One of the most anticipated scraps of the year is finally upon us, as incredibly entertaining welterweights Robbie Lawler and Matt Brown are set to throw down at UFC on Fox 12 on Saturday night.

Just one fight removed from a tough decision loss to current champion Johny Hendricks, Lawler is looking to jump right back into title contention with another knockout win here. However, he has a tough task ahead of him in the streaking Brown, who’s won seven straight fights and finished six of those opponents by knockout or TKO. With a title shot likely hanging in the balance, this is truly a can’t-miss main event.

The remainder of the main card consists of an intriguing light heavyweight match-up between recent UFC returnee Anthony “Rumble” Johnson and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, a lightweight clash between Josh Thomson and Bobby Green and an important featherweight bout between UFC mainstay Clay Guida and rising contender Dennis Bermudez.

UFC on Fox 12 will kick off from the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., at 4:15 p.m. ET with four exclusive preliminary fights on UFC Fight Pass. From there, the card will shift over to Fox, with additional prelims starting at 6 p.m. ET and the main card following at 8 p.m. ET.

The MMA Corner’s Dan Kuhl, RJ Gardner and Vince Carey break down the entire card in this edition of the Round Table.

LW: Bobby Green (22-5) vs. Josh Thomson (20-6)

Kuhl: The first fight to kick off the main card should be an exciting one. Former Strikeforce champ and longtime American Kickboxing Academy mainstay Josh Thomson faces off against Bobby Green in a SoCal vs. NoCal clash.

The 35-year-old Thomson has been fighting professionally for well over a decade with notable wins over Nate Diaz, Duane Ludwig, K.J. Noons, Pat Healy, Nam Phan and, of course, Gilbert Melendez in the first contest of their trilogy. His record is peppered with wins by any form imaginable, but he has only been stopped once, by knockout at the hands—and foot—of Yves Edwards way back at UFC 49. His last fight, in January, was a closely contested split decision loss to Benson Henderson, who is now in line for a shot at the UFC lightweight title. This dude is a talented veteran who is hungry to get a shot at the belt that he was supposed to fight for in December. Thomson’s only drawback is his durability. He has broken some form of leg, ankle, foot or toe multiple times throughout his career. However, outside of healing time, these injuries have never really slowed him down.

Green is currently riding a seven-fight winning streak, just like Matt Brown, who is fighting in the main event. At 27 years of age, he has already won belts in the King of the Cage, WFC and TFA promotions. Also carrying a pretty balanced record that includes eight wins by some form of knockout and nine by submission, Green is a force to be reckoned with wherever the fight takes him. He is now 3-0 in the UFC after a submission of Jacob Volkmann, a nasty body-kick TKO of James Krause and a decision victory over Pat Healy. A win over Thomson will not put him in line for any sort of title shot, but it will definitely propel him up the lightweight rankings.

Although Green is a talented guy with a bright future, Thomson brings way too much high-level experience to the table. When Strikeforce was winding down, Thomson was at the top of the ladder that Green was trying to climb, and Green just wasn’t that close to the top at the time of the merger. Green’s three UFC wins have been impressive ones, but Thomson is a guy that could easily be a couple fights away from a shot at the UFC strap.

Thomson uses his experience and technique to take this one by a hard-fought unanimous decision.

Gardner: Thomson is as savvy and skilled as they come in the UFC lightweight division. Although he may be getting up there in years, he is still one of the most dangerous fighters in the division. Green, on the other hand, is a young and experienced fighter on his way up, and he is riding the wave of a very impressive winning streak.

Regardless of where this fight takes place, both of these men have serious skills. However, Green is the better pure wrestler, whereas Thomson has a slight edge on the feet. If Green can get this fight to the ground, he could potentially grind out a decision. However, getting Thomson to the mat is easier said than done.

Thomson is a very talented grappler in his own right. His takedown defense should be enough to keep this fight on the feet, though. Expect these two to go toe-to-toe in a back-and-forth bout with Thomson getting the better of the exchanges.

Thomson wins a close split decision.

Carey: I’ll make it three for three for Thomson here.

Green is taking this fight on short notice—he was originally supposed to be fighting Abel Trujillo next month—and the opponent change may end up being a bigger factor than we realize. Trujillo showed a major weakness in his game when he allowed Khabib Nurmagomedov to take him down at will in their fight last year, and although Green is no Nurmagomedov in the wrestling department, that was likely his game plan against Trujillo. He’ll have to switch things up against Thomson, who’s much better at staying upright, but the short-notice nature of this contest is going to make the preparation a much more difficult task.

