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MMA DieHards Counterpunch: UFC on FUEL 3

Donald Cerrone (L) stare down with Jeremy Stephens (R) at UFC on Fuel 3 weigh-ins.

MMA DieHards is back with another session of Counterpunch.  This time we take on UFC on Fuel 3, which takes place Tuesday at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va.

UFC 146 features a featherweight main event between Dustin Poirier and Chan Sung Jung.  The Ultimate Fighter 7 winner Amir Sadollah meets Jorge Lopez, Donald Cerrone takes on Jeremy Stephens, and Jason MacDonald faces Tom Lawlor in the Canadian’s final match of his career. put together a team of our finest writers to bring you Counterpunch for the event.  The group independently makes its selections for each fight. Minority picks will be defended by one of the panelists making that selection.

Joining us this week will be Robert G. Reynolds, Joe Rizzo, Michael Stets, Mark Hensch and Bob Badders.

Sadollah, Jeff Curran and Yves Jabouin are not covered below, as they were unanimously selected.

Below we list the match, the fighter being defended and the author of the defence.

Francisco Rivera vs. Alex Soto
Defending Rivera: Joe Rizzo

The last two times we saw Rivera in Zuffa, he was getting finished by featherweight contender Erik Koch and solid prospect Reuben Duran.  Rivera went back the drawing board at Tachi Palace fights and was dominant, spending just 2:05 in the cage to dispatch of Brad McDonald and Antonio Duarte.  That got him another shot in the UFC, on short notice against Soto in the bantamweight division.  Those two weeks should be enough for Rivera to load his fists for Soto, who is looking for his first UFC win.  Soto was in this position in his UFC debut, when he came on late to face Michael McDonald and was knocked out in 56 seconds.

Kamal Shalorus vs. Rafael dos Anjos
Defending Shalorus: Michael Steczkowski 

Both fighters are coming off loses in this matchup.  Dos Anjos dropping a split decision to Gleison Tibau , and Shalorus to new comer Khabib Nurmagomedov.  Before you give Shalorus points off for losing to someone making their UFC debut, Nurmagomedov is now 17-0 and a World Combat Sambo Champion.  Prior to that, he lost to Jim Miller, a perennial top contender.  Dos Anjos has shown he is versatile on the ground or standing.  That being said, I don’t think we see him giving “The Prince of Persia” his third straight loss.  Shalorus’ wrestling pedigree and toughness will be too much, he wins by TKO Round 2.

Carlo Prater vs. TJ Grant
Defending Prater: Bob Badders

My first impression of this fight is that in involves a pair of guys with very good records and some notable victories that haven’t been able to put together a run on the big stage.
Since debuting with a surprising split-decision win over Ryo Chonan at UFC 97, Grant is just 3-3, although his opponents in those defeats were certainly worthy.  Prater has won five in a row to rebound off a stretch where he lost six of 10 bouts, but hasn’t really wowed in his WEC and UFC bouts. To me Prater is a bad matchup for Grant. Where Grant is good Prater is better. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Luta Livre black belt should be able to nullify Grant’s strengths. Grant has won by submission in 13 of his 17 victories, but I’m not sure he’ll find the same openings against the seasoned Prater.
Grant does have good momentum coming in off a submission of Shane Roller at “UFC Live: Cruz vs. Johnson”, and he’s went the distance in losses to Kim Dong-Hyun, Johny Hendricks and Ricardo Almeida. I like Prater’s experience here too. The 30-year old has 41 pro fights under his belt. He’s faced a lot of different styles over the years and, albeit early in his career, has wins over such notables as Melvin Guillard, Spencer Fisher and current UFC Interim Welterweight Champion Carlos Condit.
With four of his last five wins coming by submission, it looks like Prater is in a groove on the ground. I like him to continue that trend for his sixth consecutive win.

Yang Dongi vs. Brad Tavares
Defending Dongi: Mark Hensch

I’m digging Dongi’s chances in this scrap for several reasons. For starters, he trains with the main event’s Chan Sung Jung and thus has well-rounded practice with South Korea’s diverse martial arts traditions.

