It is once again time for The MMA Corner Round Table. For this installment, Jason Schielke, Bryan Henderson and Brian McKenna will be giving their predictions, thoughts and brain seepage for all the undercard action that will be taking place on UFC on FX 1 from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.

The undercard is full of fighters you may have never heard of, fighters who have never stepped foot inside the Octagon, fighters who may be on your radar, and possibly fighters you may never see again. But, as you are aware, fights featuring UFC newcomers can steal the show, as they are always looking to impress the UFC brass in hopes of getting an invitation to fight for the promotion once again.

Also, you can’t forget about the veterans on the card who could possibly be fighting for their job. Daniel Roberts and Jorge Rivera have lost their last two bouts, and Eric Schafer has gone 3-5 during his stints in the UFC. If any of these fighters lose, they could very easily be packing their bags and heading back to the regional circuit.

Who knows, they may be able to carpool with Anthony Johnson.

But without any further ado, let’s get on to the predictions.

LW: Fabricio Camoes (13-6-1) vs. Tom Hayden (8-0)

Henderson: In this fight, we have a UFC veteran in Fabricio Camoes who makes his return to the Octagon following two bouts, both against fellow UFC vets, on the regional circuit. He entered the bout as a replacement for Rafaello Oliveira and was to fight Reza Madadi, but within a week of fight time, Madadi withdrew as well, leading to an opening for the debuting Tom Hayden.

Hayden does have bragging rights as an undefeated fighter and holds a win over Strikeforce veteran and TUF 14 alum Dustin Neace, but he’s got a hard debut in front of him. Beyond his victory over Neace, the Team Jorge Gurgel fighter has faced sub-par competition, with only one other foe who now sits above the .500 mark. In addition, he’s fought at featherweight in the past, likely meaning he’ll be the smaller guy in the Octagon come Friday night.

Meanwhile, Camoes has only lost to legitimate competition (including Anderson Silva, way back in 1997). Camoes has posted wins over the likes of Efrain Escudero and Steve Lopez, while fighting to a draw with Caol Uno. It’s hard to look at that experience and not see Camoes as the clear victor in this match-up.

Fabricio Camoes (Jeff Sherwood/Sherdog)

Hayden’s only advantage will come from Camoes having little time to game plan for him. I don’t think that’ll be a huge factor though, as Camoes will bring a size advantage and a huge edge in experience to the cage. While Hayden is still trying to overcome Octagon jitters, Camoes will be well on his way to a victory. Given Hayden’s five career wins via submission, I’ll say Camoes looks to keep this standing and earns the TKO win midway through the fight.

McKenna: I have a similar opinion to that of Bryan on this fight, as I believe that the experience edge that Camoes brings into the cage will likely be the deciding factor. Holding an 8-0 record is all well and good, but doing it against the competition that has been laid out doesn’t really truly tell how good he is. His highest profile win is against Neace, and the best thing that you can really say about Neace is that he has been on the big stage, but he lost his only fight with Strikeforce and his only UFC fight.

I am not trying to say that Camoes is the second coming, but he clearly has the experience edge on his opponent and knows what it is like to fight on the big stage, having spent a good amount of time with Strikeforce before his first stint with the UFC. Now that he is coming off of two victories with Tachi Palace Fights to get his head on straight, I suspect that he will be back and that he will cruise to victory, submitting Hayden sometime in the second after he spends the first round softening up his opponent.

Schielke: Just like Brian stated, having an undefeated record looks impressive, until you look at who they defeated to get that record. It’s kind of like the up-and-coming boxer with a glossy 20-0 record, but they got that record by beating up cans and shot fighters. That’s the sort of situation we have here with Hayden.

Camoes, like it has already been stated, has a huge advantage in both experience and quality of opposition. Combine that with the fact that he is the more well-rounded fighter, and Camoes should be in for an easy night.

I see this fight being dictated any way of Camoes’ choosing. If he wants to keep the fight standing, he would be able to control Hayden with his striking. If the fight hits the ground, I don’t see Camoes having any problems there either. Camoes, the 12-year veteran, will win via however he wants.

