The UFC is on your television this Sunday for a day-time (at least for the Americas) card from one of the finest day-drinking countries around, Germany. Get your steins ready for a morning/afternoon that actually has several well-matched fights, even if it lacks much in the way of any real divisional shake-up drama.
The main card kicks off at 2pm eastern on Fox Sports 1, while the prelims start at noon, also on FS1. The early pre-lims start at 10:30am on Fight Pass.
Now let’s get down to business.
- Vitor Miranda ($7,400) became something of a fan favorite when he entered the UFC off of TUF Brazil 3 due to his seemingly amiable personality and exciting fighting style. Unfortunately for him, he ran into two grinding wrestlers in his last two fights, putting him on a two fight skid as his opponents where able to neutralize his striking arsenal by wearing on him for three rounds. Don’t expect that to happen in Germany, as Abu Azaitar doesn’t have the wrestling chops to implement that strategy. This one should be fun and play out on the feet and I’m banking that cheap price on Miranda doing his thing.
- Another fighter on a two fight losing skid, Damien Stasiak ($8,200), also has a much better match-up this Sunday, as he takes on Pingyuan Liu out of China. Liu seems to have had a decent run on the regional circuit, but Stasiak is a huge step-up in competition for him, and his judo and submission chops should be too much for the newcomer to handle.
- Nick Hein ($8,500) is a talented fighter with the skillset to beat the majority of fighters on the UFC roster. However, his style is rather uninspiring, which shows in his DFS point totals, even in victory. I’m not wasting that cap space on a low ceiling fighter.
- I mentioned Miranda above, and consequently, Abu Azaitar ($8,800) appears in this section. Azaitar seems to have a fun action skill set with decent power, but I am hesitant to spend that amount of cap space on a debuting fighter, without a clear matchup advantage, taking on someone with Miranda’s experience.