It’s a Fourth of July weekend card for the UFC, and the promotion is bringing the fireworks back to Las Vegas with a stacked lineup for UFC 162.

The card is headlined by a major title fight. MMA legend and pound-for-pound king Anderson Silva returns to the cage to face arguably his toughest test to date when top contender, Chris Weidman, steps in to face Goliath himself.

In the co-main event, former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar will also make his return to the cage looking for his first win in three fights. Edgar’s first non-title fight opponent in three and a half years will be Charles Oliveira, who is looking to break a losing streak of his own.

Also on this main card will be two more middleweight fights with Mark Munoz squaring off with Tim Boetsch and Tim Kennedy facing fellow UFC newcomer Roger Gracie. Rounding out the card will be the leadoff fight between Dennis Siver and top featherweight contender Cub Swanson.

UFC 162 takes place on July 6 in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena with the preliminary card airing on YouTube and Facebook at 7 p.m. ET, the televised prelims on FX at 8 p.m. ET and the main card airing live on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET.

Here are the breakdown and predictions for the entire fight card for UFC 162 by The MMA Corner’s very own panel of Dan Kuhl, Corey Adams and Sal DeRose in this edition of the Round Table.

FW: Dennis Siver (21-8) vs. Cub Swanson (19-5)

Adams: The first of two featherweight bouts on the main card will feature two streaky fighters as German striker Dennis Siver takes on former WEC contender Cub Swanson.

Swanson (Paul Thatcher/Fight! Magazine)

Since moving down to 145 pounds following a loss to Donald Cerrone in 2011, Siver has looked great. After two decision wins, one more will put him in title contention or at the very least near it. Siver has been known as a striker his entire career, but he has vastly improved his grappling game as well. Wherever the fight may go, Siver is comfortable.

The same can be said about his opponent, Swanson, who has been one of the most impressive fighters in the last year and a half. Swanson has won four fights in a row, with his last, against Dustin Poirier, being the biggest of his career. Although Siver may be the overall better technical striker, Swanson possesses power and athleticism that will give him the edge.

Both men have only been knocked out once in their careers, so expect this fight to go the distance. In a close back-and-forth affair, Swanson will move one step closer to a title shot by winning a decision.

Kuhl: Swanson versus Siver has the potential to earn “Fight of the Night” honors. Having debuted with Zuffa in 2007, both of these guys are veterans of the big stage.

I’m not sure why Siver always gets lumped into the “striker” category, as Corey pointed out. It must be the fact that he was a kickboxer. However, the majority of his stoppages are by submission. In fact, he hasn’t had a knockout for three and a half years. He has been in a big decision rut, not being able to stop but one fight since then. The truth is, Siver should be knocking out featherweights left and right, especially considering he used to be a welterweight and has since dropped down two divisions.

Swanson, on the other hand, has looked amazing lately. As Corey stated, he is on a big streak right now, earning “Knockout of the Night” bonuses with wins over Charles Oliveira and Ross Pearson. Even though Swanson appears to be a smaller featherweight, he packs a lot of power in a division that is starting to creep into the decision-prone lighter weight classes.

Siver (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

Even though Siver has a rock solid chin, I can see Swanson doing enough damage to put him on the mat and earn a TKO victory by the end of the second round.

DeRose: I absolutely love this fight and think it is an excellent main-card bout. Both fighters are very evenly matched and will have a back-and-forth fight that will be amazing to watch.

As my fellow panelists have already said, Siver is actually a good grappler even though people tend to describe him as a striker. His chin will also be able to save him here despite Swanson’s power and striking skill. Swanson may have seven knockout wins—including three of his last four wins—but Siver will be able to avoid the knockout.

Since his streaky run under the WEC banner, Swanson has put together a nice winning streak of four wins, including a recent decision victory over top contender Dustin Poirier.

This is Siver’s first big test at featherweight and it’s against one of the better fighters at the top, but I have a tough time picking against Swanson. Overall, he is more well-rounded and is accustomed to fighting top featherweights. Swanson by decision.

MW: Tim Boetsch (16-5) vs. Mark Munoz (12-3)

Kuhl: Tim Boetsch and Mark Munoz are two hardcore veterans of the Octagon who combine for only seven losses in 21 fights under the UFC banner, and only nine of those fights have gone the distance. Needless to say, whereas Swanson and Siver may have the abilities to earn a “Fight of the Night” bonus, a betting man would put his money on Boetsch versus Munoz.

