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UFC Fight Night 19 Preview & Predictions

ufc fight night 19With only four bouts officially reserved for the televised portion of UFC Fight Night 19, this latest installment promises to be another that leaves viewers with a hunger for more.

With main card match-ups of Nate Diaz vs. Melvin Guillard, Gray Maynard vs. Roger Huerta and more, the undercard boasts notable names such as C.B. Dollaway, Brock Larson and others.

UFC Fight Night 19 is set for Wednesday evening, September 16, from Oklahoma City, and will air live on Spike TV.

So without further adue, come along as I dive into what should be an action packed night of fights.

Nate Diaz vs. Melvin Guillard

At first glance this match-up makes me wonder how it achieved headliner status being that neither man are in any kind of position to challenge for the title in the near future. It’s a fight without much consequence on either side, but when you read between the lines it makes so much sense. First off, it’s a Fight Night card. I’m not saying for one second that Fight Night cards don’t deserve a big headliner, but they do want bouts that will fail to disappoint. In my estimation, Diaz vs. Guillard is that bout.

While Melvin has had a reputation as being susceptible to the submissions in the past, his most recent hard fought split decision victory over Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Gleison Tibau tells me that the major holes in his submission defense have been addressed. Diaz has a heck of a chin, but if Guillard can put one directly on it I have no doubt in my mind that he will be wobbled. Diaz may be slightly more technical with the boxing but I’ll give Guillard a huge edge in the power department.

Guillard has the momentum right now, but my gut wants to say Diaz finds a way to pull this one out. I’ll say this much, in my opinion the only way Guillard wins this fight is if he scores the KO or TKO. If he can’t finish the fight and chooses to stand up, I see Diaz having a slight edge on the scorecards because of his range and ability to put his punches together. The formula to beat Diaz is to put him on his back and keep him there, while Guillard may be the stronger wrestler, being on top of Diaz for three rounds and avoiding being tapped out is extremely unlikely.

Winner: Diaz via submission

Roger Huerta vs. Gray Maynard

Maynard is the better wrestler and he’s the more technical boxer. Everything Huerta is good at, Maynard is decisively better at. The UFC is fully aware of that. What do you do with a guy like Huerta who’s on his way out after this fight? You use him as a springboard for an up and coming fighter you want to promote as the next big thing. Maynard is that guy. Huerta, movie star and Sports Illustrated cover athlete, is an incredible feather to put in your cap, and the fact that the UFC matched Roger up with Maynard tells me two things: A) They know what I do, there’s no way Huerta wins this fight, and B) Maynard will be challenging for the title in the near future very soon. I’d be surprised if he doesn’t face B.J. Penn in early 2010. Or I guess the politically correct thing to say would be that I expect for Gray to face “the winner of Penn vs. Sanchez” in early 2010. Oh yeah, prediction….

Winner: Maynard via one-sided decision

Carlos Condit vs. Jake Ellenberger

Ellenberger is between a rock and a hard place in this bout, Not only does he have to face a fighter as experienced and dangerous as “The Natural Born Killer” in his Octagon debut, he gets to face a pissed off Condit that’s eager to redeem himself after a razor thin split decision loss to Martin Kampmann in the headliner of the previous Fight Night card. Now Kampmann is being discussed as a potential title challenger.

I fully expect Condit to fight like a man possessed in this bout, putting on a highlight reel performance in what promises to be an electrifying fight. Ellenberger is a gamer, and he’s not stopped easily. Condit’s going to have to work for it, but expect for him to put on a career defining performance in this one.

Winner: Condit via TKO (there’s a first time for everything)

Tim Credeur vs. Nate Quarry

There are a few bouts on this card with a ton of potential and this is definitely one of them. I couldn’t be more impressed with Credeur as of late. His submission arsenal and punishing stand-up game make him a true threat anywhere the fight goes. With that being said, Quarry will definitely be a step up for Credeur, but a step I feel like he will be ready to take.

It’s no secret as to what Nate likes to do in the cage, he’s a knockout artist. A strong wrestling base and incredibly heavy hands have served Quarry well through the years. With Credeur, he’s more well known for his ground game but his striking has been improving volumes with each appearance in the cage.

If the fight ends by TKO or KO, it’s Quarry’s; if it ends by submission, it’s Credeur’s; if it goes the distance….. flip a coin, but it will be fireworks the whole time.

Winner: Credeur via Decision

Steve Cantwell vs. Brian Stann

Anyone that saw the previous fights between these two has to be as jacked for this fight as I am. Expect to see a real life version of rock’em-sock’em robots in this one. These guys are like mirror images of one another. Strong wrestlers, heavy hands, solid chins. Both of them couldn’t be happier standing and trading punches. It’s a good recipe.