Contrary to my colleague, I think Thomson is actually the better wrestler in this fight. However, he’s likely going to have a bit of a striking advantage, too, and he will use it well. Green won’t be an easy out, but Thomson just took Henderson to the limit and smashed Diaz not too long before that. “King” isn’t quite on the level of either of those fighters, and a patient Thomson should be able to score on the feet until he finds an opening to finish this fight. Thomson by second-round knockout.

FW: Dennis Bermudez (13-3) vs. Clay Guida (31-14)

Gardner: In a high-energy featherweight bout, UFC mainstay Clay Guida takes on a surging Dennis Bermudez. Guida enters the fight 2-1 in the UFC featherweight division and is coming off of a “Fight of the Night” performance against Tatsuya Kawajiri. Meanwhile, Bermudez has been on an absolute tear, reeling off six straight wins since losing to Diego Brandao in the TUF 14 finals.

This is a big fight for Bermudez, who is knocking on the door of the top 10. A win over a name like Guida would do wonders for his career. Guida is a non-stop, in-your-face fighter whose intensity is unmatched in the cage. He just keeps coming and coming, and he doesn’t quit until he breaks his opponent. For all of the intensity, though, Guida is not on Bermudez’s level. Bermudez is a better wrestler, a better striker and he has a better submission game.

Bermudez won’t finish Guida, but he will control the majority of the action in what will certainly be one of the most exciting bouts of the night. Bermudez wins via unanimous decision.

Carey: It’s rare that Guida has someone standing across the cage from him who can match his tenacity for a full 15 minutes, but that’s what we have in Bermudez. It’s going to be a lot of fun to watch.

No one moves as much as Guida in the cage and his approach can look downright exhausting sometimes, but we usually see an incredible scrap on the rare occasions when he finds an opponent who’s willing to match his pace for the entirety of a fight. Bermudez actually almost feels like Guida version 2.0 in some respects, due to his toughness and willingness to both brawl and grind it out when needed. That is what makes this fight interesting to watch.

Bermudez is going to be the better striker on the feet and his wrestling skills will probably allow him to get Guida to the floor if he needs to, but he can run into trouble if his takedown defense isn’t up to snuff. Guida may not have the prettiest grappling game in the world, but he’s stifled some really good fighters in his day. His recent wins over Hatsu Hioki and the aforementioned Kawajiri proved how overwhelming he can be from the top position. Bermudez tends to head hunt on occasion, but he’s going to have to be careful if he does that against Guida. Overcommitting on a punch or two is a good way to end up on your back against “The Carpenter.”

In the end, though, I have to agree with my fellow panelist and take Bermudez by decision. Guida thrives by pushing the pace, but Bermudez will be able to hang just fine and hold on to enough stamina to close out the fight on a high note. Guida may steal a round due to some tenacious wrestling, but he won’t have enough to steal the fight.

Kuhl: I agree with my colleagues in the sense that Bermudez is a fast-paced, tenacious fighter with a solid wrestling base. However, I can’t write off Guida so easily. Guida has made a career in the spoiler role, and Bermudez is his ideal target. Let’s also not forget that Guida’s only losses in the last five years have been to former titleholders and/or contenders.

Bermudez is a young, hungry up-and-comer, just like Anthony Pettis was in his UFC debut. Yet, Guida took Pettis out of his element and grinded out a win, much like I expect him to do on Saturday night. Guida has a slight advantage in height and reach, and Bermudez is going to have his hands full trying to press the action like he did against guys like Jim Hettes and Steven Siler, who do not press the pace and grind like Guida.

I have Guida grinding out a nasty unanimous decision over the former TUF finalist.

LHW: Anthony Johnson (17-4) vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (21-5)

Carey: I was absolutely floored by how good Anthony “Rumble” Johnson looked in his UFC return against Phil Davis earlier this year, so I’m definitely looking forward to seeing how he performs against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.

Johnson seems like a new fighter since he stopped trying to cut over 50 pounds and started fighting at his more natural 205-pound weight class. He’s finally putting together the skills fight fans expected to see from him during his initial UFC stint. The biggest differences between Johnson and the Rumble of old (from the Davis fight, for example) are his vastly improved cardio and striking skills. It’s that combination that he’s likely going to need to defeat Nogueira. Unlike Davis, Nogueira is a fantastic striker. Johnson is going to have a much harder time overwhelming the Brazilian on the feet than he did against “Mr. Wonderful” earlier this year.

