The first-ever UFC title fight on Fuel TV is set for this weekend, and with Renan Barao and Michael McDonald squaring off for the interim bantamweight belt, this fight could be one that introduces a new young star to the MMA crowd.

With Barao at 25 and McDonald at 22, these two fighters could be sitting near the top of the heap in the bantamweight division for another decade or so, and it’s incredibly rare to see two young fighters already sitting achieving such heights in the sport.

Also on the card are a couple of match-ups that could help determine the future of the UFC’s light heavyweight division, with up-and-coming fighters James Te Huna and Ryan Jimmo set to throw down and top British 205-pound prospect Jimi Manuwa taking on UFC vet Cyrille Diabate.

Rounding out the card is an incredibly exciting co-main event fight between Cub Swanson and Dustin Poirier, along with intriguing fights like Matt Riddle vs. Che Mills and Gunnar Nelson vs. Jorge Santiago.

UFC on Fuel TV 7 takes place on Feb. 16 at the Wembley Arena in London. The main card will air on Fuel TV at 3 p.m. ET, with prelims starting on Facebook at 12 p.m. ET.

The MMA Corner’s Corey Adams, Richard Wilcoxon and Vince Carey break down the entire card in this edition of the Round Table.

WW: Che Mills (15-5) vs. Matthew Riddle (7-3)

Wilcoxon: The UFC is kicking off the televised portion of this event with two former The Ultimate Fighter competitors. Matthew Riddle appeared on the seventh season of the reality series, winning his fight to get in the house but losing in the first round of the tournament. Meanwhile, many people may forget Che Mills made a short appearance on the ninth season of the show, where he lost his fight to get in the house to the eventual show winner.

Mills (James Law/Heavy MMA)

This fight will be a contrast in backgrounds. Riddle is a big kid for the weight class. He has a strong wrestling base, but has really been working on his boxing game. Riddle has shown knockout power.

Mills comes from a kickboxing background. His striking is technical and demonstrates power. However, Mills has always had a weakness on the mat.

On paper, Riddle has just about every advantage. He is bigger, a better wrestler, and has a better submission game. He should be able to take this fight to the ground and easily dominate Mills. The problem is that Riddle hasn’t always shown the best fight IQ, which makes this a much closer fight. When Riddle fought a much smaller opponent in the past where he should have used his size advantage to grind out a decision, he chose to stand and strike and barely eked out a split decision. If he makes that choice again, he will lose. I’m betting Riddle will make a better choice and wins by a decision.

Adams: This is a tough fight to call, and while Riddle may have a strength and wrestling edge, he doesn’t hold every advantage over Mills.

As Richard pointed out, Mills is a kickboxer and will have the striking advantage against Riddle. Riddle has only one knockout on his record, whereas Mills has eight to go along with only four decisions in 20 fights.

Riddle is a character liked by many, and he is a very good wrestler. Riddle could easily take Mills down and dominate this fight, but I have some question marks concerning his overall game. I’m not so sure Riddle will be able to withstand the striking of the British fighter. Mills has a vast array of strikes, including punches, knees and kicks, which will cause problems for Riddle.

Riddle (James Law/Heavy MMA)

Richard’s prediction may certainly comes true, with Riddle taking a decision win, but I’ll go out on a limb and say Mills wins by a late TKO.

Carey: A few years ago, this would look like a classic striker vs. grappler match-up, but Riddle has developed a serious love to stand and bang over his last few fights, which makes this fight a whole lot more unpredictable.

Mills should have a pretty sizeable advantage in the striking department, and his UFC debut knockout of Chris Cope proved he has the ability to finish a fight in mere seconds, but his takedown defense may be the flaw in his game that ruins this fight.

Rory MacDonald completely overwhelmed Mills when he got the British striker to the mat, and while Riddle doesn’t quite possess the top game of “Ares,” he should be able to get Mills to the canvas and grind his way to a win.

The problem is, unless Riddle sees a clear opening to finish on the mat, he has gotten into the habit of letting his opponent back to their feet to slug it out again, which could get him into some trouble if he gets hit by a big shot or two.

Despite his odd tendency to brawl, Riddle has proven to be smart enough to score key takedowns when he needs to, and I think he’ll do more of the same here. I’ll side with Mr. Wilcoxon here and taking Riddle by decision.

LHW: Ryan Jimmo (17-1) vs. James Te Huna (15-5)

Adams: One of the biggest surprises of 2012 came at UFC 149 when Ryan Jimmo knocked out Anthony Perosh in just seven seconds.