If Cantwell can manage to get Stann on the canvas for a significant amount of time he should be in a good place to pull off a submission. However, the more likely scenario I see playing out in this one is both of these guys just decking and kicking one another for a couple of rounds before one of the two sags to the canvas. Very hard fight for me to call. I feel like Stann is going to surprise some people in this one and bounce back in the rubber-match.

Winner: Stann via TKO

Mike Pyle vs. Chris Wilson

It seems like no card is complete without at least one “loser goes home” match-up. This bout between rebounding welterweights is without a doubt that fight.

On paper this fight looks relatively close, but I feel like Wilson will finally have his chance to shine after being fed to Jon Fitch in his Octagon debut and dropping a close split decision to John Howard at UFC 94.

Of course styles make fights and much could have changed with both men over the course a few of years, but the contrasting results against a common opponent in Rory Markham continues to scream out at me when analyzing this one. Wilson TKO’d Markham in the opening round, while Pyle was knocked out in the first during bouts that took place in 2006. MMAth seldom works but I have a gut instinct in this one.

Winner: Wilson via TKO

C.B. Dollaway vs. Jay Silva

This fight is going to be a huge jump up in competition for Silva, but the same can’t be said for Dollaway. This isn’t his first trip to the rodeo. Taking a fight with a veteran like Dollaway on short notice and debuting in the UFC will surely have an effect on Silva, but even if it didn’t, I don’t think it would matter. Dollaway has too much experience and he’s too good in too many areas for Silva at this point in his still developing career.

Silva is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu purple belt but don’t expect for C.B. to get caught in any early submission attempts in this one. His recent loss to Tom Lawlor has left Dollaway more determined than ever before. I feel like C.B.’s striking arsenal is widely underrated, and if Silva makes that mistake in this bout, it may very likely end up being a costly one. When it’s all said and done, I feel like Silva has a lot of potential, and he’s the exact type of free-swinging knockout artist that I enjoy watching, but C.B. just has more ways to win this fight. His wrestling will also give him the ability to choose where he wants the fight to go. It will be fun while it lasts because Silva has little to lose taking a fight like this on such short notice.

Winner: Dollaway via TKO

Phillipe Nover vs. Sam Stout

I’ll admit that there’s a special place in my dark heart for Nover due to his time spent blogging for 5 Oz’s during his stint in the TUF house, and I’d be lying if I didn’t say I wasn’t worried about my boy in this one. Not that I don’t think this is a fight Nover can win; I just feel like he was dealt a bad hand in his previous loss to Kyle Bradley (a fight many thought was stopped prematurely) and he has a tough fight in front of him with Stout. A loss here and Nover may be taking a temporary vacation from the organization. It’s the UFC though. Sink or swim time.

Sam Stout has a chin of cast-iron. To beat him you’re really going to have to pack a lunch and plan on going the distance. Nover can win this fight but he’s going to have to dig down really deep. Even though I feel like the stoppage in his previous bout was a bit early, Phillipe still got clipped, and they don’t call Stout “Hands of Stone” for nothing.

Winner: Stout via TKO

Justin Buchholz vs. Jeremy Stephens

You’re just not going to get an easy fight in the UFC. It’s not going to happen. Something both of these talented lightweights are learning the hard way. Both of them are coming off of losses, and both seem to be in a potential “fight for survival” situation. Buchholz is a stud, no question about it, but how a fighter as exciting and marketable as Stephens ends up in a situation like this is just a testament to how incredibly stacked the UFC 155 pound weight class currently is.

This is a bad match-up for Buchholz and a good match-up for Stephens. Jeremy’s wrestling and punching power will serve as the difference maker in this one.

Winner: Stephens via TKO

Brock Larson vs. Mike Pierce

This is going to be a much closer fight than a lot of people may be expecting. Larson is bonafide. There’s no doubting his worthiness of the Octagon. Pierce raised my eyebrows when he recently scored a unanimous decision over Paul Bradley. A previously undefeated TUF veteran that recently signed with Strikeforce, I had Bradley tabbed as one of the premier prospects in the welterweight division. Pierce’s victory over Paul makes him a welterweight to keep a close eye on in this bout against a proven veteran like Larson.

Tough fight to call because Pierce has never faced a fighter as durable and dangerous as Larson. This fight should answer any questions there are currently hanging over the head of Pierce. This fight should be fun.

Winner: Larson via decision

Ryan Jensen vs. Steven Steinbeiss

With a UFC record of 0-3, one doesn’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that Jensen desperately needs a win in this one for a chance to fight inside of the Octagon anytime in the future. Steinbeiss’ record can be deceiving at 4-2, but a loss to Bill Mahood in the second fight of your career, and then a recent split decision defeat to the much larger and more experienced Carmelo Marrero in Steve’s previous bout is nothing to be ashamed of.