BW: Joseph Sandoval (6-1) vs. Nick Denis (10-2)

McKenna: We first saw Joseph Sandoval on the final UFC on Versus card, where he lost in his debut fight with the promotion in quick fashion against Walel Watson. Unfortunately, not a whole lot is known about Sandoval other than the fact that he went 6-0 in the local scene prior to that fight. If anything, this fight is likely a make-or-break fight for Sandoval, because in the dog-eat-dog world of MMA, his back is likely against the wall. That first fight went by so quickly that he didn’t get to truly showcase his abilities. I’m not saying that a loss in this fight would result in the pink slip for the Texan, but if he does come away in defeat, he must put in a strong showing where he not only displays his abilities, but his heart and desire.

Squaring off with Sandoval will be UFC newcomer Nick Denis, who has fought internationally with Sengoku prior to this fight. He was a participant in the Japanese promotion’s 2009 featherweight grand prix, where he made it to the second round only to come up short by losing to Marlon Sandro. The former King of the Cage Canada bantamweight champion has showcased his striking throughout his career and holds a black belt in Kyokushin kaikan, which is similar to karate. Alongside that belt, he holds a purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, which makes him a dangerous opponent.

Nick Denis (Daniel Herbertson/Sherdog)

I don’t think this fight will go very long, as Sandoval will come out trying to prove a point that the last fight was a fluke, rather than just coming out and focusing on the task at hand. Due to that, he is going to leave himself open and Denis will capitalize with a TKO victory halfway through the first round.

Schielke: Sandoval had a lot of success feasting on opponents in Shark Fights. Then he entered the UFC and pretty much got embarrassed in his debut. He will have a chance of redeeming himself Friday night against Denis.

Like Brian stated, Denis had success fighting in Canada, only to falter when he fought in the Sengoku promotion.

I see Sandoval coming out looking to prove that he is better than the fighter that showed up in his UFC debut, but I don’t think his best is going to be good enough. Not only does Denis have experience against better opposition, but Denis has two other things going for him: his nickname (The Ninja of Love) and the fact that he won his last fight via a chokeslam.

Yes, a professional fighter actually won a fight with a chokeslam. Seriously, how can you go against a guy who has one of the most awesome nicknames in MMA and won a fight with a chokeslam?

I am going to pick Denis to win this bout via second-round Stone Cold Stunner. All kidding aside, I do see him winning his UFC debut in impressive fashion. Denis will find a home for the massive power he has in his hands late first round, score a brutal knockout and take home Knockout of the Night honors.

Henderson: Nineteen seconds with Marlon Sandro or 77 seconds with Walel Watson, which is better? Both of these men have been finished, and finished in quick fashion, in the biggest fights of their careers. Maybe it was best they both got that out of the way.

Sandoval is another one of those fighters who has a nice shiny record, until you look at his opposition. His crowning achievement was a win over the 10-7 Bellator veteran Douglas Frey.

Nicknames aside, Nick Denis has chosen to challenge himself against a higher level of competition. He hasn’t always fared well, as evidenced by his quick KO loss against Sandro and a second-round submission defeat at the hands of Yuji Hoshino, but the experience is at least something.

This is a chance for Sandoval to finally post a significant win, but he hasn’t exactly shown an ability to finish his opponents, even those of a much lower skill level. Three rounds gives Denis fifteen minutes to find a way to submit Sandoval, and I think he’ll succeed. The two keep it interesting for the first two stanzas before Denis finds an opening and coaxes a tapout from Sandoval in the third frame.

FW: Daniel Pineda (15-7) vs. Pat Schilling (5-0)

Schielke: I must be completely honest here; I know next to nothing about either Daniel Pineda or Pat Schilling.

However, there is one thing I do know about these fighters that should make everyone excited to see these two featherweights go at it. In their combined 27 fights, they have only gone the distance once, and that was Pineda losing a decision to Roberto Vargas at Bellator 6. Also, the two fighters have a combined seven knockouts and 13 submission victories to their credit.

Daniel Pineda (Andy Hemingway/Sherdog)

Without knowing too much about these fighters, I’m going to lean towards Schilling in this fight. From what I was able to find, Schilling is a beast on the ground. Neither fighter has shown explosive striking abilities in the past, so I believe this fight will be contested on the mat. Considering four of Schilling’s wins have came by submission, and six of Pineda’s losses have came by submission, I am going out on a limb here and saying that Schilling will win his UFC debut via second-round submission.