Munoz (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

Both men are in their early-mid-30s with a ton of experience and solid wrestling backgrounds. Munoz, having had a pretty impressive NCAA Division I career at Oklahoma State University, has the more known wrestling prowess, but Boetsch, having wrestled since he was only six years old, is no slouch either. Wrestling backgrounds or not, both men are very powerful strikers, combining for 13 knockouts and three submissions by strikes. They will both stand toe-to-toe with their opponents and let it all hang out.

Even though both men are coming off losses, Boetsch, to his credit, was beating Costa Philippou in his last outing until Philippou caught him with an eye poke and a head butt that quickly changed the outcome of the match. Boetsch should be riding a five-fight winning streak. Munoz, on the other hand, was handily beaten by Chris Weidman’s crazy elbow strike that not only shocked Munoz, but everyone who was watching that fight.

Since Boetsch has had only a few actual grappling submissions, the last one coming over three years ago, and Munoz has never had a true submission, I don’t expect this one to hit the mat. On the feet, it’s really anyone’s match, but it won’t go the distance.

Since Boetsch tends to swing for the fences and Munoz is more calculating with his striking arsenal, I see Munoz taking this one by a second-round TKO.

DeRose: I, too, have trouble seeing this hitting the mat. Given that Munoz is the better wrestler, he may try for a takedown in this fight.

Boetsch (James Law/Heavy MMA)

Like my colleague mentioned, neither guy really has a submission repertoire. Instead, both guys are likely to stand and trade. Munoz’s last fight with Weidman really does stick out in my mind and that loss makes me question Munoz’s ability to deal with the wild striking of Boetsch. Boetsch swings for the fences, and against Munoz, that may actually end up giving Boetsch the fight.

Munoz is a methodical striker, trading in the big shot for more diligent and well-placed shots. Munoz does have power, though, and it certainly plays a factor here, but Boetsch is smart enough to circle away from it.

This fight could end up being a grinding clinch battle as both men fight for position along the cage to set up takedowns, but I see Boetsch landing the big shot to take home the W.

Adams: This is another case of two fighters who are coming off a loss and need a win to remain relevant in the division. With that said, it could go one of two ways.

It could a grueling battle of clinches against the cage with each man trying to score points to earn a decision, or it could deliver a devastating finish. My hunch is that it goes the distance.

Munoz would like nothing more than to bounce back after his knockout loss to Weidman and put Boetsch away, but we all know that is easier said than done.

Both men will find success scoring with their hands, but in the end, Munoz will do just enough to win by decision.

MW: Roger Gracie (6-1) vs. Tim Kennedy (15-4)

DeRose: For me to sit here and break down Roger Gracie would be extremely easy and blatantly obvious, but I’m going to do it anyway!

Gracie (second from right) (Jerry Chavez/The MMA Corner)

Gracie is a second-degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt. Being a Gracie, he obviously has exceptional grappling. His striking, however, is a story in and of itself. Gracie doesn’t have the striking to stand with pretty much anybody at his level. It’s pretty rudimentary and needs some serious fine-tuning if he is going to compete in the UFC’s middleweight division.

Kennedy has a good grappling base as well and should be able to at least hold his own on the ground. Also a big concern for Kennedy here is his size, which will certainly be a detriment in this fight, especially against a grappler like Gracie. Gracie has about five inches in height and reach on Kennedy and this should help set up takedowns for Gracie and allow him to bully Kennedy on the ground.

Kennedy needs to keep this fight standing and just stick and move. If Kennedy can get inside the reach, pop off some shots and push Gracie against the cage in the clinch, Kennedy could be in for an easy night. Kennedy also can rest easy that he won’t be knocked out as Gracie’s power really isn’t there and should be a non-issue for Kennedy, who has faced the likes of Luke Rockhold and Melvin Manhoef. If Kennedy can take a shot from them, he can definitely take one from Gracie.

Utilizing that strategy is easier said than done for Kennedy, though. Gracie’s superior size and grappling should get him a decision victory or, at the very least, a submission off a Kennedy mistake.

Adams: When it comes to this card, Gracie vs. Kennedy may be the most difficult fight to predict.

Sal has for the most part laid this fight out well. When you hear the name “Gracie,” you know what you are getting. The Brazilian is a trendy pick here due to the arsenal that allowed him to pull off two straight wins. The key will be whether the 6-foot-4 Gracie can take Kennedy to the mat. With the points Sal made fresh in my mind, it’s hard to argue against it.