Jimmo has never been considered a guy with devastating knockout power and is more of a grinder, as evidenced by his fights in the MFC promotion. Regardless, “Big Deal” really is a big deal and is a guy who could be a top contender by the end of the year.

James Te Huna also earned a knockout over Perosh back in 2009 and is another light heavyweight that is on the rise. The Australian has only one loss since 2008, but that was against top contender Alexander Gustafsson. Te Huna has very good boxing and showed in his last bout with Joey Beltran that he is very well-rounded.

This is a tough one to call due to both men being very talented, but I’m going to lean slightly towards Te Huna. Even with Jimmo’s quick knockout, Te Huna has better striking, and if he can avoid being taken down, he can pick apart Jimmo on the feet, leading to a TKO win.

Carey: The light heavyweight division has always been one of the most stacked on the UFC roster, but with many of the top stars at 205 starting to show their age, it’s good to see fights like the one between Jimmo and Te Huna highlight the next wave of fighters in the weight class.

Both fighters are coming off an impressive performance in their last outing, but if you’re looking at who has more momentum heading into the bout, then it has to be Jimmo.

“The Real Deal’s” quick finish in his UFC debut helped silence any critics that wondered if Jimmo would be good enough to compete with the killers in one of the UFC’s most decorated weight classes. Now that he’s proved that he belongs, he can focus on winning a tough match-up and securing a shot at one of the many big-name opponents available at 205.

Jimmo definitely has the talent and wrestling skills to make this a tough fight for Te Huna if he can get it to the mat, but the New Zealander has shown a lot of explosiveness on the feet that will be hard for Jimmo to overcome.

Te Huna has earned over half of his 15 MMA wins by stopping his opponent with strikes, and you have to believe that that’s the game plan against Jimmo.

Te Huna (L) (James Law/Heavy MMA)

In the end, I’m going to agree with Corey here and take Te Huna by TKO inside of the first two rounds. Jimmo will make the fight ugly for a moment by working his wrestling attack, but eventually Te Huna is going to get back to his feet, and that’s where Jimmo will run into more trouble than he can handle.

Wilcoxon: I will be the voice of dissent. Don’t get me wrong, Te Huna has been impressive. His power punching has been one of the real joys in watching some of the emerging talent in the UFC. There is no doubt he could catch Jimmo and end his night, but I don’t think that will happen.

Jimmo hasn’t lost since his debut fight back in 2007. He has reeled off 17 straight wins with people doubting him every step of the way. He wasn’t suppose to beat Marvin Eastman, or Jesse Forbes, or Wilson Gouveia, or Zak Cummings, or Sokoudjou, and he definitely couldn’t win his UFC debut…except he beat all of those guys along the way. As my colleagues said, he has a strong wrestling game, but he balances it out with a decent striking arsenal.

This fight comes down to who has faced the better competition. And there is no comparison there. Jimmo will use his wrestling to get this fight to the ground and work ground-and-pound for all three rounds, winning a lopsided decision.

WW: Gunnar Nelson (10-0-1) vs. Jorge Santiago (25-10)

Carey: There’s a lot of hype behind Icelandic prospect Gunnar Nelson at the moment, and after this fight we should be able to figure out just how deserving Nelson is of all that praise.

Santiago (Keith Mills/Sherdog)

The young BJJ expert made his Octagon debut last September when he took out former TUF finalist DaMarques Johnson with a first-round submission, and he has a pretty good shot at continuing that success this weekend.

To earn the win however, he needs to find a way to get past talented veteran Jorge Santiago, who’s looking to earn his first UFC win since 2006.

Santiago has been on a tear outside of the UFC over the last few years, going on substantial winning streaks while fighting in both Strikeforce and Sengoku, but he’s struggled when matched up against high-caliber competition in the Octagon.

There’s no doubt that Santiago will be the toughest opponent of Nelson’s career thus far, but I’m confident that “Gunni” will be able to rise to the challenge. Santiago has a history of struggling in big fights, and since this fight will see him shift to the welterweight division after a lengthy run at middleweight, it will be interesting to see how he performs after the weight cut.

I can’t pick Nelson by submission, especially since Santiago has never been tapped in 35 career bouts, but the pressure of the Octagon and the weight cut will both play a factor in a fight that ends with Nelson getting his arm raised courtesy of a decision.

