Attention MMA fans, if you haven’t found the time to buy or even search for Fuel TV on your television, do it before Saturday night!

The UFC will make its second appearance on the main-stage Fox station on Jan. 28 from the United Center in Chicago. While the main card is stellar, with three feature bouts, you can’t overlook the preliminary fights that are scheduled to air on Fuel TV and Facebook prior to the main card.

I’m not writing this as a blatant advertisement urging you to buy a television station. It’s just that these fights are that good.

Fans will get to watch not one, not two, but six fights on Fuel TV, beginning at 5 p.m. ET, with a single additional bout streaming live on Facebook, before changing the channel over to Fox to check out the main card. From heavyweight to bantamweight, many rising stars, promising prospects and seasoned veterans shape out this great undercard.

The MMA Corner Round Table team of Chase Buzzell, Josh Davis and Corey Adams have got their thinking caps on and are ready to breakdown each of the eight match-ups.

MW: Chris Camozzi (15-5) vs. Dustin Jacoby (6-1)

Buzzell: Chris “Kamikaze” Camozzi employs the type of fighting style that draws fans to MMA. Rather than develop fighting skills to avoid punishment, Camozzi has continually displayed a desire to develop fighting skills intent on delivering punishment, with seemingly little aforethought to the fact he will take on damage. Camozzi is as tenacious as they come, looking to stand and trade with any opponent regardless of their striking pedigree. He is also equipped with a huge heart, and if his technical skills ever catch up with his fortitude, he would be a force to be reckoned with.

As it currently stands, the southpaw has a nice straight left and left hook, which he lets go often. Unfortunately, because Camozzi is constantly throwing his hands and mixes in knees and kicks, he is very susceptible to takedowns, which is where he gets himself in trouble. Camozzi’s guard is essentially non-existent and when on the bottom during ground game warfare, he does not fair well. If, however, Camozzi gets top position, he can be very effective.

Dustin Jacoby is short on experience with respect to the amount of fights, the quality of opponents, and the exposure to the big stage. He has fared well on the regional circuit, finishing every opponent relatively early. But in his one attempt at taking a step up to the big leagues, he lost convincingly to Clifford Starks at UFC 137. However, when taken into consideration that Jacoby made his debut only 14 months ago, his success is put into perspective.

Jacoby is a natural athlete, having played college quarterback at Culver-Stockton College and Quincy University. Along with the athleticism that it takes to play college quarterback, Jacoby possesses poise and composure, and is use to the large crowds watching as he attempts to make a living. Also, he has had the privilege of training with elite talent in Matt Hughes, Matt Brown, Robbie Lawler, etc. Thus far in his young career, Jacoby has displayed impressive striking, while his ground game is virtually untested.

Chris Camozzi (The MMA Corner)

Camozzi is such a gamer it is hard to imagine him being finished; at the same time, Camozzi seems willing to take more punishment for my liking and especially considering Jacoby has shown power and accuracy in his hands, Camozzi may be in danger. Do not expect this fight to go to the ground. I give Jacoby the edge simply due to his athletic pedigree and power. Jacoby by split decision in an incredibly hard-fought battle.

Davis: This is one of the fights that I look forward to most on this card. Camozzi is in need of a victory in a big way. He is 1-2 in his last three fights with his lone win coming via split decision outside of the UFC. Inside the Octagon, Camozzi has lost his last two fights and a loss here will certainly send him back to the regional circuit. He is a gamer though and he will be ready for a war. Not known as a technical striker, Camozzi will need to brawl his way to victory. He will need to keep moving forward and keep Jacoby moving backwards and capitalize on his quickness advantage.

There is no question that Camozzi will have the experience advantage, but almost everything else will go to Jacoby. Jacoby will be the bigger, stronger fighter in this fight and he will need to capitalize on this in order to come away with a victory. Jacoby does train with some of the best fighters in the business, but training partners can not fight for you. Ultimately, Jacoby will have to get the job done.

Camozzi is fighting for his UFC life and he is done trying to fight a style that does not become him. Look for Camozzi to come out brawling with an aggressive pace that will overwhelm Jacoby. Camozzi wins by decision.

Adams: It appears that I will have to settle the score in this fight, which I also believe will be closely contested.

There’s just something I like about Camozzi. “Kamikaze” can strike with almost anyone in the division, and is also training hard in the jiu-jitsu area. As both men mentioned, this fight will make or break Camozzi’s career from here on out.