The only way I see Kennedy winning is by keeping the fight standing to win a decision. Kennedy hasn’t won by knockout since 2007, and he won’t be locking up a submission hold to force Gracie to tap. It’s a difficult match-up for Kennedy, but I expect him to make things competitive for sure.

Kennedy (Jerry Chavez/The MMA Corner)

In the end, I’m going to side with Gracie by decision. Kennedy has never lost by submission, but could if he makes a mental mistake, just as Sal suggested.

Kuhl: I completely agree with the assessments of my fellow panelists. In January, Gracie faced off against Anthony Smith in their final Strikeforce appearance and he pretty much looked like a mid-level MMA fighter at best. He is an amazing BJJ player, but the buck stops there with Gracie’s game.

Gracie was getting beat that entire fight until a couple of eye pokes left Smith partially blinded, taking away his entire advantage. This is a big problem when a superior BJJ practitioner cannot throw a closed fist punch to save his life, which is a huge problem for Gracie and his poor striking style.

Fighting out of Greg Jackson’s camp, Kennedy will be more than prepared for Gracie’s limited arsenal. The master gamer will certainly be exhausting all of his coaching expertise in helping Kennedy plan to keep this one standing.

Since Kennedy is himself a BJJ black belt, he has the training to at least fend off the repeated takedown attempts by Gracie, and, as Sal stated, get against the cage in the clinch to work the Brazilian. Unfortunately, Gracie is slick enough to get his opponent to the ground from the clinch.

I just can’t see Gracie, who has been flukish as an MMA fighter, taking out another opponent in a purely BJJ-oriented contest. I’m going with Kennedy to utilize his superior striking background from Jackson’s to hand Gracie his second knockout loss.

FW: Frankie Edgar (15-4-1) vs. Charles Oliveira (16-3)

Kuhl: Frankie Edgar and Charles Oliveira are going to put on a historical fight. In 15 UFC bouts, Edgar has gone to decision 12 times, stopping only three opponents, although he has never been stopped either. The majority of his career was spent at lightweight, with his only featherweight match ending in a decision loss to the UFC champ, Jose Aldo. This fight will not go the distance, because Oliveira, on the other hand, has only been to decision once—four years ago—and never in the Octagon.

Edgar (James Law/Heavy MMA)

Oliveira is not a go-the-distance fighter. He is a young, lanky BJJ black belt with a four-inch height advantage and nothing to lose. That’s exactly how he approaches his fights.

Edgar has gotten in this rut where he just fights not to lose. Nine years the elder, Edgar cannot afford a fourth loss in a row, but Oliveira is going to bring the fight to him. This is not for a title, which is what Edgar is used to.

With dynamic range and superior submission skills, it’s no doubt that Oliveira is the more dangerous fighter on the ground, but his biggest challenge will be getting Edgar to the mat, which is damn hard to do. Either Oliveira will stop the former lightweight champ or he will get stopped. That’s a given.

All else aside, Edgar is impossible to finish, which is what Oliveira will be looking to do. In throwing caution to the wind, Oliveira will be putting himself in some precarious situations and could easily leave himself open for a knockout. Not to get in a rut myself, but I see this one going to Edgar by TKO in rounds one or two.

Adams: While I don’t see this being a historical fight, I do like the match-up. Both men are coming off losses and will do whatever they can to get back on track.

I’m interested to see how Edgar approaches this fight. “The Answer” hasn’t had good luck when it comes to decisions, so it’s possible he will not let this go the distance like in the past. Edgar’s movement is a thing of beauty and he will need it in this fight against Oliveira, who brings finishing ability in a 5-foot-11 frame.

On the other hand, I’m also curious how Oliveira will attack Edgar. Will he try to score a knockout to make a statement to the UFC? Or will he be the counter-striker and wait for Edgar to come forward? I don’t see him knocking out Edgar, though, which means he will have to find a way to either score points or steal it on the scorecards.

Oliveira (L) (Paul Thatcher/Fight! Magazine)

Oliveira will make it a good fight, but Edgar will come back strong with a TKO victory.

DeRose: Personally, I don’t see Oliveira getting a knockout either. The man has six knockout victories to his name, but all come on the regional circuit and none have been against fighters who possess the will that Edgar has.

Oliveira has a great submission game and that is probably what he’ll go for here, given Edgar’s wrestling background. Edgar shouldn’t bring this fight to the ground just to avoid Oliveira’s submission prowess, which is simply too good to overlook.