Wilcoxon: I believe the hype is justified. Nelson is the closest thing the sport of MMA has had to a prodigy since B.J. Penn. He has a background in Goju-Ryu Karate and won the Juvenile Championship title from 2003 through 2005. Nelson then changed his focus to BJJ, where he has earned a black belt under Renzo Gracie. He earned a silver medal in the 2009 Mundials for brown belt and a number of other major tournaments before ever entering MMA. In his short MMA career, he has stopped every opponent he has faced except the draw he earned in his debut, and all but one of those stoppages came in the first round. So, yes, the hype is justified.

Vince is right in saying that Santiago is the biggest challenge of Nelson’s young career. Santiago is a black belt in BJJ and has demonstrated that he can finish a fight wherever it takes place, with 10 victories coming via TKO and another 13 coming from submission. He has held numerous belts outside the UFC and has made appearances on top-10 rankings through the years.

Nelson (Paul Thatcher/Fight! Magazine)

This fight will tell us a lot about where Nelson is in his MMA development. However, I believe he will pass the test with flying colors. Nelson’s biggest weakness is wrestling, but Santiago is not the type of fighter who will attempt to grind out a decision based on wrestling prowess. With that being said, Nelson should be the better grappler and the more technically-sound striker. Nelson finishes the fight by a knockout in the second round.

Adams: The list of top prospects on this card continues, and Nelson is one of the most talented competing on Saturday.

I’m starting to hop on the hype train, and it’s hard not to. “Gunni” has won all his fights by knockout or submission, and Santiago has been knocked out six times. Santiago will be the most difficult task of Nelson’s career, sure, but Nelson should be the favorite coming in.

My hunch is that Santiago weathers the storm early in the first round, but Nelson comes back in either the late first or early second round to get the win via knockout.

LHW: Cyrille Diabate (19-8-1) vs. Jimi Manuwa (12-0)

Adams: UFC on Fuel TV 7 is filled with talented up-and-coming fighters, and one of the standouts is Jimi Manuwa.

Jimi Manuwa (WWBRD.com)

Manuwa can be summed up in one word: explosive. All 12 of the 32-year-old’s wins have come by way of knockout or submission, with all but one being knockouts. “Poster Boy” carried his regional MMA success to the UFC by earning a doctor’s stoppage over Kyle Kingsbury, and in doing so sent a message to the light heavyweight division. After his recent dominant performances, there’s no sign of slowing Manuwa.

But if anyone is capable of stopping the run of Manuwa, it could be the veteran Cyrille Diabate. “The Snake” has been competing since 1999 and has been on a roll lately, winning his previous two fights. Diabate has eight knockouts on his record, but is more of a grappler, which could serve as a disadvantage against a feared striker like Manuwa.

My gut tells me Diabate will be able to take Manuwa down once or twice, but as the fight goes to the second round, Manuwa will catch Diabate and claim his second UFC victory.

Wilcoxon: On the feet, this will be one of the most exciting fights of the night. Both men have proven to have knockout power and great striking prowess.

Diabate has a kickboxing background. He secured 41 victories in that sport before turning to MMA. Since transitioning to MMA, he has worked to round out his skills and is slowly learning the grappling game.

Manuwa had a troubled youth, constantly getting into fights. He was expelled from schools, tossed out of nightclubs, and even did a short stint in jail. He has now turned his life around thanks to MMA. He has devastating power, evidenced by 11 of his 12 wins coming via TKO.

Diabate (Jeff Sherwood/Sherdog)

On the mat, Diabate probably has the advantage. On the feet, he may be more technical, but isn’t as explosive as Manuwa. I think Diabate’s kickboxing background actually works against him here, as he will have the confidence to stand with Manuwa. Manuwa will eventually catch him and end the fight early.

Carey: Diabate’s striking background is going to help him tremendously in this fight, but it’s still going to be incredibly risky for “The Snake” to get into striking exchanges with the heavy-hitting Manuwa.

The beating that Manuwa put on Kingsbury is his UFC debut was absolutely brutal, and the power he delivers with every strike makes him a really tough match-up for Diabate.

“The Snake’s’’’ durability has never been an issue and he’s incredibly hard to finish on the feet, but if he gets rocked a few times, then Manuwa will have a decent chance at jumping on top of him and working towards a finish.

However, Diabate is a bit more technical with his stand-up. If he uses his long reach advantage and keeps Manuwa on the outside, he has a decent chance to do some damage and pick “The Poster Boy” apart.

Manuwa is a notoriously fast starter. If he puts the pressure on Diabate right away, it’s going to be tough for “The Snake” to establish that range. If this fight goes into the latter rounds, Diabate could easily take it, but I’m siding with my fellow panelists here and taking Manuwa by knockout.

