Preview of MFN 68: Salvation Is Waiting
Gosling vs. The Quick - Both fighters are still relatively new in their careers, and for Gosling this will be his first fight at MFN. Both guys are coming off of losses during their last bout. The Quick is 2 years older though and seems to have spent more time working on his boxing and wrestling abilities, whereas Gosling has concentrated his training in the art of BJJ.
I suspect this one will go the distance and Gosling will win by decision.
Hung vs. Ziuderwijk - Our first ever 170 weight class match! Both fighters are new to MFN and, at 19 years old, are relatively new into their careers. Skills-wise Hung has a slight boxing advantage and Ziuderwijk has a muai tai advantage. Both have displayed flashes of KO power in their previous bouts.
I suspect this one will also got the distance and Hung will win by decision.
River vs. Man - Do squirrels eat toast? Toast Man is 6 years older than River (also known as "The Squirrel") but River's skills are slightly higher as he has a slight boxing and wrestling advantage. River's been alternating wins and losses (he lost his last bout so if that pattern continues this one would be a win), whereas Man's lost his last 2 bouts and this is his first fight at MFN.
In the end, I predict that River will win by TKO in the early third round.
Resnov vs. Lawler - Another 170 match! MFN is so very excited to be bringing a new weight class into the fold! Both of these guys are really new into their careers, are both 25 years old, and are undefeated through a series of quick fights. For both guys, this is their first fight at MFN. Skill-wise, Resnov has a slight wrestling advantage but the other skills are all very similar between both guys. This match will come down to who wants it more.
I predict that Resnov will win by decision
Fox vs. Ohchooto - This matchup was signed only a week or so ago as Fox's previous opponent was undecided if he was ready to fight or not. Ohchooto stepped up and is ready to take Fox on. Fox is 3 years older, but Ohchooto looks ready to avenge the loss in his last fight. Fox is on a two fight losing streak and will be looking for a submission win here. Ohchooto has never been subbed though and will be looking to exploit his muai tai advantage.
I predict that Ohchooto will win by a second round KO.
Kuivanen vs. Ketchum - Both fighters fought their first matches at MFN about a month ago, with Kuivanen taking a loss and Ketchum earning a win. Ketchum is 3 years older and has an edge in terms of fighting experience, but Kuivanen is a submission master with a distinct edge over Ketchum in muai tai abilty. Ketchum has been submitted in his career 3 times, so I expect Kuivanen to really try to submit him for the fourth time. For Ketchum to win, he probably should try and keep this bout in the standup and avoid a submission.
I predict that Kuivanen will win by a first round submission in what will probably be the shortest fight of the night.
Shaughnessy vs. Tosen - Tosen comes into this one on a 3 fight winning streak and this is his first match at MFN, whereas Shaughnessy has been alternating wins and losses as of late and has been with MFN since September. Both fighters are the same age, but Shaughnessy has a few more fights under his belt than Tosen has. Examining the matchup, Tosen has a definite boxing advantage but Shaughnessy has a black belt. Either way this one goes, it should be a close match.
I predict that Tosen will win by a first round surprise KO
Linhares vs. Turris - Linhares, the former champ, looks hungry to get his title back. Turris is older and has fought more matches, but Linhares' wrestling ability is downright scary. For Turris to win this match he needs to stay off the ground in what could amount to a great matchup of two fighters standing toe to toe and pounding eachother. If Linhares can get Turris on the ground, don't expect a submission win, but lots of ground and pound to ensue.
I predict that Turris does get taken down but wins in a surprise submission from the bottom in the second round.
Brown vs. Wuncler Iii - Brown, one of the most underrated fighters at MFN, gets yet another chance to show his dominance in a competitive 135 weight class. Standing in his way is the also underrated Wuncler Iii. With 2 underrated fighters being showcased in this matchup, it should propel one of them to notoriety. Brown has been quietly winning by submission in 4 of his last 5 fights, while Wuncler Iii is still undefeated (4-0) at MFN. Wuncler Iii needs to stay off the ground in order to win and has a boxing advantage to do it with...although he is facing a master submission artist.
I predict that Brown does get a second round win by submission, but Wuncler Iii will inflict a lot of damage in that first round.
Wabbit vs. Garcia - Ever since his 11 fight win streak at MFN ended, Wabbit has been losing. The future MFN Hall of Famer has indicated that if he continues to lose he will take some time and contemplate his future. Garcia, on the other hand, looks hungry and determined to make a name for himself by beating the former champion in his first fight with MFN. In any event, this match is a win/win for the fans. Garcia has a slight boxing and BJJ advantage, but Wabbit has beaten the odds many times in the past.
I predict that Wabbit wins by decision and decides to continue his illustrious career at MFN.