But this 23-year-old Jacoby kid is just the type of fighter to end Camozzi’s UFC career again. I look for him to try and finish the fight early, which will come down to how Camozzi will withstand the constant pressure. Also, Jacoby is taller than Camozzi by an inch, which is rare because Camozzi is tall for a middleweight.

Even with what I have said about Jacoby, I just can’t see Camozzi losing this fight. After being released once before, he will not let it happen again and will earn a unanimous decision victory.

HW: Joey Beltran (13-6) vs. Lavar Johnson (15-5)

Davis: This is a very intriguing bout between two heavyweights that are probably fighting for their UFC lives. Beltran has mixed success in the UFC. He stormed onto the scene, winning his first two fights before suffering back-to-back losses. Since then, he has gone 1-1 and a loss in this fight will probably get him his pink slip.

Johnson is paddling a very similar boat. One of the many fighters that the UFC took from the Strikeforce heavyweight division, Johnson is currently on a two-fight losing streak and losing his Octagon debut would likely mean the end of his UFC career. It should be noted though that after his last two-fight losing streak, Johnson reeled off seven straight victories.

Lavar Johnson (R) (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

Both of these fighters can end the fight with one punch and will certainly be looking for the knockout finish. This fight is going to be a slugfest between two big heavyweights. Look for Beltran to connect first, but I do not see a finish. Beltran wins by decision.

Adams: Not only is this a huge fight for both Johnson and Beltran, but also could earn knockout of undercard bonus, if that were actually a real reward.

As Josh stated above, both men are in a slump at the moment and are fighting to keep their jobs. Beltran has the best resume when comparing the two, as he has fought quality UFC opponents, while Johnson was in smaller organizations and most recently Strikeforce.

But where Johnson has the advantage is that none of his fights have gone past the third round. You could argue that Johnson may have Octagon jitters coming in, but the guy has fought in a large event before and shouldn’t have many nerves. I expect a knockout early in this one for Johnson.

Buzzell: Lavar Johnson is the epitome of power, starting fast and aggressive. Beyond simply possessing power, he also has quick hands, employing a quick and accurate jab. Moreover, Johnson has a solid left hook that is usually used to set up his explosive over hand right. In the end, Johnson is a one-trick pony with no ground game, relegated to rely on a knockout.

Beltran is also a a heavy-handed heavyweight that looks to end the fight early with a right hand over the top. Beltran’s heart matches the power in his hands, as he is usually moving forward and is like a shark smelling blood when his opponent is hurt. Also, similar to Johnson, Beltran does not have any ground game to speak of and is susceptible to counter strikes due to his aggressive style.

This fight is destined to be a firework explosion of excitement. If it ends in anything but a knockout, I would be shocked. I view this fight as a coin flip as to who lands the first devastating blow. I think Johnson’s use of his left hand will set up his right, which will lead him to victory. Johnson, first-round knockout.

LW: Michael Johnson (9-6) vs. Shane Roller (10-5)

Adams: The first lightweight match-up of the night is sure to be a solid contest between Ultimate Fighter season 12 runner-up Michael “The Menace” Johnson and WEC vet Shane Roller.

Johnson was scheduled to fight Cody McKenzie, but now gets an even tougher opponent in Roller. What “The Menace” has is speed and athleticism. Johnson has power in his hands, with five career knockouts, but just hasn’t showed it as of late, other than a TKO win over Edward Faaloloto, but I don’t consider that a huge victory.

On the other hand, there’s Roller, who has fought some of the best lightweights in the sport during his days on the blue mat of the WEC. The 32-year-old has an excellent wrestling pedigree, developed while at Oklahoma State, but as of late, hasn’t looked impressive with two straight defeats at the hands of Melvin Guillard and T.J. Grant. But in this fight, Roller will have all the tools necessary to walk away with a win.

Johnson has lost five fights by submission and Roller has six submission wins. Advantage Roller. Roller will put Johnson on his back in this fight and force Johnson to tap in the second round.

Buzzell: Johnson is athletic and has a natural set of tools. Having a solid wrestling base, which was developed in high school and college, Johnson has shown good takedown ability and an impressive sprawl. This is a good set of tools to have, especially in Johnson’s case, since he has shown little promise from his back. When standing, Johnson is a force to be reckoned with, displaying smooth striking, great hand speed and overall agility. He also has shown an ability to use his knees in rapid succession, even in close proximity to his opponent. Still, Johnson has shown weakness in his ground game and additionally, Johnson’s conditioning is suspect, as he noticeably wears down during fights.