FW: Dustin Poirier (13-2) vs. Cub Swanson (18-5)

Wilcoxon: This is the fight I am most excited about on this card. It features two of the top featherweights fighting for their chance to get a shot at the title.

Poirier (top) rains punches (Esther Lin/MMA Fighting)

Cub Swanson has been an absolute terror recently. Since the start of 2008, he is 7-3 with his losses coming only to the best of the division (Ricardo Lamas, Chad Mendes and current champion Jose Aldo). He has won his last three fights with devastating knockouts. But Swanson isn’t just a knockout artist, he is a complete fighter. He can wrestle, strike with power and technique, and submit his opponents.

Dustin Poirier is the same type of fighter. He is well-rounded and can win the fight anywhere. He is 6-1 in his last seven fights and is only a loss to “The Korean Zombie” away from having already become the No. 1 contender for the belt.

This fight is really a coin toss and could end anywhere and anytime. Swanson has momentum right now that has given him great confidence. Because of that, I am taking him to edge out Poirier by a split decision in what will be the “Fight of the Night.”

Carey: This is my favorite to win that bonus award, and there’s little doubt that Swanson and Poirier are going to put on a show this weekend.

Swanson’s recent string of knockouts have made him one of the most feared fighters in the entire featherweight division, but he still needs a big win or two to get into a suddenly crowded title picture at 145.

If he can take out Poirier, it would add a huge name to his impressively growing resume, but Poirier is one of the toughest fighters in the entire division and has an equally good chance to throw himself back into the title mix.

As Richard said, Poirier was on a serious roll before he was taken out by “The Korean Zombie” last year and has an all-around game to give Swanson a lot of trouble wherever the fight goes.

Swanson (Paul Thatcher/Fight! Magazine)

I had a tough time picking the winner of this one, and I almost used Richard’s coin-toss analogy literally and just threw up a quarter, but my gut tells me Poirier has the talent to squeak by with a decision here in one of the most anticipated bouts on the card.

Adams: My fellow writers have laid out this fight perfectly, and it really is a coin-flip fight. When it comes to the division, this is a huge bout for both Swanson and Poirier, which makes it much more intriguing aside from the match-up itself.

It’s really difficult to grant one man the edge in both the striking and grappling. Swanson is powerful in his strikes, while Poirier is very crisp and technical. On the ground, both have a similar amount of submissions with many different holds.

This fight will showcase both the striking and grappling of the two featherweights. I agree with Richard and Vince that this is the favorite to win “Fight of the Night,” and it will be nonstop action.

Swanson and Poirier love to finish fights early, but this one will be a grueling battle. A decision is likely, but if Poirier can take Swanson to the ground late in the fight, it could result in Swanson picking up the fourth submission loss of his career. “The Diamond” wins by third-round submission.

BW Interim Championship: Renan Barao (29-1) vs. Michael McDonald (15-1)

Carey: With bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz stuck on the sidelines until at least late summer, interim kingpin Renan Barao has a chance to keep bolstering his resume while he waits for the champion to get healthy for a title unification bout.

Barao (R) throws a kick (James Law/Heavy MMA)

Barao already proved he was the real deal when he used his quickness and counters to completely nullify Urijah Faber’s offense in their interim title bout at UFC 149, but he won’t be able to call himself the best bantamweight in the world unless he keeps taking care of business in the cage and eventually defeats Cruz.

However, all of that is obviously much easier said than done, and his first title defense against Michael McDonald is anything but a certain victory.

McDonald has been one of the most exciting prospects to enter MMA over the last few years, and with many of the top contenders at bantamweight dropping down to 125-pounds over the last 12 months, he’s found himself on a fast track towards a UFC title.

“Mayday” has been on a roll since coming over from the WEC a couple years ago, going on a four-fight winning streak and earning his last two wins in impressive fashion by first-round knockout. His last fight, in which he took out former champion Miguel Torres in just over three minutes, earned him this shot at the belt. And, at 22 years old, he has a chance to become the youngest champion in UFC history.

For the record, I think McDonald is a fantastic fighter, and I firmly believe that he’s going to be a UFC champion one day. However, that day won’t be Feb. 16. Barao just has too much on the feet for McDonald to handle right now, and unless “Mayday” lands a serious haymaker or two, he’s probably not going to win this bout via striking. Throw in Barao’s insane ability to shake off takedown attempts, and suddenly this doesn’t seem like the best match-up for McDonald at the moment.