The majority of this contest will be conducted on the feet, but Johnson can always use his wrestling skills to drag the fight to the floor if he starts to get into trouble. Nogueira is an excellent grappler who is unlikely to be submitted, but Johnson is competent enough from top position to stay out of trouble. Rumble could possibly grind out a decision win if needed.

Nogueira is coming off a long layoff since his win over Rashad Evans early last year. The ring rust is going to be an extremely difficult obstacle for the 38-year-old to overcome. There’s a chance that Nogueira comes out and beats down Johnson with his boxing, but it’s more likely that Rumble is a bit faster with his strikes and mixes up come clinch work with some takedowns to score the win.

Johnson by unanimous decision.

Kuhl: Obviously, I have to agree with my colleague. I mean, who, in their right mind didn’t find themselves saying “Holy f-ing Johnson!” at some point in the last couple years? As soon as this guy decided to stop dropping down from his natural weight, he has been crushing everybody in his path and not looking back. As far as I’m concerned, his skills were always there, but he was constantly trying to put his body into a precarious position. Now that he’s at his ideal weight, look the hell out.

Lil’ Nog is a true ambassador of the sport. He has fought some of the best guys to ever enter the Octagon, and he holds a 4-2 record in the UFC. However, at 38 years old, he’s well past his prime and starting to wind down. His skills and pedigree are far beyond what Johnson may ever achieve, but in this fight, he’s facing the best Rumble yet. His saving grace would be his submission game, which has been Johnson’s kryptonite in the past, but Johnson’s wrestling could be utilized to avoid any ground attack. Lil’ Nog’s boxing skills are at the pro level, but Johnson is an absolute bulldog on the feet.

Johnson by unanimous decision.

Gardner: What more can you say about Johnson that my fellow panelists haven’t already touched upon? I mean, the guy was in absolute beast mode against Davis. Johnson is big, powerful and explosive, which is simply a dangerous combination in the Octagon. Now that he is fighting at a healthy weight, he can finally reach his potential.

Nogueira’s seen and done it all in the sport. Although he is as skilled as they come, he doesn’t have what it takes to defeat Johnson. Nogueira is a world-class grappler, but, in attempting to take down Johnson, it’s not likely that he can succeed where a wrestler like Davis failed. And even though Nogueira is a skilled technical boxer, Johnson’s speed and power are unlike anything the Brazilian has faced before.

Johnson is fighting with a chip on his shoulder. With his skill set, he is a very dangerous man. This is a terrible match-up for Nogueira. Johnson wins via first-round knockout.

WW: Matt Brown (19-11) vs. Robbie Lawler (23-10)

Gardner: If you are not excited for this fight between Matt Brown and Robbie Lawler, then you are not a fight fan. This match-up has “Fight of the Year” written all over it, and the winner will get a shot at Johny Hendricks and the UFC welterweight championship.

Since returning to the UFC, Lawler is 4-1 with his lone loss coming to Hendricks in a razor-thin decision for the vacant welterweight title. Brown comes in having won seven straight, with six stoppages. They are a pair of fighters who don’t just want to win, they want to destroy their opposition. Brown is on the best run of his career, and he fights with such controlled aggression that has been a pleasure to watch. Lawler’s style is very similar, but he has the kind of power fighters dream of—when he hits someone, they go to sleep.

While these two aren’t going to just throw punches with reckless abandon, they won’t be sitting back looking to just counter either. Brown has been amazing in his last seven bouts, but he hasn’t faced the elite competition that Lawler has encountered. Lawler has been destroying some of the best fighters the UFC has to offer, and he is hungry for another shot at the title.

When a fighter gets on the kind of run that Brown is on, it’s almost like they don’t know how to lose. If he can get into a groove, then he has a great shot at pulling off a major upset.

Brown is just a fighter you want to root for, but Lawler’s power will be too much for him to handle. Lawler wins via unanimous decision.

Kuhl: I have known about this match-up for quite some time, but I still get goose bumps every time I think about it. Brown is a fan-favorite, but the new and improved Lawler has gained a ton of support since re-entering the Octagon.

With his large build and a penchant for taking punches without being phased, Lawler is definitely the more physically durable of the two. Brown is the more classically trained grappler, but he has been submitted nine times, including four times in the UFC. Both men are a terror on the feet, and they use a large variety of strikes and combinations to keep their opponents off-balance and eating damage. Lawler also has the superior wrestling skills, which will help him combat any ground attacks.