Roller got a late start to his MMA career, due in part to his successful wrestling career with the renowned Oklahoma State program. He is also not afraid to stand and bang, like his opponent. However, Roller is best suited taking the fight to the mat. He obviously possesses top-level wrestling and has built a solid BJJ resume to boot. Early in his MMA career, Roller was able to take opponents out with his striking game, but as the competition level increased, BJJ became the default method. Similarly, Roller has shown a weakness to be taken out by strikes.

Johnson will have no interest in taking this fight to the ground and will look to bang with Roller. Roller, on the other hand, would be best suited to get Johnson to the ground and work top position or a submission. Roller may be lured into Johnson’s striking trap or may not be able to withstand the early onslaught that “The Menace” likes to bring. However, I believe Roller will survive the early storm and as Johnson withers, Roller will take him down and finish the fight. Roller, third round, submission (most likely rear-naked).

Davis: This could be one of the most exciting fights of the night, as both of these lightweights want to put on a show, get a victory and move a step up the ladder. Johnson is certainly the more athletic of the two and he does have knockout power in his hands, but he has not been able to live up to his potential. If he wants to win this fight, he is going to have to rely on his athleticism and keep this fight standing.

Roller was once considered one of the best fighters in the WEC, but that did not last. Now, Roller is looking to climb back up the ladder and right now Johnson is in his way. Roller is the better fighter and has fought the better talent in his career. He should be able to use his superior grappling and submission skills to get the victory.

Roller will be able to use his superior ground skills to get a submission. He wins by first-round submission.

FW: Charles Oliveira (14-2) vs. Eric Wisely (19-6)

Davis: Oliveira stormed into the UFC, dominating his competition and quickly earning himself a spot as one of the top prospects in the lightweight division. However, he has struggled in his last three fights. At UFC 124, he was submitted by Jim Miller. Then, after an illegal knee, his victory over Nik Lentz was ruled a no-contest. And in his last fight, he was completely dominated by Donald Cerrone. After winning his first 14 fights, Oliveira is now getting his first taste of adversity and it will be interesting to see how he rebounds. If he is going to win this fight, he will need to get back to being the aggressor. He needs to get off first and use his superior striking to dictate the pace of this fight.

Wisely, a newcomer to the UFC, will not be a push-over for Oliveira. Wisely has knockout power, winning seven of his fights by KO and TKO, and he is well-versed in submissions. Wisely is a very well-rounded fighter, but he does not have the Octagon experience of Oliveira. For me, the big question is how he will deal with the big stage.

Oliveira is not the opponent that you want to make your UFC debut against. Look for Oliveira to use his experience and his superior striking to dominate this fight. Oliveira wins by second-round TKO.

Buzzell: Oliveira is the embodiment of the modern-day Brazilian fighter, inherently good BJJ game with striking skills not to be taken lightly. As mentioned by my colleague, “Do Bronx” has faced some adversity in his most recent fights after coming to the UFC with unfettered hype, but now he must show that his dominance within his native country of Brazil can transcend geographical boundaries. In order to be successful in the UFC, he must show some improvement in his stand-up. Currently, Oliveira has a tendency to get wild with his strikes and at times is reckless overall, which leaves him open to counter attacks and takedowns.

Eric “Little Lee” Wisely is a breath of fresh air in MMA. A very introspective and reflective fighter with no particular MMA base or fighting background, Wisely continues to show improvement in all aspects of his game. The area of his game that needs the most improvement is wrestling, where even Wisely admits he is considerably weak. When standing, he has displayed good speed in both hands and the ability to throw effective leg kicks from both sides. Hard-working and not willing to back down from any fighter, Wisely is a pleasure to watch even if he has a ways to go to be considered a top fighter in his division.

I believe the technical striking of Wisely will give Oliveira fits and could potentially take Oliveira out. Nonetheless, I also believe that Oliveira possesses too much talent to have a fourth fight in a row end with a bad result. Oliveira, one way or another, will get Wisely to the mat, where he has a distinct advantage and will submit Wisely in the second round.

Adams: Oliveira has had tough luck as of late. He been disqualified from one fight and has been dominated by two of the best fighters in the lightweight division. But my hunch is that his luck will turn around on Saturday.

I just see all signs pointing to “Do Bronx” in this fight. He has more experience over better fighters and has been in the Octagon multiple times, unlike Wisely. “Little Lee” is going to have his hands full against Oliveira, as the Brazilian could see his way out of the UFC with a loss here.