I don’t think Barao will do enough to earn a stoppage, but he should out-strike “Mayday” for all five rounds and earn a clear-cut decision.

Adams: This is a great title bout between the top two bantamweights (outside of the sidelined Cruz) in the world. Sadly, this fight is being overlooked. Due to the skill level of both Barao and McDonald, we have a great fight in store.

When breaking down Barao, it’s nearly impossible to find a blemish in his game. The Brazilian has lost one out of 30 fights, and that was in his professional debut in 2005. Do the math and that’s a 30-fight winning streak.

McDonald is a guy that has exploded onto the scene, but he as handled himself well since rising to the top. Choosing to sit back and wait to get back in the cage, “Mayday” now has a title fight in front of him, which is incredible for being only 22 years old.

I agree with Vince 100 percent that McDonald will be a champion one day, but that he will need a bit more experience to have a belt secured around his waist.

McDonald (top) (Esther Lin/MMA Fighting)

Barao has been in many three-round fights and one five-round title fight, which will be the key to victory. If Barao can avoid the early pressure from McDonald, he’ll have his hand raised and retain the belt by taking McDonald into deep water and winning via decision.

Wilcoxon: McDonald is truly one of the most fun and exciting fighters to watch. His varied striking has had me on the edge of my seat many times. But as skilled and as dangerous as he is, I don’t see a way he can win. Obviously, I don’t mean he has no chance. He will always have a puncher’s or kicker’s chance to knock out anyone. What I mean is that I see no way to favor him in this fight.

Barao is one of the fastest fighters in the sport. His quickness and elusiveness has stopped some of the best fighters in the business. He has amazing timing on his counter-striking and if he gets it to the ground, he is just as amazing. He is quick in the transitions and has a great submission game.

Barao has also faced better competition and has done better against common opponents. When you mix in the fact that McDonald has been sidelined since last April recovering from an injury, I really see this as a fight Barao will win. Barao stops McDonald in the third round.

Preliminary Card
FlyW: Ulysses Gomez (9-3) vs. Phil Harris (21-10)

Wilcoxon: Both flyweights are looking for a rebound after coming off losses. Phil Harris is much more experienced and may have an advantage on the feet. However, both fighters will want this fight to hit the mat. On the ground, Ulysses Gomez will have a slight advantage. Gomez wins this with a second-round submission.

Adams: I’m going with Gomez as well. Even though he lost to John Moraga in his UFC debut, “Useless” is still one of the top 125-pound fighters in the world. Both men will look to strike early, but eventually this will go to the mat, where Gomez will lock up a submission—I’ll say a rear-naked choke.

Carey: Make it three for three—Gomez is earning the win here. I don’t think anyone realized just how talented Moraga was when he took out Gomez last year, but now that Moraga has made a decent name for himself at 125, the loss doesn’t look quite as bad. Throw in all of the success Gomez had prior to his UFC debut, and I think he has the tools to get the job done against Harris, despite the Brit’s homefield advantage.

BW: Vaughan Lee (12-8-1) vs. Motonobu Tezuka (19-5-4)

Adams: Vaughan Lee will have the opportunity to fight in his native England, and he needs a win here after falling to TJ Dillashaw. Motonobu Tezuka, a Japanese fighter, has been successful in both Pancrase and Dream, but lost by split decision in his UFC debut against Alex Caceres. I’m going with Lee to submit Tezuka late in the fight.

Carey: Lee surprised a lot of people when he tapped out “Kid” Yamamoto last year, but after seeing him get completely dominated by Dillashaw in July, it’s tough to imagine that Lee is going to become a title contender anytime soon. On the flipside, Tezuka didn’t exactly impress in his debut against Caceres either, and he needs a win in a big way if he wants to keep his UFC roster spot. This could end up being a pretty fun fight, but eventually I see this going the same way as Corey suggested. Lee by submission in the third.

Wilcoxon: Tezuka has been successful throughout his career, but isn’t much of a finisher. Lee, on the other hand, is a finisher. Lee is more athletic and will end this fight.

MW: Stanislav Nedkov (12-0) vs. Tom Watson (15-5)

Carey: With the UFC adding a ton of middleweights to its roster with Strikeforce crossovers and the new TUF cast, this fight may end up being a “loser-goes-home” bout. Both fighters are skilled in all areas, but Tom Watson seriously underperformed in his first UFC bout, yet I don’t think the Octagon jitters will hit him quite as hard the second time around. Stanislav Nedkov will be a game opponent, but eventually Watson is going to take control and eventually earn himself a TKO finish.