Lawler was right there. He was one round away from capturing a UFC title. His loss to Hendricks was a minor setback in what is still a big title run for the longtime veteran. The way he put away Jake Ellenberger with ease only two months after his title fight shows that this guy means business, and he is still only 32 years old. Brown is a top-10 guy, but Lawler is the No. 1 contender, and his higher level of experience will show on Saturday night.

Lawler hands Brown his first career TKO loss in round three.

Carey: The goose bumps that my colleague mentioned are very real when it comes to this fight, and they’re only going to multiply as the fight gets closer and closer. Based on potential alone, this could end up being one of the most exciting fights in UFC history, not just this year, and every MMA fan is going to have their eyes glued to the screen by the time these two hit the cage.

Most fans expect a wild brawl between these two men, but Brown is actually much smarter on the feet than he gets credit for. It’s doubtful that he’ll completely let go and start trading huge punches with the more powerful Lawler. Instead, look for him to throw his combinations and then either circle away or quickly get into the clinch, where Lawler is slightly less dangerous.

Brown’s wrestling skills could also come into play. Whereas Dan may give the grappling edge to Lawler, I’m not quite so sure. Brown has looked very solid on the mat in his last few bouts, and after boldly declaring he could outwrestle Georges St-Pierre a while back, it’s clear his confidence in his ground game is at an all-time high. That confidence makes him extremely dangerous.

Lawler has the power advantage. He has been steamrolling some of the top names in the welterweight division, but a gut feeling tells me that it’s Brown’s time. I fully expect this fight to live up to the hype and give the UFC its most entertaining effort on Fox yet, and the night is going to end with Brown’s hand raised. “The Immortal” takes this one by fourth-round TKO, shocking Lawler and MMA fans around the world en route to a welterweight title shot.

Preliminary Card
Women’s StrawW: Juliana Carneiro Lima (6-1) vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk (6-0)

Kuhl: For those of us who follow women’s MMA closely, Juliana Lima and Joanna Jedrzejczyk are familiar faces that will make for an exciting fight. Lima has a couple more years of experience under her belt, and her sole loss was to the fiery “Killer Bunny,” Katja Kankaanpaa. Jedrzejczyk is representing the new wave of Polish brawlers. She is coming off a huge win in which she retired Rosi Sexton just over a month ago. Man, this is a tough one, but I will go with Jedrzejczyk by unanimous decision. She’s been fighting bigger girls at 125 pounds and will be a killer at strawweight.

Carey: Indeed, this one is tough to pick. Lima has nothing to be ashamed of in losing to Kankaanpaa. Although she isn’t exactly a finisher, she’s been solid in her other fights thus far. Still, the Jedrzejczyk knockout of Sexton stands as a big deal to those of us who know how tough Sexton is. It’s too hard to overlook that win. Jedrzejczyk by decision.

Gardner: “Excited” doesn’t begin to describe how I feel heading into this match-up. These two female fighters know how to bring the excitement to the cage. Lima has the skills to neutralize most fighters and win fights, but Jedrzejczyk really is a killer. Apparently the more consonants you have in your name, the better fighter you are. On a serious note, though, knocking out a veteran like Sexton is a big deal. Jedrzejczyk will carry that momentum into the UFC, where she’ll defeat Lima via unanimous decision.

WW: Gilbert Burns (7-0) vs. Andreas Stahl (9-0)

Carey: Gilbert Burns and Andreas Stahl, two undefeated 155-pounders, go head to head in what should be a really fun contrast in styles. Burns is an absolute machine out of the Blackzilians camp. He has won all of his professional fights inside of the first round and in a variety of ways. He’s going to need that finishing ability against his Swedish opponent, who’s more than comfortable going the distance. Stahl is going to test Burns’ gas tank from the jump. Although Burns could end this fight quickly, Stahl hasn’t been stopped yet. He might be able to withstand the initial onslaught of Burns’ attack. Stahl by decision.

Gardner: These two fighters are making their UFC debuts in the deep lightweight division. Stahl has shown that he can win a fight in many ways, whether it be submission, TKO or grinding out a decision. Meanwhile, Burns has won four by TKO and three by submission. Stahl has shown the ability to go to the deep waters and win, but he has never faced a fighter on the level of Burns, who is a three-time world Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu champion. Burns via first-round submission.

