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Knowing Lopez's path to victory goes through the takedown, expect Assuncao to keep him on the end of his reach and limit the year-old's opportunities to bring the fight to the mat - potshotting that will net him his third straight victory on points. While even on his worst day would he be a tough test for anybody, Pettis does not appear to have the same drive and passion that he once did. The year-old Marquardt has gotten his hand raised just three times in his past 11 trips to the cage - hence Ferreira's status as the betting favorite - but if his takedown defense holds up, it shouldn't take long for him to get cozy with the Brazilian's brittle chin for a much-needed W. Lopez will certainly be looking to take the fight to the mat where his strong top control can generate offense. Featured Preliminary Bout

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Prediction — Oddsmakers see Brown as a significant favorite here Both combatants have shown the ability to go the distance and create an all-out war. Brown by TKO, round one. Albini has twelve finishes in his fourteen professional wins. His opponent may very well be fighting for his UFC career. Prediction — Arlovski made some noise when he returned to the UFC in But in recent fights, he has not been able to handle the power of his opponents.

Albini showed good patience and fluid combination striking in his UFC debut. The Brazilian finds a home for an uppercut then follows up to get the finish.

Albini by TKO, round two. Marquardt enters the cage having lost his last two and only winning two of his last seven. Ferreira by TKO, round one. Assucao has developed an elusive, high-volume striking game while also maintaining his ability to grapple. At years of age, the Georgia resident will need to make a run sooner rather than later. Lopez was discovered on Dana White: Lopez will certainly be looking to take the fight to the mat where his strong top control can generate offense.

Kicking off the main card showcases two of the longest-tenured athletes in all of the UFC. The Boston-native Lauzon has had mixed success in recent years, alternating wins and losses in his last eight fights. In recent fights, Lauzon has had strong first rounds but shown a tendency to fade the longer the fight goes.

Guida has relocated his training camp full-time to Sacramento under the tutelage of Team Alpha Male. Prediction — Lauzon will be in this fight from the get-go. But recent history has proven that Lauzon has had a hard time dealing with grueling, tiring battles. Guida by unanimous decision. The absolutely loaded prelims portion of the UFC: Headlining the prelims will be ranked Bantamweights who possess lightning speed and explosive power. They have since made their UFC debuts as injury replacements where both fell short.

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Stan Martyniouk has done just that. The question is, who will have their hand raised at the end of it? Pettis was sitting on top of the lightweight world just three years ago, but an injury-plagued few years have left him fighting just to get back in the lb rankings. A run of three straight defeats led to him moving down to featherweight, but after a successful debut outing he was unable to make weight for an interim title fight with Max Holloway and that resulted in him returning to the lightweight division earlier this year.

It was a successful return for Pettis, as he beat Jim Miller via decision, and now he has the opportunity to haul himself back into the top 10 on Saturday night. Providing the opposition is eighth-ranked Dustin Poirier, who is aiming to win back-to-back fights for the first time in over a year.

He now gets another shot at a former lb champion as he bids to put himself in the title picture, but I expect Poirier to come up short. Injuries and lengthy lay-offs have certainly affected Pettis over the past couple of years, but on his day there are very few lightweight fighters on the planet that can hang with him. He will do so again here by finishing Poirier inside five rounds. Matt Brown and Diego Sanchez are notorious for leaving it all in the Octagon and that will happen again here — the question is who will be the winner?

He has suffered a host of knockout defeats over the years and once heavy-handed Junior Albini lands a good shot it will be all over for Arlovski — not just the fight but perhaps his career too.

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