Wilcoxon: This will be a great battle. Watson will be the bigger fighter and may possess a little more punching power. Nedkov is well-rounded and will hold an advantage on the ground. Watson did underperform in is last outing. This will be a great fight, but Watson is returning to fight in front of his countrymen and he will want a better showing. Watson wins late by KO.

Adams: I agree with points made by both Vince and Richard that this is a good match-up of two up-and-coming middleweights. When it comes to striking, the match-up is very even. Combined, Nedkov and Watson have 13 knockouts, and it could be 14 for one of them after Saturday. However, I think this will be a grueling fight that goes the distance. I, too, have Watson winning by staying smart on his feet, taking the fight to the ground when needed, and getting his hand raised in the end.

FW: Josh Grispi (14-4) vs. Andy Ogle (8-2)

Adams: This is a match-up of one fighter who was once at the top of the heap against a guy who wants to get to that point and stay there. Josh Grispi was once a contender in the 145-pound division, but has now lost three straight. Andy Ogle is a talented and tough British fighter, but this is a must-win situation for Grispi, and he finds a way to earn the decision.

Wilcoxon: Grispi is a fighter who has lost his way. Before his recent slide, he had finished eight opponents in a row in the first round, including several recognizable names. He has a ton of talent, but hasn’t handled adversity well. Ogle is a tough UK fighter, but he isn’t the most technical. Grispi has the talent to win this one, but he may lack the confidence. This is a crucial rebound fight for Grispi, where a loss could find him out of the UFC. Grispi wins by a late submission to save his career.

Carey: Ogle’s toughness has been brought up by both of my colleagues, and I think that may be his biggest asset heading into this fight. Most of Grispi’s wins have come in the first round throughout his MMA career, but if he comes after Ogle looking to finish the fight early, then he could run into trouble when the Brit finds a way to survive. I think Ogle weathers an early storm here and comes from behind to win the final two rounds by a close decision

LW: Danny Castillo (14-5) vs. Paul Sass (13-1)

Wilcoxon: Paul Sass is a submission superstar. He has won 12 of his fights by submission, so it was a little bit of a shock when Matt Wiman stopped him and submitted him. Danny Castillo is a solid wrestler and a well-rounded MMA fighter. While Castillo has more ways in which he could win, I believe Sass gets back on the winning track with a late submission.

Carey: Castillo is a strong wrestler and usually uses his top game pretty well in his fights, but unless you have top-notch submission defense it’s almost suicide to jump into Sass’ guard.
Castillo is probably going to want to keep this on the feet, but Sass isn’t afraid to pull guard or dive after limbs, and eventually he’s going to drag this fight to the mat. From there, Sass can use his aggressiveness and unorthodox guard to lock in a submission and take home a quick victory.

Adams: This is a great lightweight match-up between a well-rounded wrestler in Castillo and a submission ace in Sass. Sass is capable of submitting Castillo, but I tend to think Castillo will control the Brit and earn a decision. “Last Call” looked great in the first round against Michael Johnson, but ended up getting knocked out in the second. I hear Castillo has been working with Nate Diaz in preparation for this fight, along with Team Alpha Male, which will help him bounce back.

LW: Terry Etim (15-4 vs. Renee Forte (7-2)

Carey: Renee Forte is trying to earn his first career Octagon win against a longtime UFC veteran in Terry Etim this weekend, and unless he suddenly becomes a force with his drop to lightweight, I don’t see him getting another call back to the cage after this one. The Brit has the tools to finish this fight both standing and on the mat, but Etim’s ground game has been his strong point inside the Octagon thus far and he’ll likely continue to try to utilize it. This one will be over quick, and Etim is walking away with a first-round submission

Adams: I’m taking Etim in this fight as well. Many don’t realize that he has been with the UFC since 2007. He will want to make up for his knockout loss to Edson Barboza. The reach advantage will come into play for Etim, and he will earn a submission after rocking Forte on the feet.

Wilcoxon: At just 5-foot-8, Forte will be giving up a huge reach advantage to Etim. Add that to the difference in the level of competition faced and Etim’s sick ground game, and I think you know where I am going. Etim ends this fight in the second with a rear-naked choke.

Top Photo: Michael McDonald (Jeff Sherwood/Sherdog)

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Vince Carey
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Vince Carey has been writing about the sport of mixed martial arts since 2010. Although he is just 21 years old, the Omaha-based writer is looking to provide readers with interesting content on all things related to MMA.