Kuhl: Stahl is a long, well-rounded fighter who trains with the boys at Allstars, including Alexander Gustafsson, Nico Musoke and Reza Madadi. Burns has been winning world grappling championships for the last six years, while cleaning up his MMA opponents along the way. This is a tough one, but I’m going with Vince and picking Stahl by unanimous decision. His arsenal is deep and his striking will let him pick up a bunch of points against the grappler.

FW: Noad Lahat (7-1) vs. Steven Siler (23-12)

Kuhl: Since dropping a semifinal bout to Diego Brandao on The Ultimate Fighter 14, Steven Siler has gone 5-3 in the Octagon, but he is currently riding an uncharacteristic two-fight losing streak after an early TKO courtesy of Rony Jason in March. The 35-fight veteran wins most of his fights by submission, if he can get there. The 30-year-old Noad Lahat was a huge up-and-coming prospect entering the Octagon for the first time in March, but his undefeated record quickly came to an end when he came into contact with Godofredo Pepey’s knee in the first round of his UFC debut. Both men desperately need wins. Lahat has yet to showcase his skills at the highest level of the sport. Siler’s future is on the line, and I have him coming out with the submission win.

Gardner: Lahat is a tough fighter and a lot of people were expecting bigger things from him, but he got exposed in his UFC debut. Having lost his last two bouts, Siler will come in determined to prove that he belongs in the UFC. Siler’s experience and killer instinct will carry him to victory. Siler via second-round submission.

Carey: Lahat was demolished in his UFC debut, and things are not going to go much better for him here. Siler is a solid mid-level featherweight who ran into a couple of guys—Dennis Bermudez and the aforementioned Pepey—slightly above his pay grade in his last two fights. Lahat is a step back down in competition, and Siler will make that evident when he sends him home early with a first-round submission.

LW: Akbarh Arreola (22-7-1) vs. Tiago dos Santos e Silva (18-4-2)

Gardner: Akbarh Arreola and Tiago dos Santos e Silva will be making their UFC debuts in this lightweight bout. Arreola has been a pro for 12 years. He has faced some tough competition over that stretch of time, but there is a reason he is just now making his UFC debut. Dos Santos e Silva, on the other hand, has won nine straight in his native Brazil. He has the potential to make some waves in the UFC, and he’ll start by taking this fight via second-round TKO.

Carey: I’m going to have to go the other way and pick Arreola. Although the tear the Brazilian has been on over the last few years has been impressive, his level of competition has been shaky at best. Arreola isn’t exactly completely battle tested either, but he’s been in the cage with a handful of MMA notables. Also, he has proven to be a finisher when he gets to the ground. Three of dos Santos e Silva’s four losses have come by submission, and that’s where Arreola is going to get the job done in the first round.

Kuhl: Dos Santos e Silva has been smoking dudes left and right in the Jungle Fight circuit, stopping seven opponents in his current nine-fight winning streak while picking up the Jungle Fight lightweight title along the way. Arreola is a big, seasoned lightweight who has only been stopped three times in 10 losses. Despite his recent streak, dos Santos e Silva seems unlikely to stop the larger Mexican fighter. Arreola by decision.

BW: Mike De La Torre (12-4) vs. Brian Ortega (8-0)

Carey: Fresh off a RFA featherweight title win, submission specialist Brian Ortega is looking to be the next former RFA fighter to earn a UFC victory. However, he has a tough task ahead of him in Mike De La Torre. Fighting out of the MMA Lab, De La Torre looked good going the distance with longtime lightweight Mark Bocek in his UFC debut earlier this year, but he’s in desperate need of a win if he wants to keep his roster spot going forward. I think Ortega wins this fight. My first instinct is to predict a submission win here, but De La Torre lasted 15 minutes against another excellent grappler in Bocek, so he likely survives again in this match-up. Ortega by decision.

Kuhl: Ortega is so unassuming in the way he looks, but the Gracie brothers product is no joke in the cage. While De La Torre has a three-inch height advantage, Ortega is used to having opponents who are taller than him, and he is still able to get inside and get the job done. De La Torre’s camp is headed up by a solid BJJ coach in John Crouch, but Rorion and Rener Gracie are the pinnacle of Gracie BJJ instruction in the United States. I have Ortega getting inside, De La Torre getting too comfortable on the ground, and Ortega taking this one by submission.

