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UFC on FOX 16 'Prelims:' FOX undercard preview and predictions, Pt. 2

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More fights are coming to Fight Pass and FOX this weekend (Sat., July 25, 2015) when UFC on FOX 16: “Dillashaw vs. Barao 2” kicks off from United Center in Chicago, Illinois. MMAmania.com's Patrick Stumberg continues the UFC on FOX 16 "Prelims" party with the seconds (and final) installment of a two-part under card preview series.

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Alpha Male vs. Nova Uniao, Volume ... I don't even know at this point.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Bantamweight Champion T.J. Dillashaw will look for his second successful title defense against the man he took it from, Renan Barao, in the main event of UFC on FOX 16 this Saturday evening (July 25, 2015).

The Chicago, Ill.-based card will also potentially decide the next challenger for the women's Bantamweight crown as Miesha Tate takes on Jessica Eye, while some of the Lightweight division's all-time great action fighters, Joe Lauzon and Takanori Gomi, will attempt to rebound from recent setbacks at each others' expense.

FOX will host not just the main card, but also the final four "Prelims" undercard battles slated to rock the United Center (see predictions for the first four here).

Check out previews and predictions of the remaining balance below:

205 lbs.: Gian Villante vs. Tom Lawlor

Entering UFC on a three-fight win streak, Gian Villante (13-5) stumbled out of the gate with a 1-2 run. He’s won twice since, narrowly edging Sean O’Connell before scoring a brutal comeback knockout of Corey Anderson in April.

That knockout marked the eight of his career and his tenth finish overall.

Famed for his weigh-in and walkout shenanigans, Tom Lawlor (9-5) returns to the organization this Saturday after more than two years away. Before his disappearance, "Filthy" had won two of three since his loss to Chris Weidman, said loss a highly controversial one to Francis Carmont.

He was originally slated to return against Ilir Latifi in July 2014 before pulling out because of injury.

Pretty much everything is working against Lawlor here. He’s going up in weight after a massive layoff and really didn’t look that good in his last bout -- Michael Kuiper was tossing him around like nobody’s business before leaving his neck out.

Still, I’m leaning toward him based on the simple fact that Villante isn’t very good.

He was on his way to losing the Anderson fight before that crazy comeback and I felt he lost to Sean O’Connell. His only other UFC win was over the glass-jawed Cody Donovan, who I felt was winning rather comfortably before getting chin-checked. I just have so little faith in Villante that I’m picking "Filthy" for the upset decision win. I’m not sure how he’s going to do it, only that Villante will underperform somehow.

Prediction: Lawlor via unanimous decision

155 lbs.: Jim Miller vs. Danny Castillo

Jim Miller (24-6) reminded the Lightweight division that he’s still a threat with consecutive submission wins over Fabricio Camoes and Yancy Medeiros. He’s found less success in his recent bouts, as he followed a beatdown from Donald Cerrone with a decision loss to fast-rising Beneil Dariush.

He’s stopped 17 opponents overall, 14 by form of submission.

Danny Castillo (17-8) sandwiched a brutal knockout of Charlie Brenneman between narrow losses to Edson Barboza and Tony Ferguson. His loss to Paul Felder was a tad more decisive, a crushing spinning back fist that still stands as one of the nastiest knockouts of the year.

"Last Call" stands two inches taller than Miller at 5’10."

In the interest of full disclosure: I don’t like Castillo very much. Once he manages to get on top, he seems to make little if any effort to actually finish the fight. I thought he clearly lost against Tim Means and his "work" on top of Ferguson was agonizingly dull. Plus, I just think it’s poor form to claim you deserve the win because you could have done nasty things to your opponent had the fight happened in prison.

Now, on to the actual breakdown ...

Miller’s a lethal finisher and the better striker. Should he manage to get on top, I’ve little doubt he’ll be able to soundly control "Last Call." My one worry is that Miller has been nullified before by strong wrestlers, from the aforementioned Dariush to Benson Henderson back in the day.

Still, I think his sheer activity and superior submission arsenal will carry the day. Castillo’s unwillingness to take risks bites him in the rear once again as Miller controls the striking and outworks him on the ground for the decision win.

Prediciton: Miller via unanimous decision

170 lbs.: Ben Saunders vs. Kenny Robertson

After four years away, during which time he racked up an 8-3 record, Ben Saunders (18-6-2) scored the Octagon’s first-ever omoplata finish against Chris Heatherly last August. His second bout, against veteran Joe Riggs, was slightly less dramatic, but still a win for  "Killa B" as Riggs injured his neck on a takedown.

He was originally slated to face Erick Silva on the "Maia vs. LaFlare" card in April.

Since suffering a controversial decision loss to Sean Pierson in 2013, Kenny Robertson (15-3) has emerged as an unexpected contender with three straight wins, two by first-round stoppage. Most recently, he short-circuited Russian standout Sultan Aliev in Sweden with a crushing left hand that earned him an extra $50,000.

He will give up five inches of height to the 6’3" Saunders.

This fight is actually one of the more intriguing one on the docket. Saunders has the clear edge on the feet with his clinch prowess, but he has a worrying tendency to accept takedowns and work from his back. While that’s paid dividends against Luis Santos and Chris Heatherly, Robertson is a massively underrated grappler that Saunders certainly doesn’t want on top of him.

Still, Saunders should win this if he comes in with the right gameplan.

He’s got a massive length advantage that should work brilliantly in the clinch. So long as he doesn’t concede takedowns, Saunders ought to be able to punish his way to a second-round stoppage.

Prediction: Saunders via second-round technical knockout

135 lbs.: Eddie Wineland vs. Bryan Caraway

Eddie Wineland (21-10-1) bounced back from his failed 2013 title bid by stopping Yves Jabouin, his fourth knockout in his previous five victories. His comeback trail was unfortunately halted by Johnny Eduardo, who broke the former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) champion’s jaw in May 2014.

This will be Wineland’s first fight since, a layoff of over 14 months.

Though Diego Brandao ended his bid for The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) glory, Bryan Caraway (19-7) carved out a place for himself in UFC's bantamweight division with four wins in five fights, all by submission. He hit a stumbling block in his most recent bout, however, dropping a decision to top contender Raphael Assuncao in Oct. 2014.

"Kid Lightning" owns 17 wins via submission, 15 of those via choke.

This fight really boils down to what Wineland has left. He’s got the skillset to hand Caraway his bum on a silver platter, with ironclad takedown defense and far superior striking. That said, he’s been competing for 12 years and is coming off a broken jaw, not to mention that he wasn’t doing too hot against Yves Jabouin before catching him in the second.

Still, both Eduardo and Jabouin are much better strikers than Caraway and Wineland’s only other losses since 2009 were to Barao, Joseph Benavidez and Urijah Faber.

If Caraway gets on top, he certainly has the skills to choke out even a veteran like Wineland. However, I’m just not sure he gets there. Wineland potshots and stuffs takedowns on the way to a rather dull decision win.

Prediction: Wineland via unanimous decsion

It's free, the main event ought to be cracking, and we've got some terrific match ups to back it up. And that's more than good enough for me, folks.

See you Saturday, Maniacs!

Remember that MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC on FOX 16 fight card, starting with the Fight Pass "Prelims" matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 4:15 p.m. ET, and then the remaining under card balance on FOX at 6 p.m. ET before the PPV main card start time at 8 p.m. ET.

Current UFC "Prelims" Prediction Record 2015: 65-48 (2 NC)