Edgar has the striking skills necessary to win this fight. He needs to keep on his bicycle and go with a little unconventional warfare here. Edgar needs to bring guerilla warfare to the cage against Oliveira, who also has a major size advantage in reach and height. The strategy for Edger should be to come in, pop off a few, make Oliveira back up and then once he gets him backing up, bring Oliveira against the cage and go to work with some dirty boxing.

If Edgar feels confident, he may catch Oliveira in a takedown when Oliveira is backing up or least expects it. I don’t condone it, but Edgar is one of those fighters whose judgement I trust.

Edgar is the better fighter here and has faced—and beaten—much better talent than Oliveira. Oliveira is 0-3 against top competition (Jim Miller, Donald Cerrone and Cub Swanson). This sounds weird considering how often we talk about Edgar in a title fight, but I’ll take Edgar to win a three-round decision.

MW Championship: Anderson Silva (33-4) vs. Chris Weidman (9-0)

Adams: Alright, main-event time, boys and girls. It’s a fight that has captured even the casual fan’s attention with all the hype surrounding Chris Weidman against the pound-for-pound king, Anderson Silva.

Weidman (R) (James Law/Heavy MMA)

There’s really no need to tell you what Silva’s past consists of, so let’s look at what “The Spider” will do against a different challenge in Weidman. Silva’s game plan shouldn’t be any different than his past fights, where he has had to keep his distance, prepare to stuff takedowns and use constant head movement. If he does get put on his back, which may very well happen at some point in this fight, then he will look to lock up a submission or scramble out to return to his feet. No matter what trouble he will face, Silva has always been able to find a way out.

So what exactly makes Weidman a dangerous match-up, you ask? It’s the fact that he is a solid wrestler who also possesses the ability to do damage when he does takes his opponent down. The hype is there, and rightfully so, but I’m not fully sold on it. Don’t get me wrong, a win over Demian Maia and the destruction of Mark Munoz were impressive, but this is the greatest fighter in the world he is facing. The only way Weidman can pull off the upset is if he takes Silva down and finds a dominant position from which to land punches. Anywhere else, “The Spider” holds an advantage.

The only concern is whether or not Silva comes into Saturday with a good mindset. The champion didn’t like this fight when it was made, so it will be interesting to see how he’ll respond mentally when there are superfight opportunities ahead of him if he is victorious.

I don’t see the fight going into the championship rounds, as Silva will exit the cage with the belt after a third-round knockout win.

DeRose: This fight is extremely tough to pick. This fight can go one of two ways, with each guy having a clear path to victory.

Silva has been there, done this, before. Each time—at least lately—it seems his next opponent is the guy who can beat him. Silva’s next opponent has that wrestling or knockout power that just makes you go, “Well, Silva has a good chance to lose here!” Outside of Stephan Bonnar, of course. I mean, that was the most lopsided fight I have ever seen.

Well, to the notion that Silva has a good chance to lose, I say you’re crazy.

Silva is a legend and the best fighter on the planet. He has faced Weidman’s type before. If Silva is able to keep his distance and keep Weidman guessing, it’ll be another easy Okami-type victory for Silva. Keep moving, don’t let Weidman corner you, and utilize the jab to keep Weidman far enough away that any takedown he shoots for will be an easy thing to stop or be too tough to even try.

Weidman’s path to victory is also extremely simple: keep the fight close, grind Silva against the cage and work for takedowns constantly. Weidman doesn’t stand a chance on the feet despite what anyone will say about his striking while using his fight with Munoz as an example.

Silva’s striking is a different beast, and to actually hit Silva you have to be willing to absorb the punishment he will surely counter with.

Silva (James Law/Heavy MMA)

This fight won’t end by submission. It will end with either a knockout victory for Silva or a decision win for Weidman. Seeing as I’ve seen this movie many, many times already and none of the wrestlers come out victorious, I’ll take Silva to win by knockout and agree with Corey here when I say it ends in the third round.

Kuhl: In recent UFC history, the only wrestler to even pose a threat to Silva was Chael Sonnen. Although the biggest mouth in the game almost won that bout, Silva still finished the fight, because that’s what he does.

Weidman is sort of a finisher, too, but this hype is a little out of control, considering the only real challenger he has beaten was Munoz. And he beat Munoz with that crazy elbow that nobody, including Weidman, saw coming.

