Fight Night brings lightweight battles to Oklahoma City
UFC Fight Night 19 is set to go down tonight at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, marking the promotion's first event in The Sooner State in 15 years. Airing live on Spike TV (8 p.m. ET/PT), Fight Night 19 will be highlighted by a lightweight doubleheader, and followed by the
On Monday, fighters stepped on the scale and all made weight, except for main-event fighter
So with the slate of 22 fighters cleared to battle, here's everything you need to know for tonight's card.
Diaz has the obvious advantage on the ground and will need to get the fight there in order to get the job done as quickly as possible. Guillard is extremely athletic and has some good striking ability, but has often choked in big fights.
Diaz won't be fooling around in this fight, he'll need to be serious and end the fight at the first opportunity. Look for Guillard to keep the fight on the feet, but he'll eventually get a little too over anxious and get caught in a submission once the fight gets to the ground.
Xtreme Couture lightweight
Maynard has been manhandling all of his opponents. He has done it with improved striking to go along with his wrestling ability. Huerta is a scrappy striker and that has got him through the majority of his UFC career, but that came to an end when he faced talented grappler
Maynard should just out muscle Huerta, wrestle him down and maul him with vicious ground and pound en route to a lopsided decision victory.
Former WEC welterweight champion
Condit is considered to be one of the best strikers in the welterweight division for good reason; he has some of the best knees in the welterweight division. One aspect of Condit that is underrated is his submission ability, which he displayed successfully many times in the WEC.
Ellenberger will be looking to take the fight down and maul Condit from the top with ground and pound. Expect Ellenberger to take the fight to the ground and get a little over aggressive, enabling Condit to catch him in a submission.
Quarry's best strength has always been his boxing ability and it won't be any different in this fight. Credeur has had success on the feet in the UFC and has improved his striking immensely, but trading with Quarry would put him at a disadvantage. He will need to get the fight on the ground and use his submission ability, which is one of Quarry's weak points.
The difference in the fight will be Quarry's wrestling ability, which will help him keep the fight on the feet and give him the edge he needs to win.
Former WEC light heavyweight champion
Don't expect too much to change from their last meeting, which was dominated by Cantwell. Look for him use angles and mix in kicks to keep Stann off balance. Stann will need to get on the inside if he is to be successful, but Cantwell will be able to avoid that and take another stoppage victory in the rubber match.
Brazilian trained welterweight
Pyle is quite a strong submission fighter and will look to get the fight to the ground, where he can work his technique. Wilson will need to use his wrestling ability to keep the fight on the feet, where he has a clear advantage over Pyle. The deciding factor in the fight will be whether or not the fight stays on the feet or the ground. If it's on the feet then Wilson wins, but on the ground, Pyle wins.
Silva's strength is on the ground, but he has shown that he is capable of getting the job done on the feet. Look for Dollaway to use his wrestling ability to overwhelm the newcomer with strikes early in the fight.
Stout's obvious strength is his kickboxing ability, but he has worked on improving his takedown defense so he can fully utilize his striking ability. Nover will need to get the fight to the ground and use his ground advantage, but Stout should be able to keep the fight on the feet and tag Nover all night long with strikes.
Stephens has shown a penchant for brawling and landing a big shot when needed. Buchholz has shown that he is a well rounded fighter, being more than capable on the feet or the ground. These two will trade shots to start the bout, but as the fight wears on, Buchholz's ground advantage will play a factor later in the fight, ending it with a submission.
Pierce's strength is his wrestling, but the problem is that Larson is a bigger and stronger wrestler than Pierce. He'll need to catch Larson on the feet. If not, expect Larson to have his way with Pierce on the ground, finishing the fight with either strikes or a submission.
Arizona Combat Sports fighter
Steinbeiss is a skilled kickboxer and will have the advantage on the feet, while Jensen will look to take the fight to the ground. Jensen's best chance will be to grind out a decision on the mat, while Steinbeiss looks to finish the fight with strikes.