On June 8, 2012, the UFC returns to the Sunshine State for the Harley Davidson Hometown Throwdown at the Bank Atlantic Center inFort Lauderdale,FL. The event marks the promotion’s third televised broadcast on FX (UFC on FX 3) and features a main event rematch between Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson and Ian “Uncle Creepy” McCall, which will give the winner bragging rights for best nickname in the flyweight division and, more importantly, determine who earns the right to fight for the vacant 125-pound title against Joseph Benavidez sometime later this year. The first fight between both men ended in a controversial majority draw and delayed the progression of the four-man flyweight tournament to determine the first UFC Flyweight Champion. The rest of the main card features two solid match-ups in the welterweight division and an exciting featherweight clash.
Charlie Brenneman will look to prove his worth in the 170-pound division by taking on Erick “Indio” Silva who looked spectacular in his controversial disqualification loss against Carlo Prater. Josh “The Dentist” Neer will be seeking another veteran scalp to extend his winning streak to seven as he will trade punches with the experienced Mike “Quicksand” Pyle. Rounding off the main card will is a solid 145-pound clash between Scott Jorgensen and Eddie Wineland.
The preliminary card, which airs live on Fuel TV, is highlighted by an intriguing welterweight battle between Mike Pierce and Carlos Eduardo Rocha who are both coming off split decision losses to top-5 ranked opponents. The prelims also include seven additional fights to keep MMA fans well entertained on June 8th.
Who will emerge as the second challenger for the UFC Flyweight title? Will we see more controversy or will both men be out to prove, without a shadow of a doubt, who the baddest 125-pounder on the planet is? Stay tuned on June 8th and make sure you check out all of the predictions here at Kamikazeoverdrive.net.
In the Lightweight division (11-2-0) Bernardo Trekko Margalhaes battles Henry Martinez (8-2). Margalhaes had his 5 fight win streak snapped in his octagon debut losing to Tim Means while Martinez had his 4 fight win streak snapped losing to Matt Riddle in a very close fight that could have gone either way. Martinez dominated the first round against Riddle using his counters effectively. This is a classic striker vs. grappler match up, Margalhaes is a Pan-Pacific BJJ champion and Martinez is a technical striker who trains out of Greg Jackson’s gym. He also has black belt in BJJ so if the fight does go to the ground he should be able to hold his own. Margalhaes has only finished 2 opponents inside the distance. Both of his wins were by submission and if he cannot submit this BJJ black belt then he is going to have all kinds of problems dealing with Martinez’s standup. Martinez will likely keep this fight standing and pick apart Margalhes. So my prediction is Henry Martinez to defeat Bernardo Margalhaes by TKO
In the Middleweight division (5-0-0) Caio Hellboy Magalhaes takes on Buddy Roberts (11-2). Magalhaes comes into this fight with an unblemished undefeated record finishing 3 out of 5 opponents. Roberts is coming off 5 straight victories including a win over the KOTC heavyweight champ Tony Lopez. Both fighters are making their octagon debuts on Friday but this will be Caio’s first time fighting out of Brazil so there should be more pressure on him. It’s been 11 months since Roberts has fought so ring rust could play a factor here but I think he possesses good wrestling and better stand up then Hellboy. Magalhaes has a good ground game but I think he will spend most of the time on his back trying to fight off the submission attempts and ground and pound. There is a possibility of Roberts getting caught in a submission but I think he will fight the smart fight and stay out of danger. My prediction is Buddy Roberts to defeat Caio Magalhaes by decision.
In the Lightweight division (10-3-0) Justin J-Bomb Salas squares off with Tim The Dirty Bird Means (17-3-1). Salas has won 6 straight including his octagon debut in February over Anton Kuivanen. Means has been on a roll going 9-0-1 in his last 10 including a win in his UFC debut over Bernardo Magalhaes. At 6’2” Means holds a 6 inch height advantage over Salas. He showed that he knows how to take full advantage of that in his last fight destroying Magalhaes on the feet. Salas is a good wrester with an ever evolving stand up game. Means showed great takedown defense in his last fight but the difference is that Salas should be able to stand and trade with Means if necessary. I think this will be a back and forth exciting fight but since Salas should be able to dictate where the fight takes place I’ll give him the advantage. So my prediction is Justin Salas to defeat Tim Means by decision.