No one can be certain of the fighting fate awaiting Saturday's four finalists -- lightweights
Time for Bader vs. Magalhaes. Big-time collegiate wrestling versus world-class Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Bader should have an edge on the feet -- though not a wide one -- and you could see him wrestle to stay standing rather than put the chiseled Brazilian on his back.
Oddsmakers have pegged Magalhaes as the favorite. I'm not sure I understand their logic. This feels like a close to even bout, with each man possessing the tools to win, and deficiencies that could cost them.
No grappling to speak of in the fight. Sometimes fighters feel compelled to put on a show, and in MMA that's come to mean a standup affair. Perhaps that's why Magalhaes didn't even feign a takedown, but he needs to remember what makes him dangerous, and I'm sure he will as he gets more comfortable in his transition from jiu-jitsu to MMA.
Beyond talent, fighters like Bader find success because they realize there's power in doing anything within their means to find an edge. Yet another talented wrestler, now with a 9-0 record, makes a name for himself in the UFC.
Efrain is in this fight. There's no reason he can't win. In fact, he looks looks like the better fighter through three and a half minutes.