Henderson: Does a 5-0 record really mean that much when the combined record of your opponents includes twice as many losses as wins? That’s what we’re looking at with Schilling. While he has posted five first-round stoppages, only one of his foes sports a winning record, and his last victory came over an opponent with an 0-7 career mark. Color me unimpressed.

Who knows, Schilling could prove me wrong and indeed be the beast on the mat that Jason suggests, but I always take a fighter’s level of competition into account. Until Schilling proves that he can beat a legitimate opponent, I’m going to have my doubts.

While Pineda has yet to prove that he’s a top featherweight, the one thing he has managed to do is defeat competition that lands on the winning side of the .500 mark. All of the victories in his current five-fight winning streak have come against opponents with winning records.

I see this going in favor of the former Legacy FC featherweight champ, as Pineda wins an entertaining scrap via TKO.

McKenna: I, along with Jason, had to do some research for this particular fight, and the first thing that stood out to me is the fact that both of these guys are making their Octagon debuts. Typically, that makes me salivate and start licking my chops because it means that you have two fighters who are hungry and ready to make their lasting impression on the fan base, which usually leads to fireworks.

But as far as who I am picking in this fight, I have to agree with Bryan and pick Pineda because of mostly what he said, but, to piggyback on it, Schilling’s longest fight has gone three minutes and two seconds, which leads me to believe that the 23-year-old has never really struggled at all in his career, which is something that “The Pit” has gone through. I don’t want to say that “Thrilling” Schilling will panic if he gets hit with a few good shots, but considering he likely has never had to battle and rally back in a fight scares me away from picking him. Because of this, I’m going to go with a late first-round TKO victory for Pineda.

WW: Charlie Brenneman (14-3) vs. Daniel Roberts (12-3)

McKenna: In his recent MMA career, Charlie Brenneman has been on a roller coaster and recently had a high and a low. He was able to surprise everyone by defeating Rick Story by decision after he didn’t think he would be fighting on the card, only to get absolutely dominated his last time out by “Rumble” Johnson. The style of fight that he brought to Story is the type of fight that he excels at, a wrestling-based battle. “The Spaniard” has a background in wrestling, and it shows. His three victories in the UFC have come via the judges’ scorecards and he hasn’t really shown anyone that you need to respect his striking ability. Sure, he has five knockout victories in his career, but considering they all happened on local circuit shows tells me that it was either due to the fact that he was significantly better at wrestling and imposed his will to a TKO, or that he caught his opponent.

Across the cage will be Daniel Roberts, who has not exactly had the UFC career he had hoped to have. Roberts came into the promotion with a perfect 9-0 record and was quickly humbled after John Howard knocked him out in just over two minutes. From there, his record shows that he won three straight fights, but if you want to dive deeper, you will learn that they are against three fighters who are no longer with the promotion as Forrest Petz and Greg Soto were released and Mike Guymon has since retired. I understand that you have to fight the guy in front of you, but when the competition gets tougher you really have to step up and defeat the competition to stay relevant. Well, with the tougher competition, Roberts has faltered, losing two straight.

In the world of the UFC, losing two straight fights is where you are treading water. Typically, the third loss in a row is when you get handed your walking papers, and if you ask me, I think that Roberts will have had his last fight in the UFC on Friday night. I don’t think that this fight will be very entertaining, unfortunately, as the former high school teacher Charlie Brenneman earns another win by decision.

Henderson: While I agree with Brian’s prediction on the outcome of the bout, I don’t share his view on the entertainment value of this fight. Roberts has shown that he’ll go for submissions off of his back, and I think Brenneman will likely keep Roberts in that spot for a majority of this fight. That could lead to Brenneman finding himself in some bad spots should he make a small mistake. I don’t think Roberts can submit Brenneman, mind you, but he’ll definitely try.

Look for this fight to be a good rebound match-up for Brenneman, as he should be able to avoid those submission attempts and grind on Roberts for the entire 15 minutes. His only career losses have come to John Howard, Johny Hendricks and Anthony Johnson. Johnson was big for a welterweight, Howard has already shown himself to be better than Roberts and Hendricks has proven his fists beyond just the TKO of Brenneman. To me, all three of those opponents rate higher than Roberts. Meanwhile, the adversaries that Brenneman has notched victories over in his time with the UFC all fall into the same territory on the UFC ladder as Roberts occupies.