I have this one ending early, with Oliveira winning by first-round submission.

FW: Cub Swanson (15-5) vs. George Roop (12-8-1)

Buzzell: Besides having a sweet name, Cub Swanson is a fighter that has not completely realized all of his potential, but nonetheless has been impressive throughout his fight career. If not for MMA, Swanson would probably be a fan favorite in boxing, as he delivers action-packed stand-up based fights. Swanson is adept at throwing various types of strikes, with both hands, knees and feet. Moreover, he has the ability to sit in the pocket, slip and avoid punches, in order to unleash a fury of his own. He has a solid chin that allows him to sit in the pocket and endure some punishment, given the chance he does not slip a strike. He does have deficiencies in his game, exhibiting little to no ground abilities off of his back.

Roop possesses a distinct advantage over most of his opponents in the featherweight division, as he stands 6-foot-1. On the other hand, he has a giant cut to make in order to make it down to featherweight, which may affect his strength and endurance as the fight wears on. Roop uses his reach effectively to keep opponents at a distance, which allows him to remain technical with his strikes. He boasts a decent ground game, showing more progress in his submission defense than offense, but in the fight at hand, neither should matter.

George Roop (L) battles Hatsu Hioki (Paul Thatcher/Fight! Magazine)

Roop is the more well-rounded fighter, but I do not see him being able to take or keep Swanson down, as Swanson is unusually strong for his weight class. Because the fight will most likely remain primarily on the feet, I have Cub winning via KO in the first round.

Adams: Swanson may be a very talented fighter, but I see this one going Roop’s way.

As Chase stated, Swanson does throw a variety of strikes, but when looking at his record, he has only four career knockouts and those were before he came into the WEC. He has fought two of the best featherweights in the world in Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes, but other than that, I’m not impressed with his body of work.

Roop may not have the best skills or very many wins over top guys, but he’s a fighter that has potential even at 30 years old. Most recently, Roop has knocked out a tough Josh Grispi and came within inches of beating the No. 2 featherweight in the world in Hatsu Hioki. So Roop should deserve some credit for what he has done in the sport.

I do believe this will be a close fight, but Roop will be able to avoid the strikes of Swanson on the feet and not allow the fight to go to the ground. In the end, I have Roop winning a unanimous decision.

Davis: This fight could go either way. As pointed out above, both fighters bring specific strengths to the table and both have specific ways to win. In order for Swanson to win this fight, he will have to get inside of Roop’s reach and unleash his strikes and then get out. He cannot let Roop keep him on the outside and he must stay active.

For Roop, the game plan is simple: use his reach to keep on the outside and punish Swanson with strikes when he tries to come inside. If Swanson does get inside, Roop can attempt to take this fight to the ground, where he should have an advantage, or he can grab the clinch, another place where Roop can do damage.

Regardless of who wins this fight, it should be entertaining. Again, this fight could go either way, but I think Roop will prove to be too much for Swanson. Roop wins this fight via decision.

HW: Mike Russow (14-1) vs. Jon-Olav Einemo (6-2)

Buzzell: Mike Russow should be classified in the minority group of MMA fighters that do not look the part of professional athlete, rippling with muscles, but nevertheless he produces positive results. Russow has shown an ability to stop some big men in their tracks with knockout power and also moves surprisingly well on his feet for a big man. Furthermore, despite Russow’s size and power, the majority of his wins have come by way of submission. Most of his fights have ended early, thus Russow must show that he is not a sprinter, but can take on top-level talent and compete late into fights, as will be required if he continues to climb the divisional ladder.

Before Russow can even think of his climb up the divisional ladder, he must first handle Jon-Olav “The Viking” Einemo. Einemo has shown an ability to submit most of his opponents, but upon closer look it will be realized that his opponents are nothing to write home about. The fact that he was even in the ring recently with a tomato can like James Thompson says something about his career trajectory. Einemo should not be completely written off, as nearly all of his victories have been a result of him finishing the fight with a submission. Moreover, Einemo did go the distance with Fabricio Werdum, which provides some promise.

I believe Russow has the tools on his feet and on the mat to take out Einemo. Look for Russow to secure a victory via KO in the first round.

Davis: Russow is one of the toughest fighters in this sport. The guy can take a beating and keep on coming, and getting a knockout against him is virtually impossible. Add his toughness to the skills he possesses with his hands and on the ground, and you have a very complete fighter and that is exactly what Russow is, a complete fighter. He is not outstanding anywhere, but he is good everywhere, and in this fight he should have a significant advantage in the stand-up game.

