Double Down 1 – Luke Rockhold -550
Luke Rockhold (15-3) hasn’t fought since he lost the middleweight crown to Michael Bisping, in June of 2016. He’s made it very clear that he deserves a title shot, but with the depth in the middleweight division, the 32-year-old will have to earn his shot. David Branch (23-3) is an ideal challenge for the former champ. Branch is on an 11 fight win streak but hasn’t fought someone of Rockhold’s caliber in some time. Both men can wrestle, grapple and throw bombs, although Rockhold holds the edge in both the stand-up and ground game. Expect Rockhold to control the fight and push for an early finish. Rockhold via TKO inside three rounds.
Upset 1 – Uriah Hall +175
Since his impressive runner-up finish at TUF 17, Uriah Hall (12-8) is an even five and five but has compiled three straight losses. The 33-year-old, desperately needs a win if he has any chance of making the top 10 ranked fighters in a stacked middleweight division. Krzysztof Jotko (19-2) is a very balanced fighter with an excellent chin. In 21 professional bouts, Jotko has never been knocked out and has only been finished once. The 28-year-old Pole is coming off a loss to the tough David Branch via split decision. Outside of Branch, Jokto hasn’t fought the same quality of fighters that Hall has faced in the UFC. Hall’s athleticism and unique striking may provide the proper touch to knock Jokto out. If Hall can execute a solid game plan, he should sleep Jokto and get back into the win column.
Double Down 2 – Gregor Gillespie -450
It’s been quite a welcome to the UFC for undefeated lightweight Gregor Gillespie (9-0). In his first two UFC bouts, he’s posted a dominant decision victory over Glaico Franca (16-5) and a 21 second KO of Andrew Holbrook(12-3). The undefeated New York native should dominate the octagon again against Jason Gonzalez (11-3). Gillespie’s world class wrestling should be the determining factor in this bout. Look for Gillespie to take Gonzalez down and beat him into submission. Gillespie via unanimous decision.
Upset 2 – Daniel Spitz +160
After his first professional loss, Daniel Spitz (5-1) looks to rebound Saturday against Anthony Hamilton (15-7). This heavyweight showdown is a classic clash of styles. Spitz has excellent BJJ, four of his five wins have come by way of submission. Spitz uses his 6’7, 240-pound frame to wrap opponents up like an anaconda and submit them. Hamilton is a 6’5 260-pound striker with KO power. Eight of his 15 victories have come by knockout. Look for Spitz to stay out of Hamilton’s range and burn his energy. If Hamilton gases himself, Spitz should be able to take him down and make him tap in the final round. Spitz by way of submission.