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UFC 196 predictions: Fight Pass ‘Prelims’ undercard preview, Pt. 1

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More fights are coming to Fight Pass and FOX Sports 1 this weekend (Sat., March 5, 2016) when UFC 196: “McGregor vs. Diaz” kicks off from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. MMAmania.com’s Patrick Stumberg kicks off the UFC 196 “Prelims” party with the first installment of a two-part undercard preview series.

More trash than Oscar the Grouch’s spring cleaning.

Two of the most vociferous punchers in Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) do battle this Saturday evening (March 5, 2016) as Featherweight champion Conor McGregor steps up in weight to face late replacement Nate Diaz in the Welterweight pay-per-view (PPV) main event of UFC 196, which goes down live from inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In addition, women’s Bantamweight champion Holly Holm makes her first title defense against Miesha Tate, while Gian Villante takes on Ilir Latifi in a clash of Light Heavyweight punchers.

The seven “Prelims” undercard bouts include three on Fight Pass and the rest on FOX Sports 1. Let’s dig into those first three below.

155 lbs.: Diego Sanchez vs. Jim Miller

Once one of the Lightweight division’s toughest outs, Diego Sanchez (25-8) is just 2-4 in his last six appearances, both victories blatant robberies. His last fight saw him test the waters at 145 pounds, only to lose a decision to perennial contender Ricardo Lamas.

Sanchez stands two inches taller than Jim Miller (25-7) at 5’11.”

Last July, Miller snapped a career-first two-fight losing streak with a hard-fought unanimous decision over Team Alpha Male’s Danny Castillo. In Dec. 2015, he put on an entertaining scrap with Michael Chiesa before ultimately tapping to a rear-naked choke in the second round.

He has submitted 14 professional opponents.

Sanchez, at this point, is almost painfully bad. He no longer has any notion of set ups, range or fluidity in his striking, instead ….View full article

Source:: mma mania