A lot of fans have rested Weidman’s future on the laurels of wins over guys like Jesse Bongfeldt and Tom Lawlor. I understand that it takes world-class skill to even make it to the Octagon, but we’re talking about Anderson-freaking-Silva. The Munoz win is a great confidence booster going into this match-up, but did I mention Anderson-freaking-Silva?

Silva is the GOAT for a reason. The guy is in his late 30s and is still the most accurate, deadliest striker in the game, although Jon Jones is getting there. Silva truly brings the art of eight limbs into reality, not to mention he has black belts in BJJ and judo.

I understand that people want to believe that Weidman will be the guy to end Silva’s run, but that’s just not happening. Wrestling superhero or not, Weidman has yet to prove that he’s even got what it takes to go the distance, let alone pull off the upset.

Silva by TKO.

Preliminary Card
WW: David Mitchell (12-2) vs. Mike Pierce (16-5)

DeRose: David Mitchell came into the UFC undefeated and with a lot of promise, but he could be up on the chopping block here, considering that he is 1-2 in the UFC. Mitchell will face a tough Mike Pierce, who is a great litmus test for any fighter. I see Pierce utilizing his Division I wrestling and grinding out the decision on the way to his fourth consecutive win.

Kuhl: Both Mitchell and Pierce have never been stopped, which leaves this fight open to the possibility of forever changing one fighter’s record for the worse. Mitchell came into the UFC after finishing nearly every one of his fights by submission on the regional circuits. But he has had all three UFC fights go to a decision, and he has won only once. UFC vet Pierce has had a bit of a career revival as of late. He’s riding a three-fight winning streak, including an amazing knockout of Aaron Simpson last year. As Sal pointed out, he’s one of the many powerful NCAA Division I wrestlers in the welterweight division that has had success in the UFC, and he will utilize that skill to stuff the many takedown attempts by Mitchell. I have Pierce earning the points to take this one by unanimous decision, sending Mitchell back to the minors.

Adams: First of all, I have to question why Pierce is fighting on the Facebook portion of the card. He arguably beat Josh Koscheck and has since won three straight, including a win over Seth Baczynski, who is fighting above him on the card. In terms of the match-up, I agree with both Sal and Dan that Pierce will win. Taking him by decision would be the smart pick, but I think Pierce will come in with some heat and finish Mitchell by TKO late in the fight.

WW: Seth Baczynski (18-9) vs. Brian Melancon (6-2)

Adams: Many forget about the run Seth Baczynski had in the UFC before losing to Mike Pierce in December. In his second stint with the promotion, Baczynski went 4-0, including a win over Matt Brown, before facing Pierce. Brian Melancon will be making his Octagon debut after coming over from Strikeforce. He will be handed a loss in his first outing, however. Baczynski wins by submission.

Kuhl: No disrespect to Melancon, because anybody that steps into that cage is a man amongst boys, but he is way out of his league. Both men are 31 years old, but Baczynski has had 24 professional bouts to Melancon’s eight. Baczynski is coming in with more experience, a history in the UFC, and a super well-rounded game. I agree with Corey: look for Baczynski to submit Melancon early in the fight.

DeRose: Make that three for Baczynski for all the points that my fellow panelists have already mentioned, including overall skill set and experience. I don’t see Baczynski losing this one.

LW: Edson Barboza (11-1) vs. Rafaello Oliveira (16-5)

Kuhl: Edson Barboza is a huge up-and-coming phenom, and if it wasn’t for Jamie Varner’s freak TKO, he would still be riding an unbeaten streak. While that was a minor setback in the grand scheme of things, Barboza bounced right back with a punishing submission by strikes of Lucas Martins. Barboza is one of those rare Brazilians that is a Muay Thai champion and only has a purple belt in BJJ. That being said, he is very dangerous no matter where the fight goes. Rafaello Oliveira is a great fighter, outside of UFC action. His Octagon appearances account for four of his five losses. One more loss should send him packing for the second time. Oliveira may be a black belt in BJJ, but barring another freakish TKO, Barboza will take this one easily by a first-round TKO.

DeRose: I agree with Dan here. Barboza is a really talented fighter from head to toe. Barboza’s striking is really something and that alone makes me lean towards him taking this fight. Oliveira just hasn’t shown much in the UFC to suggest that he belongs there, and fighting Barboza is a big step up in competition. Barboza by knockout.

