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UFC Fight Night 33: Big Foot vs. Hunt: Full card predictions

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UFC Fight Night 33 goes down on Friday, December 6 (due to the Australian time difference) at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Online (Facebook/UFC.com) prelims get started at 6:30p.m., then Fox Sports (other local providers) will air the next block of prelims at 7:00p.m. The main card can be seen live on Fox Sports (other local providers) at 9:00p.m. Enjoy the predictions and UFC Fight Night 33 fight card.

Online Prelims: 1-0-0

170 lbs. – Ben Wall (0-0 UFC) vs. Alex Garcia (0-0 UFC) – Garcia via TKO
Wall is a solid grappler, but Garcia is very strong and should defend takedowns nicely as well as go for takedowns himself. Garcia will have a huge striking advantage with his power so expect a TKO finish. Correct plus method

Fox Sports Prelims: 2-2-0

185 lbs. – Bruno Santos (0-0 UFC) vs. Krzysztof Jotko (0-0 UFC) – Santos via decision
Santos will have a striking advantage with his quick kicks, but this fight will likely be a grappling match. Both men are solid grapplers, but Santos seems to be stronger and has better cardio. Wrong - Jotko via U. decision

125 lbs. – Richie Vaculik (0-0 UFC) vs. Justin Scoggins (0-0 UFC) – Scoogins via TKO
Valculik is a good grappler and will try to force this into a grappling match, but Scoogins has solid defense and a big striking advantage as he hits very hard, uses every weapon and has great technique. Correct plus method

185 lbs. – Nick Ring (4-2 UFC) vs. Caio Magalhaes (1-1 UFC) – Ring via decision
Magalhaes is a talented grappler, but Ring has great defense and should be able to keep this fight standing where he can use his punches, kicks and knees to beat up Magalhaes for 3 rounds. Wrong - Magalhaes via U. decision

135 lbs. – Takeya Mizugaki (5-2 UFC) vs. Nam Phan (2-4 UFC) – Mizugaki via decision
Phan is a great boxer that throws great combinations, but Mizugaki hits much harder and will be able to take down Phan at any time and work his ground and pound. Phan will be overwhelmed by Mizugaki. Correct plus method

Main Card: 4-1-1 Total MMA Predictions: 386-216-2 = 64%

135 lbs. – Julie Kedzie (0-1 UFC) vs. Bethe Correia (0-0 UFC) - Correia via decision
Kedzie is an experienced striker as she holds a 3rd degree black belt in Taekwondo. Correia is making her UFC debut after easily defeating her first 6 opponents with good striking, defense and wrestling. On the feet Kedzie shooud have a slight advantage with her technique and speed, but Correia will not be intimidated and will be trying to counter kicks with takedowns. On the ground expect Correia to be in top control and landing ground and pound. Correia has a much better ground game then Kedzie and will use it to defeat her. Correct plus method

185 lbs. – Dylan Andrews (1-0 UFC) vs. Clint Hester (1-0 UFC) - Hester via TKO
Andrews is primarily a boxer with great technique and power as he’s KO’d 12 of his 21 pro opponents. Hester is also a boxer at heart with great technique, but he’ll have more speed and power then Andrews. On the feet expect Hester to get the better of Andrews with his boxing. Both men have similar wrestling skill so either man could land takedowns, but Andrews has more grappling experience which he may look to utilize. Hester will test Andrew’s cardio and chin by beating him up on the feet for 3 rounds or until he gets the finish. Correct plus method

265 lbs. – Pat Barry (5-6 UFC) vs. Soa Palelei (1-0 UFC) - Palelei via TKO Barry is a hard hitting kick boxer with great technique and powerful kicks. Palelei is more well-rounded but he also prefers to strike as he’s currently riding a 9 fight win streak with 9 TKO’s. On the feet Palelei should have the advantage with his powerful punches, but Barry will be throwing back as long as he’s standing. If Palelei wants to take this fight to the ground he’ll have a big advantage and should be able to get the finish with g&p or a submission. Palelei will use his striking to get the finish and move his win/TKO streak to 10. Correct plus method

205 lbs. – Ryan Bader (8-4 UFC) vs. Anthony Perosh (4-2 UFC) - Bader via TKO
Bader is a former NCAA division 1 wrestling champion but he’s now developed a solid boxing attack and submission skills. Perosh is a decent striker with some power, but he’s primarily a grappler and holds a 3rd degree black belt in BJJ. On the feet Bader will have the advantage with his power and may even get the TKO finish. On the ground Bader will very likely be in top control landing g&p, but he’ll want to avoid the grappling and submissions of Perosh. Bader will look to keep this fight standing and get the finish with his striking. Correct (Bader via U. decision)

205 lbs. – Maurício Rua (5-6 UFC) vs. James Te Huna (5-2 UFC) - Te Huna via decision
Rua is a well-rounded fighter with his scary striking and submission attacks. Te-Huna also has great striking but he may possess a bit more power than Rua and he’ll have the better wrestling. On the feet it should be fairly even and don’t expect a finish as neither man will be TKO’d easily. Rua has excellent technique with his punches and kicks, but Te Huna will keep him at bay with his powerful punches. Te Huna will likely be able to get takedowns if he wants, but he’ll need to avoid the grappling attacks of Rua. Te Huna is the better fighter right now and will land more effective strikes while also getting multiple takedowns. Wrong - Rua via KO

265 lbs. – Mark Hunt (4-2 UFC) vs. Antonio Silva (2-2 UFC) - Siva via submission
Hunt is a former K-1 kick boxer with great striking technique and tons of KO power. Silva is very imposing even against other Heavyweights with his powerful strikes and black belts in BJJ and Judo. On the feet Silva should have the advantage with his height and reach advantage, but Hunt will not be intimidated and will test the chin of Silva with hard punches. If Silva decides to take this fight to the ground he’ll almost certainly finish Hunt with g&p or a submission. Hunt has a good chance to land that KO punch, but Silva is a much better fighter and will likely take Hunt to the ground where he can finish him easily. Draw

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