I consider myself a pretty ravenous fan of MMA. I pretty much watch it all; from big name title fights down to small regional armature bouts. But as much as I love this sport, I am having a hard time getting excited for UFC Fight Night: Bigfoot vs. Mir.

Outside of the co-main event between Edson Barboza and Michael Johnson, none of the fights on the card will have an impact on any divisional title picture. There are some decent matchups, so there is some sleeper potential, but don’t tune in to Fox Sports 1 on Sunday night expecting to see fireworks.

Rather than breaking down every fight on the main card, let’s just focus our attention on the top three bouts.

Cezar Ferreira vs. Sam Alvey

After winning the middleweight tournament on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil, Ferreira’s UFC career began with some pretty high expectations. While he is 3-1 in the Octagon, Ferreira has yet to look truly impressive. On Sunday night Ferreira will get another opportunity to impress in front of a home crowd in Brazil, but he is going to have his hands full.

Alvey’s no world beater, but he is tailor made to beat Ferreira. Ferreira is an extremely talented grappler, but he has a questionable chin. With 15 of his 24 wins coming by way of knockout, Alvey has proven he has real stopping power. If Ferreira can’t get this fight to the ground, he will lose.

Pick: Alvey via first round TKO/KO

Edson Barboza vs. Michael Johnson

Of all the bouts on the card, this is the one everyone should be excited about. While Barboza and Johnson aren’t amongst the elite of the division just yet, the winner of this bout will be on the cusp of title contention.

This fight will hinge on Johnson’s ability to control the distance and secure takedowns. Even though his striking has come a long way, he is nowhere near Barboza’s skill level. The longer this fight is up right, the more danger Johnson will be in.

While Barboza is susceptible on the ground, getting him there is a difficult task. His combination of athleticism, speed, and footwork make him very difficult to catch and control. Johnson’s a good wrestler, but I’m just not sure he’s good enough to corral Barboza.

Pick: Barboza via Unanimous Decision

Antonio Silva vs. Frank Mir

It’s hard to be excited about a main event featuring two fighters who are winless in their last seven combined bouts.

Both Mir and Silva are hanging on by a thread and that’s saying a lot as the UFC heavyweight division is a barren wasteland. That means both fighters will have some added motivation heading into this bout on Sunday night.

Even though Mir has taken his lumps and hasn’t won a fight since December of 2011, he should have the edge heading into this bout. Silva is the better and more powerful striker. But Mir’s improvements in the standup game will allow him to stay in the fight and ultimately get the fight to the ground. Being one of the best finishers on the ground, Mir will catch Silva at some point.

Pick: Mir via second round Submission

About The Author

RJ Gardner
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RJ Gardner is a rabid sports fan and a long time MMA enthusiast. After watching UFC 1 at ripe old age of 11 RJ was hooked and his passion for the sport has continued to blossom over the years. RJ has been covering MMA since 2007 and has had work featured on Bleacher Report, SI.com, CBSSports.com and UFC.com. RJ is also a Petroleum Transportation Operations Manager during the day.