Adams: Great point made by Dan that a loss by Oliveira here, which will give him three losses in his last four fights, will more than likely have him released once again. It’s clear that Barboza is a much better fighter than his opponent, and he will without a doubt be an overwhelming favorite. Barboza will continue to build his stock back up with a knockout victory. I’m calling a knee strike to get the stoppage.

HW: Gabriel Gonzaga (14-7) vs. Dave Herman (21-5)

DeRose: I’m not very high on Dave Herman, and his current three-fight losing streak validates that opinion. Herman is most likely on the chopping block, and Gabriel Gonzaga is no joke. Gonzaga’s submission skills and striking should be enough to dispatch Herman. I’ll take Gonzaga to hand Herman his second consecutive submission loss.

Adams: Yes, Herman is on a three-fight skid, but look at the guys he has faced: Stefan Struve, Roy Nelson and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. They are all top-15 heavyweights, whereas Gonzaga is not. Gonzaga made his return to the UFC and won two fights, but Ednaldo Oliveira and Ben Rothwell do not compare to the fighters Herman has competed against in the last couple of years. Let’s also remember that “Napao” has been knocked out six times in his career. I’m going with Herman to keep his job alive with a knockout of Gonzaga.

Kuhl: I have also not been a big fan of Herman, as of late, because he has been losing. However, as Corey clearly stated, he has been losing to guys at the top of the heavyweight heap, some of the best in the world. Gonzaga may have been coming back into the Octagon wanting to get to his roots in BJJ, but he didn’t take into consideration that part of his roots is getting knocked out, as Travis Browne quickly reminded him. Herman has the knockout power to take out the Brazilian as long as he can keep the fight standing, and he also has nothing to lose. Even a decision win could cost Herman his job. I agree with Corey on this one: Herman by knockout.

LW: Norman Parke (17-2) vs. Kazuki Tokudome (12-3-1)

Kuhl: The most interesting thing about this match-up is that the UFC brass is pitting a 5-foot-10 Irish submission artist and winner of The Ultimate Fighter: Smashes against a 5-foot-11 Japanese fighter who is dangerous no matter where the fight goes. In fact, Norman Parke is only the second tallest guy that Kazuki Tokudome has faced. Although Tokudome does have a few submissions under his belt, he will need to punish Parke standing to keep this one in his favor. However, after the display that Parke put on against the ultra-dangerous striker Colin Fletcher, there is no reason to believe that he can’t handle Tokudome wherever the fight goes. I have Parke by unanimous decision.

Adams: First of all, Fletcher is not an “ultra-dangerous” striker, as he has never earned a knockout, but I get what Dan is trying to say. For someone coming off The Ultimate Fighter, Parke has a lot of experience that prepared him for the dive into the UFC’s lightweight division. As long as Tokudome doesn’t catch Parke early in the fight, I see Parke taking this on the scorecards.

DeRose: I like the point Dan made about Parke dispatching Fletcher. The blueprint for that fight should carry over to this bout. Tokudome won’t win this fight if it gets out of the first round, and Parke just has to avoid the big shot and keep Tokudome at bay. Parke by decision.

MW: Andrew Craig (8-1) vs. Chris Leben (22-9)

Adams: The Ultimate Fighter season one veteran Chris Leben is in a must-win situation, with a loss leading to a possible release. We all know what Leben wants to do, which is to stand and trade. Against Andrew Craig, he will have that privilege. “Highlight” will keep the fight standing, and if so, it could turn into a barnburner. In the end, Craig will outpoint Leben to earn a decision.

DeRose: This fight stays standing. With Leben facing possible expulsion from the UFC, that alone should light the fire underneath him. I’ll take Leben to get the TKO victory.

Kuhl: Leben’s career has been very spotty and appears to be on the ultimate downward slide. Five years ago, this would have been a no-brainer, but a year after getting popped for oxycontin, Leben came back to drop one to Derek Brunson. Although Craig has yet to prove any sort of rankable status in the UFC, the former Legacy middleweight champ is still young and hungry, which is not the case for the worn-down Leben. I agree with Corey and have Craig taking this by decision.

Photo: Anderson Silva (MMA Fighting)

About The Author

Sal DeRose
Staff Writer

Sal hails from New Jersey and is currently training for his first MMA fight. He hopes to use his knowledge and insight to generate articles that interest and entertain you. Outside of MMA, Sal is a big fan of every other sport. He's a diehard New York sports fan, with the exception of cheering for the Packers.