Brenneman controls where this fight takes place for the full three rounds, stifling Roberts’ attempts at offense and earning a unanimous decision victory in the process.

Schielke: I have to agree with Bryan about the entertainment value of this bout. Roberts is incredibly explosive early on in his fights, but his cardio, or lack thereof, always seems to be his downfall.

Brenneman, as Brian stated, will more than likely look to get this fight to the ground in a hurry. Roberts does have a solid ground game, but Brenneman is so good at defending against submissions and controlling his opponent with his wrestling.

Robert’s best chance in this fight will be early on. If he can connect with Brenneman’s chin, he will be able to save his UFC career. Unfortunately for the “Ninja,” I don’t see this happening. Expect to see Brenneman flex his mad wrestling skills, do just enough to keep the fight on the mat, possibly beat up Roberts late in the fight, and leave the Octagon with a unanimous decision.

LW: Kamal Shalorus (7-1-2) vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov (16-0)

Henderson: There are a few really intriguing bouts on this preliminary card, but I’d have to rank this lightweight showdown between Shalorus and UFC newcomer Khabib Nurmagomedov as the prelim bout I’m most looking forward to.

Shalorus has an amazing wrestling pedigree that usually assures that his fights will take place wherever he wants them. Unfortunately, he often chooses to use those world-class skills to keep the fight standing and throw haymakers in search of a huge knockout. While this approach has given him four career wins via some form of knockout, he’s only managed a single TKO in Zuffa-owned promotions. Meanwhile, he’s grinded out two decision victories, fought to a draw and lost via TKO.

Now, we get to see him against possibly the biggest challenge to his takedown defense in Nurmagomedov. The 23-year-old is a two-time combat sambo world champion with a knack for nailing double-leg takedowns. This guy is one of the top European prospects and it’ll be interesting to see how he fares against Shalorus.

It all boils down to how Nurmagomedov will handle the Octagon jitters and Shalorus’ bombs-away approach. As a two-time world champ in sambo, Nurmagomedov will match world-class sambo skills against Shalorus’ world-class wrestling. If he can avoid Shalorus’ haymakers, he should have the advantage in finishing ability (he’s scored six (T)KO’s and six submissions over the course of his career).

Khabib Nurmagomedov (ProFC)

Shalorus will provide Nurmagomedov with a stiff first test inside the Octagon, but I think we’re looking at a chance for the newcomer to show that he belongs here. It’ll be a razor-close fight, but I say Nurmagomedov grinds his way to a decision victory.

Schielke: Every time Shalorus steps inside the cage, all we seem to hear about is his world-class wrestling. However, his wrestling prowess has seldom ever been seen in any of his fights. As Bryan stated, Shalorus relies on his dangerous, but not very technical, striking in hopes of knocking his opponent senseless. But in this fight, he may have no choice but to put his wrestling skills on display against Nurmagomedov.

Nurmagomedov will be entering the Octagon for the first time, while sporting an undefeated professional record. Also as Bryan stated, Nurmagomedov has a top-notch sambo game. Although he has scored an equal amount of TKO and submission victories, I believe this match will be contested on the ground.

I expect to see incredible grappling displayed by Shalorus and Nurmagomedov. What we don’t know is if Shalorus has any sort of finishing ability on the ground. On the other hand, Nurmagomedov has proven he can end a fight via submission. If Shalorus doesn’t catch Nurmagomedov early with one of his wild bombs, which I don’t think he will, he is going to be in a world of trouble. I see Nurmagomedov walking out of the Octagon with his first career victory by a wider than expected decision.

McKenna: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: a loss on a fighter’s career does wonders for them. Prior to his last fight, Shalorus had never suffered defeat even though he had gone through two draws in his career. Although the famous quote says that “a tie is like kissing your sister,” it isn’t enough to really make you go back to your camp and reevaluate things. Maybe it was the jitters of fighting on the grandest stage of them all, or maybe it was the fact that he just lost to the better fighter in that fight, but you have to figure that the Iranian was humbled in defeat.