Both of these guys have a lot to fight for in this bout. In the end, Steinbeiss’ striking advantage will be the deciding factor. Steve sparring regularly with Carlos Condit and training alongside the rest of the animals at Arizona Combat Sports makes me feel confident with this pick.

Winner: Steinbeiss via TKO

23 COMMENTS
  • xtreme_machine says:

    all of them are good by me.

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  • fanoftna33 says:

    Good picks.
    I will go with Quarry by ko, Nate is to strong for Tim, and Tims Jiu Jitsu wont help him here as he wont be able to take Nate down.
    Nate vs Melvin is going to be fun, as any fight where one guy truly has one punch ko power, but I do think Nate will take it, Clemiti subbed Melvin so I think with Nates chin being as good as it is he can handle Melvin enough to get the submission here.
    I hope Stann gets the ko here espacially after Cantwells comments about being happy to break Razak al hussen’s arm after their last fight.

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  • edub says:

    Well Cory its time for me whoop up on ya once again….

    diaz via sub
    gray via tko
    condit via dec
    QUARRY VIA KO
    CANTWELL VIA TKO ON THE GROUND OR SUB
    wilson via tko
    NOVER VIA TKO(i know complete opposite of what everyone else is thinking but i gotta go with my gut)
    stephens via tko
    larson via dec
    steinbeiss via dec

    I made sure to capitalize the ones you got wrong Cory. HAAAAAA!

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  • fanoftna33 says:

    I am wondering why Condit isnt facing a bit tougher opponent, or maybe a more recognizable name, honestly I would much rather see Ellinberger ve Paulo Thiago and Condit vs Alves.

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  • Rich S. says:

    Diaz/Guillard is actually tough for me to call..

    I mean, the easy pick is Diaz via 1st round submission.. That’s what we SHOULD see.. That’s what a SMART Nate Diaz would shoot for.. But I don’t think it’s going to happen..

    Nate has said a couple times now that he’s glad he finally has someone who will strike with him, and not take him down and lay on him..

    I think Nate is going to stand with Guillard for as long as he can..

    And because of that, Guillard winning by Knockout is a HUGE possibility tomorrow night..

    Then again, the Diaz bros have some of the toughest chins around.. We may see a Diaz-Lawler-esque knockout that has Nate raising his hands in the end.. Who knows these days :)

    I’m still going to stick with the easy pick and said Nate Diaz via Submission..

    I can’t help but think Maynard is going to do to Huerta what Guida did, only finish the job.. Maynard via Decision..

    Condit via Submission..

    I like Creduer, he’s a cool guy, but unless he’s changed the way he strikes, we’re going to see Quarry knock him senseless..
    Quarry has nice strikes, and pretty heavy hands, and Creduer likes to keep that chin wayyyyy up in the air when he’s punching.. I’ll let you do the MMAth on that one.. Quarry via TKO..

    I don’t see why Cantwell wouldn’t be able to give a repeat performance.. I think it will be on the ground this time, but still, Cantwell via TKO..

    Jay Silva seems to have some HEAVY hands, but, I’m going with Dolloway via Decision..

    Nover did good on the show.. I guess we’ll see if he’s really ready to hang with the UFC’s LW’s after this fight.. I have Stout via Split Decision..

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  • submit662266 says:

    hmmm. Nate submits Melvin R1.
    Dolloway will lose.
    Stout by KO, R2
    Stephens will also pull out the W. I’m not sure about the rest of them, but I can’t wait to watch it.
    Good news for me: I’m going to UFC 104!!!!

    War Machida putting a severe beatdown on Shogun.

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  • Bullylover says:

    DIAZ VIA SUB RD 2

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  • Bullylover says:

    I forgot GO TEAM STOCKTONE!!!

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  • Bullylover says:

    Cory i don’t quit see how you could choose stann over cantwell. In their last fight against eachother Cantwell looked like he had the better technical standup arsenal landing knees and elbows,things that stann has never tried. Cantwell also looks like he has the better groundgame a department that stann looks very weak at sub defense. Any ways i was just wondering why you made that pick thats all. Guess we’ll see who’s predictions come out right tomorrow.

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  • Angry Mike says:

    Stann is a genuine hero, but Cantwell has his number. Cantwell by ko or tko. He tried to stand and trade with Stann in their first fight and lost. He used better movement and grappling in their second fight and won convincingly. It wouldn’t be very smart of him to revert to the losing game plan from his first fight, and I don’t think he will.

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  • Cory Brady says:

    Trust me, I was up against the wall on the Stann/Cantwell fight, but my gut just tells me that Stann doesn’t lose that third straight bout. He’s better than that. I know Cantwell was getting the better of him in their last bout, but I think with guys like Cantwell and Stann, it’s all about who’s “on” that night. I feel like the odds are in Stann’s favor because he lost his last two. I kind of went with my superstitious side on this one. Wouldn’t be surprised if it came back and bit me in the butt. Wouldn’t be the first time. I like to grab the bull by the horns, haha. Plus it’s like I just have to make one crazy pick every time. I guess this time, this was it.