Gardner: Ortega is the real deal. He is a fighter the whole of the UFC bantamweight division needs to keep their eyes on. His grappling ability is on another level, so De La Torre is in for a tough night. Although De La Torre was able to survive the grappling attack of Bocek, he won’t be so lucky this time around. Ortega via third-round submission.

WW: Tim Means (20-6-1) vs. Hernani Perpetuo (17-4)

Gardner: The loser-goes-home bout of the evening features Tim Means against Hernani Perpetuo. Means, who owns 15 career victories by some form of knockout, can be a really dangerous fighter. However, Perpetuo trains with two of the most dangerous fighters in the world at Nova Uniao, so he has the tools to not just win but succeed in the UFC. Yet, it’s Means who will win this one via third-round TKO.

Kuhl: In four years, Means has only lost three times by decision. Those losses have been to top-level guys in Danny Castillo, Jorge Masvidal and Neil Magny. Outside of those three losses, he has been knocking fools out left and right. Perpetuo is a tough, well-rounded kid who was on an impressive nine-fight unbeaten streak before barely dropping a split decision to Jordan Mein in his UFC debut. Perpetuo is coming to stake a claim, while Means is coming to prove he belongs. Although I don’t think Perpetuo would get the immediate pink slip with a loss, Means will. The drive to avoid such a situation will propel Means into a victory by unanimous decision.

Carey: This is definitely a loser-goes-home fight for Means, but I, like my colleagues, don’t see the “Dirty Bird” having to bid farewell to the Octagon in the near future. Perpetuo put on a solid effort against Mein, but he looked out-gunned in that fight. I expect a lot of the same against Means. Perpetuo is going to be looking for a slugfest. Means will have no problem obliging and eventually scoring the knockout. How well Perpetuo performs before that point will likely decide whether or not he gets a pink slip to go with his knockout loss.

LHW: Patrick Cummins (5-1) vs. Kyle Kingsbury (11-5)

Kuhl: There are two things I don’t understand about Patrick Cummins and Kyle Kingsbury. First, how in the hell did Cummins get into any fight beyond his bout with Daniel Cormier after tuning up a handful of cake fighters in his previous fights? Second, how did Kingsbury go 0-3 in his last few fights to put himself in a position to be one loss away from the pink slip? As these guys meet in the cage, Kingsbury will have a two-inch height advantage, a three-inch reach advantage and a lot more experience than Cummins. If he can ward off Cummins’ initial barrage, he should be able to take this one deep, wearing out the former NCAA Division I wrestler. I have Kingsbury coming back with a vengeance and taking this one by unanimous decision.

Carey: I’ve got to disagree with my colleague on just about everything here. Getting shellacked by Cormier may have been a career low for Cummins, but he definitely deserves his spot on the UFC roster. If you don’t believe me, watch this video. He bikes, he does crazy flips off trampolines, he makes pottery… How are you not impressed by this guy? In all seriousness, I actually do think Cummins is a solid talent and has the skills to be a very good light heavyweight sooner rather than later. The road to that continues on Saturday. Cummins by first-round TKO

Gardner: Kingsbury and Cummins are two fighters I would classify as workout warriors—they look great in the gym and have skills, but neither guy is the real deal when that cage door closes. Cummins is a skilled wrestler, but Kingsbury’s natural athleticism will allow him to keep this contest on the feet, where it is anyone’s fight. Cummins is a little more technical and Kingsbury is a little more powerful, but it’s technique that will prevail. Cummins via second-round TKO.

LW: Daron Cruickshank (15-4) vs. Jorge Masvidal (26-8)

Carey: Oh boy, this fight between Daron Cruickshank and Jorge Masvidal should be a lot of fun. Both guys love to throw unorthodox strikes, especially kicks, and they have legit knockout power in all four limbs. If this wasn’t already one of the most action-packed cards of the year, they’d have a good chance at earning some bonus money. It’s hard not to like the momentum behind Cruickshank and his back-to-back head-kick knockout wins. “The Detroit Superstar” by a late TKO.

Gardner: I share Vince’s enthusiasm for this bout. Masvidal and Cruickshank really know how to put on a show. Don’t expect a clean bout of technical brilliance, but do expect to see a lot of strikes coming from a lot of different angles. Masvidal via unanimous decision.

Kuhl: Cruickshank has been knocking guys out in the UFC, whereas Masvidal has been a bit of a decision machine ever since he left Bellator in 2009. I just don’t see Masvidal bringing stopping power, but his efforts might just get him knocked out. I’ll side with Vince and take Cruickshank by TKO.