I understand the hype behind Nurmagomedov, and even though Bryan and Jason picked him to win this fight, I am going to go the other way. As it has also been highlighted, Shalorus has world-class wrestling abilities and has apparently been too stubborn and focused on his striking to use it. Well, after losing the way he did in his last fight, it will be back to basics for “World Class” as he proves to the world that his wrestling abilities live up to his nickname when he takes the judges’ decision and returns to his winning ways. I am sure he would love to have another knockout victory, but ultimately a victory is more important, no matter how he gets it.

MW: Jorge Rivera (19-9) vs. Eric Schafer (12-6-2)

Schielke: In a battle between two middleweight journeymen, Jorge Rivera and Eric Schafer will be squaring off in what could potentially become a “loser leaves town” match.

Rivera has proven over the years that he is as game as they come. He has taken on the likes of Rich Franklin, Anderson Silva, Chris Leben and Michael Bisping, to name a few. While he was on the losing end of each of those matches, he still put up a good, entertaining fight. However, he has lost his last two outings in the UFC.

Schafer has had a roller coaster of a career. He has done well outside the UFC, but always seems to falter inside the Octagon. In his last four fights, Schafer has gone 1-3, with all three losses coming in his fights with the UFC, and his lone win coming against someone you have never heard of at XFC 41.

I believe this fight is going to come down to Rivera’s striking versus Schafer’s submissions. All but six of Rivera’s 19 career victories have come by (T)KO, and Schafer has pulled off eight submissions in his 12 victories.

Eric Schafer (Keith Mills/Sherdog)

If this fight hits the ground, Schafer will give Rivera some major problems with his relentless submission attempts. On the other hand, Rivera has the power to end a fight with one punch. My gut is telling me that Rivera is going to come out like a man possessed, and he will catch Schafer early in the first round to score the TKO victory.

McKenna: Jason is on point with his breakdown of this fight. I, too, would expect the loser of this fight to be handed their walking papers, and honestly, I am a little surprised to see that Schafer is still with the promotion. He is currently on his third stint with the UFC, and this is because he replaced an injured Nick Catone at UFC 136 on short notice. It speaks volumes that he was able to come in on a short camp and take Aaron Simpson to a decision, but the major reason that this is his third time under contract with the UFC has to do with the fact that the 34-year-old just doesn’t really have what it takes to compete at this level. The only reason that he has another fight with the promotion has to be because he did them a favor by taking that fight on short notice.

Win or lose, I don’t see Rivera’s career going on a whole lot longer. At the age of 39, he has a long way to go to even be considered for a title shot, which should be the last thing on his mind considering he has dropped two straight. But a great way to go out would be for him to earn the knockout, which is something that he has done plenty of times in his career. It isn’t much of a surprise, because the Team Sityodtong fighter enters the cage with a background in boxing.

Even though Schafer holds nine submission victories in his career, I don’t see that playing much of a factor here. I don’t want to sound like a homer here, but Rivera will be able to keep the fight standing, slowly starting to pick apart Schafer and sending him back to the minor leagues for good.

Henderson: Maybe it’s just me, but I think my fellow panelists aren’t giving “Red” enough credit here. Sure, he’s lost three of his last four, but let’s remember that two of those defeats came at light heavyweight against solid wrestlers. Schafer’s only loss since shifting to 185 pounds has come against Aaron Simpson, also a well-versed wrestler.

I see this as a fairly even affair. Rivera holds the striking edge, while Schafer looks to be the superior grappler. If this fight hits the mat, Rivera could be in trouble. Meanwhile, Schafer won’t have to deal with being at a disadvantage in the wrestling department, as he was against Jason Brilz, Ryan Bader and Simpson.

Where does that leave us in this match-up? Well, Schafer did suffer back-to-back losses to Stephan Bonnar and Michael Bisping, strikers who can hold their own (or more) on the ground. While Rivera is at least a level below those two when it comes to grappling skills, he does offer the same striking-heavy attack.

Neither of these two men are on the fast track to a title shot, and neither is getting any younger. Rivera did have the more recent surge of the two, and does have the better resume. Based on those facts and Schafer’s struggles against Bonnar and Bisping, I’ll give Rivera the edge in this bout: his fists finish the job in the second round, as he scores a TKO stoppage of Schafer.

Top Photo: Jorge Rivera (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

This piece was authored by Jason Schielke. You can find Jason on Twitter: @JasonSchielke