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  • edub says:

    Oh and I forgog Dollaway by tko(gnp)

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  • Bullylover says:

    does anybody know who this Jay silva dollaway is fighting is? i’ve never really heard of him and many people talk like he is nothing but a stepping stone for dollaway.

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  • As long as the weight cut doesnt hurt Diaz I got him via 1st round sub. I agree with most of your picks but I am going with Quarry over Credeur.

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  • BigDave says:

    Ok….I wont ramble….much!

    1. Diaz vs. Guillard- I hate Diaz and hope Guillard smashes him and for good measure go over to the corner and smash his brother too. But this is a prediction so I’ll have to give the edge to Diaz because of his Submission Game and Cardio.

    Diaz 2nd Round Submission (guillatine choke)

    2. Huerta vs. Maynard- Can’t agree more with Cory here on his asessment of this fight. Maynard is just plain better period. the only disagreement is the finish.

    Maynard 1st Round TKO (strikes)

    3. Condit vs. Ellenberger- Can you say “Fight of the Night”. This will be a war with both guys trying to put the others head into the concession stand. It will come down to how has more in the tank and that in my opinion will be Condit. He is all heart and will never stop coming at him and I see him taking it down and submitting Jake.

    Condit 3rd Round Submission (RNC)

    4. Credeur vs. Quarry- Credeur is just far to good for Quarry to handle. Tim needs to time Nate’s big punches and counter, then get it to the ground where Tim will dominate.

    Credeur 1st Round Tko (G&P)

    5. Cantwell vs. Stann- Not much to say here those who dont learn from there mistakes are DOOMED to repeat them.

    Stann 2nd Round Tko (Strikes) x3

    6. Pyle vs. Wilson- Wilson needs to win this fight plain and simple. I’m afraid it just ain’t gonna happen. pyle has been in there with and beat better opposition( Subbed Jon Fitch in his second fight not to mention he went the distance with Runpage Jackson in his pro debut) and is a submission machine. They Don’t call him “quicksand” for nothing.

    Pyle 3rd Round Submission (RNC)

    7. C.B.Dollaway vs. Jay Silva- Cory is right CB is the more experienced guybut in this case I think its Irialivent. If Silva gets hold of Dollaway’s arm in even the mildest attempt at an armbar CB will Tap Rather then try to fight out of it.

    Silva 2nd Round submission (armbar)

    8. Phillipe Nover vs Sam Stout- “Knockout of the Night” You heard it hear first. Nover hasn’t got a hope in hell here no matter how many bird embryos he eats.

    Stout 1st Round KO

    9.Justin Buchholz vs. Jeremy Stephens- Can’t really improve on Cory’s prediction so won’t bother.

    Stephens 1st Round Tko (strikes)

    10. Brock Larson vs. Mike Pierce- Mike is an up and comer that is jumping into a shark pit. Try as I might I can’t invision any way Pierce wins this. Larson is a beast and I think after this fight he is in line for a rematch against Fitch for a shot at the number one contender spot. I’m calling “Submission of the Night”.

    Larson 2nd Round Submission (D’arce choke)

    11. Ryan Jensen vs. Steven Stienbeiss- I like these guys both but there has to be a winner so Jensen I’m sorry bro, but there is always strikeforce. Steven is just the better fighter and is going to win this fight.

    Stienbeiss 2nd Round Tko (strikes)

    There thats the best I can do without Rambling on. IT’S TIME!

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  • Cory Brady says:

    Great breakdown BigDave! You too Rich. edub, we’ll see who has the last laugh when it’s all said and done my friend. It’s on buddy.

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  • fanoftna33 says:

    I dont see any chance here for Credeur, I think Quarry will pretty much have his way with him. Standing its all Nate, and Tim does not have the wrestling to get Nate to the ground. Tim is a very tough guy so a decision would not surprise me, but I dont think he has any way of winning here.

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  • edub says:

    Your damn right its on Cory. Bring it son!

    Big Dave I dont agree with some of your picks, but that was a very detailed/fun to read breakdown. Great post man. Although my picks are gonna smash urs.

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  • edub says:

    Oh and it appears that Nate is gonna go up to welterweight finally. I cant wait. I think if he can put on the muscle right he will be even better though.

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  • hindsightufuk says:

    just wanna say it now, Jake Ellenberger gonna win

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  • Bullylover says:

    edub
    you mean that nate quarry is going to move to ww?

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  • fanoftna33 says:

    I think he is talking about Nate Diaz.

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  • Bullylover says:

    I sure in the hell don’t see how nate can make it up to WW. He is a lot slimmer than his brother and would have a big strength disadvantage if he does do this.

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