Einemo has world-class submissions skills with decent stand-up. His biggest deficit though is his cardio. In the past, he has been known to gas in early rounds, and if he runs in to that problem against Russow, he will pay the price. Einemo needs to find a way to get Russow on his back and keep him there. If he is able to control this fight on the ground, he will be able to work a submission or grind out a decision. If this fight stays on the feet though, Einemo will be at a significant disadvantage.

Every fight starts on the feet and Russow should capitalize on this. If he can keep this fight standing, he should be able to get the KO or the TKO. Russow wins this fight by TKO in the third round.

Adams: I’m going to have to agree with my fellow panelists in this fight and give the edge to Russow.

It will be an unusual match-up of striker vs. grappler, which doesn’t often happen in the heavyweight division. But as stated by Josh, every fight starts on the feet, which is where Russow has the advantage. Einemo came into his last fight against a striker in Dave Herman and was finished in the second round. In my eyes, Russow is just as good, if not better, a striker as Herman, so Einemo better be prepared to stand and bang or try to take the fight to the ground.

However, it will be difficult for Einemo to wrestle Russow to the ground, which will leave him exposed to the strikes of Russow. I’ll take Russow to finish the fight late in the first round.

LW: Evan Dunham (12-2) vs. Nik Lentz (21-4-2)

Davis: Dunham stormed through the lightweight division, winning his first four UFC fights before suffering a controversial loss to Sean Sherk and then being dominated by Melvin Guillard. Since then, Dunham rebounded nicely with a win over Shamar Bailey and he will look to make it two in a row with a win over Nik Lentz. In his first five UFC fights, even the loss to Sherk, Dunham was dominant and pretty much walked through the competition. One of the better overall fighters in the division with excellent striking, great wrestling and solid submissions, a win here would certainly put him back in the mix.

Lentz, a fan favorite because of his aggressive fighting style, will need to use every trick in his toolbox if he is going to come out victorious against Dunham. Lentz has all the skills necessary to win this fight, but he is going to have to stay aggressive and keep Dunham moving backwards if he is going to win. If he alows Dunham to dictate where this fight takes place, it could be a long night.

Lentz is certainly a game competitor, but Dunham will be too much. Dunham will win this fight by third-round referee stoppage.

Adams: Dunham is a guy that was really close to becoming a top contender in the lightweight division. Even with some setbacks, I believe that he will work his way back to the top and it starts Saturday against Lentz.

Lentz is a very tough opponent to face, but Dunham will have more tools under his belt to earn a win. The only problem will be stopping the takedowns of Lentz. If Dunham is able to sprawl effectively, he will pick apart Lentz on the feet.

My hunch is Dunham will look like his old self in this fight and earn a TKO in round two.

Buzzell: Dunham is an intelligent striker that relies mostly on his hands, and for the most part does not utilize any leg kicks. Standing southpaw, he can throw a right hook with proficiency and a straight left down the pipe. However, Dunham can overuse the left, which results in a telegraphed attack. Although Dunham’s striking game is solid, it is still developing (albeit rapidly); whereas, Dunham’s BJJ game is well polished. Dunham is very opportunistic when slapping on a submission and utilizes sweeps and transitions from the bottom in an efficient fashion

Lentz comes from a Division I collegiate wrestling background and has built nicely on his wrestling base. An intelligent fighter that pushes the pace and utilizes a plethora of attacking techniques, Lentz is a crafty fighter that should not be taken lightly.

Each fighter is looking to get their promising fight career back on track, as each fighter has recently faced adversity with losses. Most have Dunham winning this fight and understandably so. However, I have Lentz winning a decision based on his wrestling ability.

Look for Lentz to take Dunham down and control the fight, though not mounting a ton of offense. Lentz by split decision.

Top Photo: Evan Dunham (Jeff Sherwood/Sherdog)

About The Author

Corey Adams
Staff Writer

Corey Adams didn't grow up watching mixed martial arts, considering the UFC was just getting started the year he was born, but in his teenage years, witnessed the action and has fallen in love with the sport. Corey was the first to join The MMA Corner staff -- other than founder Josh Davis -- and has been writing for the site ever since. Corey attends Austin Peay State University, where he majors in Communications with a focus on journalism. When he's not covering MMA, Corey is still writing on many sports with both local and campus newspapers. His favorite sports teams are the Atlanta Braves and Denver Broncos. Follow him on Twitter at the link below.