Furthermore, Dongi’s fought all over the world and more often than Tavares. Though those are minor facts, they show that he’s seasoned and capable of dealing with the jet lag that so often levels foreign fighters on American cards.

Last but not least, Dongi is a stocky dude who’s hard to take down. Even he does meet the mat, his area of expertise is overwhelming ground and pound. My guess is all these factors will set up a smothering for poor Tavares when the two step inside the Octagon.

Marcus LeVesseur vs. Cody McKenzie
Defending LeVesseur: Mark Hensch

In virtually all of my MMA picks, I gravitate towards fighters who have more UFC experience as it’s the sport’s most competitive stage. In the case of this bout, I’m leaning toward LeVesseur despite the fact he’s debuting here.

I admire McKenzie’s heart and his penchant for an absurd variety of chokeholds. Despite this, he’s found mixed success in the UFC and LeVesseur enters with a pedigree I’ll call “quasi-divine.” A decorated amateur wrestler, he picked up a staggering 296-0 record before jumping into the MMA ocean feet first. He’s so far proven he’s a big fish, going 21-5 in the hurt business.

With all this in mind, I’m expecting LeVesseur will have some jitters but he’s used to grappling his way past problems. The same thing will happen here, and my guess is he’ll manhandle McKenzie to a finish or decision, whichever he can get first.

Jason MacDonald vs. Tom Lawlor
Defending MacDonald: Michael Steczkowski 

Since defeating C.B. Dolloway and earning submission of the night at UFC 100, Lawlor has struggled, going 1-3 in his last four outings.  His last fight earned him a default profile pic on Darce Side Radio’s Twitter account, losing to Chris Weidman via D’arce choke.  MacDonald hasn’t been impressive himself, and the 36-year-old is on the downturn of his MMA career.  I have a hunch he has a couple good fights left in him, tomorrow night being one of them.  MacDonald catches him, and finishes with an rear-naked choke in the second round.

Fabio Maldonado vs. Igor Pokrajac
Defending Maldonado: Steczkowski

If you missed Maldonado’s fight of the night performance against Kyle Kingsbury at The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale, then you are unaware of his striking ability.  Yes, he did lose that fight, but he showcased his talented hands throughout.  While Pokrajac looked awesome his last time out, making quick work of Krzysztof Soszynski(I hate having to spell check that) in 35 seconds, he won’t be having an easy night this time out.  Maldonado’s boxing is too much for the Duke. Maldonado wins unanimous decision.

Jeremy Stephens vs. Donald Cerrone
Defending Stephens: Joe Rizzo
Stephens is a solid underdog here, and worth a play against Cerrone, if for nothing more than his penchant for getting into brawls and exciting fights.  What might be overlooked in the excitement is that Stephens is 4-2 in his last six fights, with those defeats each coming by a split decision, against top-notchers Melvin Guillard and Anthony Pettis.  Cerrone is right about in the same class, so this match figures to be a fight of the night contender that goes down to the wire.  This time Stephens will get the edge.

Dustin Poirier vs. Chan Sung Jung
Defending Poirier: Robert G. Reynolds

Talk about stealing from the cookie jar.

As my fellow MMADieHard brethren fall for the flashy pizazz of the twister victory over Leonard Garcia, and the fortunate KO over Mark Hominick, they fail to see the reality of Jung’s fate in this upcoming bout.

Poirier has one loss in his career and that came with his inaugural bout in the WEC.  With that out of the way, he has compiled five straight wins while collecting submission of the night at UFC 143.  Training with former UFC fighter, Tim Credeur at the Gladiator Training Academy, you can ensure that Poirier will be ready for anything Jung has in store for him.

With this fight being a featherweight title eliminator, expect Poirier to make a statement to the rest of the division.  Poirier is going to bury “The Korean Zombie” with a ground and pound TKO stoppage in the second round.

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