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UFC 196 predictions: FOX Sports 1 ‘Prelims’ undercard preview, Pt. 2

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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 second (and final) installment of a two-part undercard preview series.

Talk sh*t, get hit!

Two men with a knack for breaking opponents physically and mentally do battle this Saturday evening (March 5, 2016) when Nate Diaz steps in to face Featherweight champion Conor McGregor in the Welterweight pay-per-view (PPV) main event of UFC 196, headlining a card full of finishers.

Women’s Bantamweight champion Holly Holm defends her belt against Miesha Tate in the co-main, while two of the division’s fastest risers — Amanda Nunes and Valentina Shevchenko — duke it out elsewhere on the PPV main card.

We’ve still four “Prelims” undercard matches to to break down (check out the first batch here), so let’s leave the chatting to the professionals and get on with the FOX Sports 1-televised portion.

170 lbs.: Brandon Thatch vs. Siyar Bahadurzada

The towering Brandon Thatch (11-3) exploded onto the scene with brutal first-round knockouts of Justin Edwards and Paulo Thiago, extending his first-round stoppage streak to 10. His rise has recently slowed, however, thanks to submission losses to Benson Henderson and Gunnar Nelson.

He has stopped eight opponents by knockout and another three via submission.

Siyar Bahadurzada’s (21-6-1) one-hitter quitter of Paulo Thiago in his UFC debut — his sixth knockout in his previous seven fights — left fight fans buzzing. Consecutive losses to Dong Hyun Kim and John Howard, compounded with injuries that have kept him out of action for two years, make Saturday’s effort a must-win for the former Shooto champion.

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Source:: mma mania