On Saturday, January 24, 2014 the UFC heads to the Tele2 Arena in Stockholm, Sweden for UFC on Fox: Gustafsson vs. Johnson. This will be the UFC’s first live Fox broadcast of 2015 and on paper it looks pretty good.

The main event of the evening features a light heavyweight bout between Alexander Gustafsson and Anthony Johnson; the winner will receive the next shot at Jon Jones and his UFC light heavyweight title.

In the co-main event of the evening aging legend Dan Henderson is looking to prove he still has one last run in him as he takes on middleweight standout Gegard Mousasi.

While this card is stacked from top to bottom with names the average fight fan would recognize, this card is loaded with some interesting matchups. It’s going to be an interesting night, but I think I have a pretty good feel for how the main card will play out.

Akira Corassani vs. Sam Sicilia

The UFC’s featherweight division is quickly becoming one of the most interesting divisions in all of MMA and the talent pool is deep. Corassani and Sicilia are both teetering on the edge right now and both men are in desperate need of a win Saturday night. Corassani has faced better competition during his UFC career and he is a more developed fighter, but Sicilia is a finisher and I like that. In close fights on paper, I tend to lean towards the fighter who finishes fights and that’s what I’m doing here.

The Prediction – Sicilia via first round TKO

Phil Davis vs. Ryan Bader

This one is a really interesting bout and while it won’t have a direct effect on the UFC light heavyweight title picture, it will be a pivotal fight in identifying a future title contender. Davis and Bader are not at that elite of the elite level yet, but both men have to tools to get there. A win here could set them up for a potential end of the year title shot.

As good as Bader has looked in his last three wins, I just don’t know if he is one Davis’s level. On the feet he is extremely dangerous and powerful but I’m not sold he will be able to keep the fight standing. While Bader has an impressive wrestling pedigree, Davis’s is more impressive and his style of wrestling has translated into MMA perfectly.

The Prediction – Davis via Unanimous Decision

Dan Henderson vs. Gegard Mousasi

I really think a lot of people are sleeping on this co-main event between Henderson and Mousasi and a lot of it has to do with the fact that both men were dominated in their last bouts and Henderson is 44 years old. But don’t be surprised if this bout steals the show on Saturday night.

Henderson may be 44, but he still has enough power to put people to sleep and Mousasi is still one of the best fighters in the sport. My head is telling me to pick Mousasi here because of his youth and his superior technical boxing ability, but my heart is telling me Henderson has one big “H-bomb” left in him.

The Prediction – Henderson via third round TKO

Alexander Gustafsson vs. Anthony Johnson

As a fan, I’m really excited for this bout because Gustafsson and Johnson are two of the best and brightest in the UFC light heavyweight division; both men are freak athletes and both have vicious killer instincts.

Gustafsson has proven that he is one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the sport and he was close to dethroning Jones as champion at UFC 165. Gustafsson is going to have a technical advantage in the cage on Saturday, but I’m not sure that will be enough. Johnson is one of the hottest fighters in the sport and now that he is not killing himself cutting weight, his performances have been spectacular.

The Prediction – Johnson via third round TKO

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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.