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UFC Fight Night: Kim vs. Hathaway: Full card predictions

MACAU - FEBRUARY 27: Dong Hyun Kim of South Korea performs during the presentation of UFC Fight Night Macao Kim vs. Hathaway MEDIA DAY at Venetian Macau on February 27, 2014 in Macau, Macau.
MACAU - FEBRUARY 27: Dong Hyun Kim of South Korea performs during the presentation of UFC Fight Night Macao Kim vs. Hathaway MEDIA DAY at Venetian Macau on February 27, 2014 in Macau, Macau.
(Photo by Xaume Olleros/Getty Images)

UFC Fight Night: Kim vs. Hathaway (also known as TUF: China Finale) is this Saturday, March 1 at the CotaiArena in Cotai, Macau. Due to the time difference online prelims start at 6:20a.m., and the main card can be seen live on UFC Fight Pass at 8:00a.m. The main event will feature a bout between two very tough Welterweights in Dong Hyun Kim and John Hathaway, both looking to firmly plant themselves in the divisions top 10. Enjoy the predictions and UFC Fight Night fight card.

Fight Pass Prelims: 1-3-0

145 lbs. – Jumabieke Tuerxun (0-0 UFC) vs. Mark Eddiva (0-0 UFC) – Tuerxun via decision
Tuerxun has decent boxing skill, but Eddiva might have a slight advantage with his speed. Tuerxun will likely use his takedowns and grappling to keep top control and look for a submission finish. Wrong - Eddiva via U. decision

170 lbs. – Albert Cheng (0-0 UFC) vs. Anying Wang (0-0 UFC) – Cheng via submission
Film is limited on these fighters, but Wang seems to be more of a striker and Cheng a grappler. Wang had grappling and cardio issues in his only pro fight so Cheng will likely take control of this fight. Wrong - Wang via TKO

135 lbs. – Nam Phan (2-5 UFC) vs. Vaughan Lee (2-3 UFC) – Phan via decision Phan dropped down from Featherweight for his last fight, but lost a unanimous decision to #7 ranked Takeya Mizugaki. Lee also lost his last fight to #3 ranked Raphael Assuncao via submission in the 2nd round. On the feet Phan will have the advantage with his boxing technique and power. Lee will likely try to make this a grappling match and he has the skillset to control Phan on the ground, but Phan showed better TDD in his last fight and he’s never been submitted. I believe Phan will be the more active striker and Lee’s cardio will suffer because of it. Wrong - Lee via U. decision

155 lbs. – Kazuki Tokudome (1-1 UFC) vs. Yui Chul Nam (0-0 UFC) – Nam via TKO
Tokudome is a good striker with power, but he seriously lacks head movement which will give Nam plenty of opportunities to get the knockout. The fight should stay standing as both are strikers. Correct (Nam via S. decision)

Main Card: 2-2-0 Total MMA Predictions: 451-249-2 = 64%

145 lbs. – Hatsu Hioki (2-3 UFC) vs. Ivan Menjivar (4-3 UFC) - Hioki via decision
Hioki has lost his last 3 fights all via decision, but he’s never been outclassed and always comes with a solid grappling attack. Menjivar has lost his last 2 fights at Bantamweight so he’s moving back up to Featherweight. On the feet Menjivar might have a slight advantage with his speed and technique, but Hioki will enjoy a height and reach advantage and is truly no slouch when striking. Hioki will likely be the one to initiate a takedown and should succeed as Menjivar not only has to deal with a bigger opponent, but he’s never had great TDD to begin with. Menjivar will be aggressive and do well on the feet, but Hioki will make this a grappling match and keep dominant positions. Correct plus method

265 lbs. – Matt Mitrione (6-3 UFC) vs. Shawn Jordan (3-2 UFC) - Jordan via TKO
Mitrione lost his last fight to Brendan Schaub via 1st round submission in a bout where his grappling just wasn’t good enough. Jordan also lost his last fight to Gabriel Gonzaga via 1st round KO where Jordan seemed to simply get caught with a good punch by a man with KO power. On the feet Mitrione may enjoy a slight edge with his 7 inch reach advantage and hard kicks, but Jordan has a lot of power and he’ll be looking to get inside the reach and unload with his boxing. Jordan has solid wrestling and should be able to land a few takedowns, but he’ll have to be aware of Mitrione’s submissions. Mitrione has the tools to win this fight, but Jordan’s power and wrestling should be too much for Mitrione. Wrong - Mitrione via KO

170 lbs. – Wang Sai (0-0 UFC) vs. Zhang Lipeng (0-0 UFC) - Sai via submission
This fight is the Welterweight finals for The Ultimate Fighter: China. Sai was the first welterweight picked for his team and didn’t disappoint as he finished both opponents to advance to the finals. Lipeng was also the first welterweight picked for his team and went on to submit both opponents he faced. On the feet Sai will have the advantage as he’s more powerful and technical with his striking. Sai should also have the advantage on the ground as he has stronger takedowns, g&p and may be able to lock in a submission as Lipeng’s sub defense is rather weak. Sai will beat Lipeng in every area of the fight and should be able to get the finish. Wrong - Lipeng via S. decision

170 lbs. – Dong Hyun Kim (9-2(1) UFC) vs. John Hathaway (7-1 UFC) - Kim via decision
Kim is on a 3 fight win streak including a KO win over prospect Erick Silva that earned him KO of the night. Hathaway is also on a 3 fight win streak winning all via decision, but he didn’t fight at all in 2013 so expect some ring rust against a tough fighter like Kim. On the feet it should be a fairly even fight as both men are very similar in height, reach and striking ability. Kim may have a slight advantage in power, but Hathaway has never been KO’d so expect a back and forth striking battle. Both men also have great takedowns, but Kim will be the stronger of the two and should be able to get multiple takedowns and land his g&p. Hathaway is a very talented fighter that will give Kim some problems, but ring rust plus facing a beast like Kim will be too much for Hathaway. Correct (Kim via KO)

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