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The last Fox Card gets some Lightweight Bangers as a swan song. – UFC Milwaukee Preview


Lightweight: Jim Miller (+255) Vs. Charles Oliveira (-294)

Jim Miller is arguably a Hall of Famer. This guy has been in the UFC for such a long time and has fought the best of the Lightweight division over his career. Recently he has been on the losing end of some tough decision losses to higher competition and was brutally knocked out by Kiwi, Dan Hooker. However, he most recently defeated Alex White by submission and is looking to go on a roll back up the rankings now. With his last win, Charles Oliveira passed Royce Gracie to achieve the most submission victories in UFC history. Oliveira spent most of his UFC Career at Featherweight, but due to many weight cut woes he moved up to lightweight and is now 3-1 since moving back up. I see this fight going down one of two ways. Charles Oliveira will get Jim Miller to the canvas with either a strike or a takedown and submit him or we get a slugfest for the ages. I’d say the former is more likely, but Jim Miller can still throw down with people who don’t have tremendous power. I’m picking Charles Oliveira. Charles Oliveira Def. Jim Miller

Bantamweight: Rob Font (-164) Vs. Sergio Pettis (+143)

Welcome back to the Bantamweight Division Sergio Pettis! After missing out on a Flyweight title shot at UFC 229, Sergio Pettis decided to bulk up to Bantamweight and fight at a much healthier weight for him. Sergio was a possible title challenger at Flyweight as stated previously so he is getting no free gimme fight for his Bantamweight return as my Massachusetts boy Rob Font is a killer inside the octagon. Font had his best performance at UFC 220 in Boston back in January where he defeated Thomas Almeida by TKO, though most recently he lost a decision to Raphael Assuncao, that is nothing to hang your head over. Even though I’ll be rooting for Font, I’m going to pick Pettis to take this victory in his hometown. Sergio Pettis Def. Rob Font

Lightweight: Edson Barboza (+110) Vs. Dan Hooker (-123)

This fight has a lot of moving parts to it. 1. Edson Barboza moved his training camp from the Mark Henry/Ricardo Almeida New Jersey duo to American Top Team. 2. Dan Hooker and his Auckland Based City Kickboxing Team are on a roll in the lightweight division. 3. Edson got beat down hard in his last two fights to Kevin Lee and Khabib Nurmagomedov. 4. Hooker has finished four straight fights over Ross Pearson, Marc Diakiese, Jim Miller and Gilbert Burns. Just based on recent consistency and the change in scenery for Edson, I’m picking Hooker to win this matchup, especially because he has performed well outside of Australia/New Zealand. Dan Hooker Def. Edson Barboza
Lightweight: Al Iaquinta (+275) Vs. Kevin Lee (-323)

Raging Al Iaquinta gained the respect of the MMA world back in March when he took on Khabib Nurmagomedov in the main event of UFC 223 on pretty much one day’s notice. Khabib is widely seen as the most destructive and unbeatable force in the UFC as a whole and Al put up a great fight, especially considering he was training for a three-round fight for the event and he wasn’t finished. Al’s stock is on the rise, however, he’s got a very tough test in Kevin Lee on Saturday. The former Lightweight Title Challenger recently faced Edson Barboza and dominated him for all five rounds, save for a spinning head kick take in the third round. I personally believe that Kevin Lee is a star in the making and will one day be a champion of the 165-pound weight class. I also could see a potential superstar making fight with Conor McGregor on the horizon, but all this only happens if he wins against Iaquinta. Kevin Lee has too much to lose to take Iaquinta lightly. I predict Kevin Lee will take the victory as a result. Kevin Lee Def. Al Iaquinta

Other Selections:

Welterweight: Zak Ottow (+235) Def. Dwight Grant (-270)

Lightweight: Drakkar Klose (-250) Def. Bobby Green (+220)

Lightweight: Jared Gordon (-128) Def. Joaquim Silva (+115)

Middleweight: Jack Hermansson (-159) Def. Gerald Meerschaert (+140)

Middleweight: Zak Cummings (-303) Def. Trevor Smith (+260)

Featherweight: Dan Ige (-172) Def. Jordan Griffin (+152)

Light Heavyweight: Adam Milstead (-135) Def. Mike Rodriguez (+120)

Heavyweight: Juan Adams (-455) Def. Chris de la Rocha (+355)

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