UFC 158: Jake Ellenberger vs. Nate Marquardt

Kevin and George from Uncut Sports “weigh in” on the lightweight bouts from the upcoming UFC 158 card.

Lightweights Mike Ricci and Colin Fletcher will clash at UFC 158. Canadian Mike Ricci looks to get consistent after losing 3 of his last 5. If you recall Ricci was defeated by Colton Smith via unanimous decision on December 15, 2012 at the The Ultimate Fighter: Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson Finale. Ricci has some knockout power and he showed it when he received Knockout of the season in TUF 16, and 4 of his 7 victories inside the Octagon have come via KO. Colin Fletcher was in TUF the Smashes. Fletcher faced Norman Parke on December 15, 2012 in the finals at UFC on FX: Sotiropoulos vs. Pearson. He lost the fight via unanimous decision. I think Fletcher needs to take this fight to the ground, all but one of his wins have come via submission. If he stands and bangs with Ricci, it could be a short night.

Jake Ellenberger will meet returning UFC veteran Nate Marquardt who made the drop to welterweight in his short stint with Strikeforce. This is an interesting match up, and vital for both fighters who have been a little hit or miss lately. Vegas has Ellenberger as the favorite, and I’m gonna have to agree with them. I think that Ellenberger’s ability to mix up his hands and wrestling will keep Marquardt guessing, off balance, and create a slow start. With this fight only being three rounds. I see Ellenberger earning a decision.