Finally, Jon Jones gets to pick on somebody his own size! I doubt that the outcome will be different, but it should be an awesome fight nonetheless. Here are my predictions for tonight's PPV.
Healy vs. Nurmagomedov: I don't believe that Healy is going to be able to submit a Sambo warrior like Nurmagomedov. At the same time, I think that his experience will be too much for "The Eagle." I expect an awesome grappling contest that ends with Healy earning a decision victory.
Winner: Pat Healy
Philippou vs. Carmont: Philippou proved that he is the most underrated middleweight in the UFC by finishing Tim Boetsch last December. I see him collecting a paycheck by knocking out Carmont in Round 1. After that, I hope he gets a top-five opponent to see whether he is a contender or a gatekeeper.
Winner: Costa Philippou
Schaub vs. Mitrione: I remember seeing Schaub pound "Big Ben" Rothwell against the cage until one slipup led to him getting his lights put out. I don't see him getting that sloppy against Mitrione. I believe "The Hybrid" will KO his opponent in Round 1 and continue to be an exciting lower-tier heavyweight.
Winner: Brendan Schaub
Barao vs. Wineland: With phenomenal striking and submissions, I don't see anyone beating Barao until Cruz comes back. Nothing against Wineland, but he is in way over his head in this match. I see Barao submitting him in Round 2 at the latest.
Winner: Renan Barao.
Jones vs. Gustafsson: As much as I would love to see "The Mauler" pull an upset, that is highly doubtful. He has a puncher's chance at best, and when Jones gets tired of getting tagged, the champ will probably take it to the mat. I see Jones outwrestling Gustafsson en route to a submission victory in Round 4.
Winner: Jon Jones