a two-part under card preview series.


'Five Burning Questions' For UFC Fight Night 37

Before every fight card, mixed martial arts (MMA) fans toggle between possible scenarios and what to expect days before it all unfolds in front of their eyes. Probable outcomes, distinguishable facts and head-scratching theories are all part of the mystique that surrounds the fights on any given night. We ask ourselves the same questions … and try to uncover different answers.

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