UFC Fight Night 78 Predictions: Main Card

Kelvin Gastelum versus Tyron Woodley

Neil Magny (16-4-0) vs. Kelvin Gastelum (11-1-0)
Gastelum has always had a hard time making 170 and now he has to do it without the help of an IV bag. Even if he makes weight, what is going to happen when he can not rehydrate properly. His biggest strength in this fight is his wrestling, but we have not seen anyone really hold Magny down beside Demain Maia. That had more to do with his BJJ skills than his wrestling though. Magny is long and can use his range and jab effectively to keep Gastelum at bay. Plus, his grappling is not bad at all and we may even see him take Gastelum down. Plus, with the addition of five rounds it adds a new wrinkle to the fight. Magny by TKO late in the fifth after Gastelum tires.

Ricardo Lamas (15-4-0) vs. Diego Sanchez (25-7-0)
Sanchez really has no shot at winning this. In fact, he has not won a real bout since he fought at 170 with most his wins in the last few years being questionable. Plus, you add on all the wear and tear on his body due to fighting for so long and it only spells doom when facing such a tough fighter in Ricardo Lamas. Since being at Featherweight, Lamas has not lost to someone outside of the top three fighters. Plus, he has finished all but two of his wins. Not saying he can finish the durable Sanchez, but he should be able to outpace and beat him. Lamas by decision.

Jussier da Silva (18-3-0) vs. Henry Cejudo (9-0-0)
Cejudo is a tough fighter, but Silva has shown a great propensity it all faucets of fighting since his early losses in the Octagon. With wins over high level wrestlers and BJJ black belts, he is showing how dangerous his skill set is even if he cannot beat the best that 125 has to offer. Plus, you have to add in that Cejudo has never even really fought  atop ten fighter yet. Add into he fact that he now has to make 125, which he has had trouble with repeatedly, without the help of the IV and you have a brand new fight. Jussier by submission int he second.

Efrain Escudero (24-9-0) vs. Leandro Silva (18-3-1)
This is going to boil down to a grappling match between a good grappler and a great grappler. Escudero’s best chance is to keep the fight standing, but that may not happen as Silva will be pushing to get it to the ground. He is bigger and will have superior control. He may not be able to submit the former TUF captain and champion, but he will do enough to win. Silva by decision.

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