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UFC 188 'Prelims:' FX Network undercard preview and predictions, Pt. 2

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More fights are coming to Fight Pass and FX Network this weekend (Sat., June 13, 2015) when UFC 188: “Velasquez vs. Werdum” kicks off from Arena Ciudad de Mexico in Mexico City, Mexico. MMAmania.com's Patrick Stumberg continues the UFC 188 "Prelims" party with the second (and final) installment of a two-part under card preview series.

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Good things come to those who wait. And we've damn sure waited.

Mixed martial arts (MMA) fans haven't seen Heavyweight kingpin Cain Velasquez in action since Oct. 2013. That ends this Saturday evening (June 13, 2015) as American Kickboxing Academy's (AKA) premiere violence-monger takes on Brazilian jiu-jitsu legend and winner of five straight, Fabricio Werdum, in the main event of UFC 188.

Arena Ciudad de Mexico in Mexico City, Mexico, will also play host to another long-desired match up as GIlbert Melendez and Eddie Alvarez battle it out at 155 pounds, while Kelvin Gastelum reluctantly returns to Middleweight to face another former Strikeforce champion in Nate Marquardt.

The first three undercard matches will stream live online via Fight Pass (read full preview here). And rather than FOX Sports 1, the latter four "Prelims" bouts can be found on FX Network.

Here's what's on the menu:

125 lbs.: Henry Cejudo vs. Chico Camus

Henry Cejudo (8-0) -- the youngest American wrestler to ever win gold at the Olympics -- found his Octagon debut delayed after weight cut complications scratched a UFC 177 bout with Scott Jorgensen. After defeating Dustin Kimura at Bantamweight, Cejudo proved he could make 125 pounds in a unanimous decision over Chris Cariaso in March.

He will give up two inches of height to Chico Camus (14-5).

Roufusport veteran Camus spent his first five UFC fights in the 135-pound division, compiling a 2-2 (1 NC) record over the course of two years. A loss to Chris Holdsworth prompted him to cut down to Flyweight, where he eked out a split decision over Brad Pickett in Nov. 2014.

He’s finished seven opponents overall, though none since 2011.

This is one of those fights where one guy is just flat-out superior to his opponent at everything. What does Camus do? Wrestle and strike from distance with speed. What does Cejudo do? That, only significantly better. He’s also got quite a bit more power than Camus on the feet.

This is as close to a guarantee as you’re likely to find on this card and the oddsmakers know it, listing Cejudo as an almost 10-1 favorite. Barring complete mental collapse, expect him to handily trounce Camus for a wide decision.

Prediction: Cejudo via unanimous decision

155 lbs.: Efrain Escudero vs. Drew Dober

Efrain Escudero (23-9) returned to UFC for a third run in Sept. 2014 as a late-notice replacement for Lukas Sajewski against Leonardo Santos. Though he came up short against the The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): "Brazil" winner, he managed to get his first UFC victory since 2010, dominating Rodrigo "Monstro" in February.

Twelve of the 29-year-old’s wins have come by submission.

Two fights in the hole, Drew Dober (15-8) resuscitated his UFC career by choking out Jamie Varner in Dec. 2014. He was utterly screwed by a phantom "submission loss" to Leandro Silva, but justice was thankfully served when the Brazilian commission overturned it to a "No Contest."

He’s stopped 11 professional opponents, ending four of his last five wins inside the distance.

This one’s about as evenly-matched as you can get. Both of these men are quick, experienced wrestle-boxers who have faced some setbacks in their UFC careers. It’s worth noting, though, that for all of Escudero’s struggles, he hasn’t lost to a truly bad fighter in the UFC -- the worst of them was probably Mac Danzig and all of them, on paper, are a step above Dober.

And Escudero isn’t even 30 years old yet.

Escudero’s issues have come against more powerful grapplers, including Tyson Griffin and Jorge Patino outside UFC. Unlike those bouts, he should be able to put Dober on his back without too much trouble and overwhelm him with his pace.

"Hecho en Mexico" earns his first set of back-to-back UFC victories with a clear decision win.

Prediction: Escudero via unanimous decision

135 lbs.: Alejandro Perez vs. Patrick Williams

Alejandro Perez (15-5) defeated Team Latin America’s most decorated fighter, Olympian Fredy Serrano, in the opening round of TUF: "Latin America." After knocking out Guido Cannetti to reach the finals, "El Diablito" took home a decision over teammate Jose Quinonez thanks to the latter’s two-point deduction for a blatant head butt.

The Aguascalientes native will give up two inches of height to the 5’8" Patrick Williams (7-4).

An alumnus of the same Arizona State University (ASU) wrestling program that gave us Ryan Bader and Cain Velasquez, Williams joined UFC on the heels of four first-round finishes in his previous five fights. He faced Chris Beal in April 2014, fighting fairly evenly with TUF vet before eating a beautiful flying knee in the second round.

All but one of his six finishes have come in the first round.

Williams will almost certainly not reach anywhere near the heights of his fellow Sun Devils. He’s already nearing his mid-30s, his chin isn’t the greatest and his striking fundamentals aren’t great.

But, there’s one thing he does well and that just so happens to be an area in which Perez struggles.

While he likes the kind of explosive shot that Bader and Velasquez utilize, Williams remains an accomplished wrestler the likes of which Perez has never faced. I expect him to control this fight on the mat, avoiding prolonged striking exchanges and potentially exploiting "Diablito’s" less-than-stellar chin.

Prediction: Williams via unanimous decision

155 lbs.: Francisco Trevino vs. Johnny Case

Francisco Trevino (12-0) debuted in both UFC and the Lightweight division as a whole in March 2014 with a win over TUF: "Brazil" competitor Renee Forte. Since then, three different fights have fallen through for him, including a match up with Case in Boston.

"Frank" will give up three inches of height to the 6’1" Johnny Case (20-4).

Seven straight wins, capped off by a questionable decision over E.J. Brooks, brought the 25-year-old Case to UFC in Sept. 2014. Once there, he quickly erased the memory of that bout by savaging Kazuki Tokudome and Frankie Perez in consecutive bouts.

He’s stopped 18 foes overall, 12 by form of knockout.

I consider Case someone to watch at 155 pounds -- he’s got some real power and his wrestling looks to have come a long way since the Brooks fight. I’m not quite as high on Trevino, who’s been injured for the last year and whose sole UFC victory came against a badly gassed Forte.

Case is younger, taller, fights out of a great camp in Alliance, and should be able to win this without much trouble.

Case just strikes me as way too much for Trevino, especially after a big layoff. "Hollywood" batters his man for a technical knockout stoppage sometime in the first round.

Prediction: Case via first-round TKO

The first Heavyweight title fight in forever and a Lightweight matchup fans have been clamoring for for ages -- you could do a whole lot worse with $60.

See you Saturday, Maniacs!

Remember that MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 188 fight card, starting with the Fight Pass "Prelims" matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. ET, and then the remaining under card balance on FX Channel at 8 p.m. ET before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.

Current UFC "Prelims" Prediction Record 2015: 49-41 (2 NC)