Another European UFC card and you know what that means: free fights!
Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Goran Reljic
K-Sos is coming off his back-to-back wars with Stephan Bonnar and he’s on his 3rd fight this year. He is one of the more balanced fighters at 205 and can throw leather (Andre Gusmao KO) and he’s got solid ground skills (Brian Stann and Shane Primm Sub of the night awards) so there’s no one aspect of his game you have to defend against. You need a good all-around defense. Reljic is coming back to light heavyweight, after spending 2 fights at middleweight (his only 2 losses). He can go on the ground (BJJ brown belt) and likes to finish on the ground. However they want to go, this can be a fight of the night candidate.
Amir Sadollah vs. Peter Sobatta
Ultimate Fighter 7 winner Sadollah needs this win. A loss puts him at 3-3 in the UFC and could see him be the 2nd TUF champion cut. Especially in the post-merger era. A sambo black belt and BJJ purple belt, he has a solid ground game and his made great use of Thai boxing and leg kicks. Body and head kicks and work in the clench is what earned him a UD over Brad Blackburn at UFN 20. Sobatta also needs a win, at 1-2 in the UFC. He’ll feel at home on the ground, as he’s an expert in submission wrestling. But he’s a balanced striker as well, with 4 KO’s under his belt in 8 wins. Both guys will likely go all out, knowing that their spot in the UFC could be on the line.
Denis Siver vs. Andre Winner
TUF 9 finalist Winner is another guy looking to improve his UFC record in hopes of staving off a pink slip. At 2-2, he’s got crisp boxing, solid takedown defense and the cardio to ground out a decision win. Siver is a veteran fighter with a purple belt in BJJ. 4-1 in his second UFC stint, Siver most recently ground out a decision win against Spencer Fisher. He’ll be the aggressor on the ground in this fight, but can stand with the top strikers at 155 and will look for his spinning kick to the body.
Jorge Riviera vs. Alessio Sakara
Rivera is on a 3-fight win streak and is coming off his best performance against Nate Quarry. He landed an incredible 75% of his strikes in that TKO win. His boxing and Muay Thai is crisp and powerful and he can hold his own on the ground. Sakara is also riding a 3-fight win streak, most recently a KO win over James Irvin. He is a well regarded striker with a deep boxing background. He’s also a BJJ brown belt and also can defend the takedown well. These two are also very experienced, with 20 UFC fights between them. Legionarius will throw leather first, then try to get the fight to the ground as will Riviera. Both will likely try to KO of the Night.
Nate Marquardt vs. Yushin Okami
As it stands right now, the winner of this fight gets the next shot at the middleweight belt after Vitor Belfort. That’s always subject to change, but going into this fight both guys are looking for a title shot. Marquardt is considered one of the best UFC fighters to never hold a belt (along with Jon Fitch). The seven-time King of Pancrase is known for his submission prowess has won by knockout in his last 4 wins. At 30-9-2, he is one of the most experienced fighters in the UFC. If he wants another shot at Anderson Silva, he must not stand in front of Okami. He is an accomplished kickboxer (9 KOs in 25 wins) but can wrestle his way to a decision victory (11 of 25 wins). At 9-2 in the UFC, Okami has built his legend in the US and finally gets a chance to prove himself on the big stage. He’s hoping that this caps a night of great fights, better than expected at the very least.
|Soszynski vs. Reljic||K-Sos||K-Sos||K-Sos|
|Sadollah vs. Sobatta||Sadollah||Sadollah||Sadollah|
|Siver vs. Winner||Winner||Siver||Siver|
|Rivera vs. Sakara||Sakara||Sakara||Sakara|
|Marquardt vs. Okami||Marquardt||Marquardt||Marquardt|