Shane Nelson (12-4) vs. Matt Wiman (10-5): Maybe not be the most exciting fight on the paper, but this fight could turn out to be very entertaining. Both guys have lost their last fight, Wiman actually his last two, so it very well might be that the guys are fighting for their place in the UFC. Hopefully this extra pressure erupts in a positive way.
BJ Penn’s training partner Nelson has fought his last two fight against Aaron Riley, a respected veteran of the sport. The reason why Nelson fought Riley twice was that their first bout ended in controversy. Nelson scored a knock down on Riley and the judge made the call to stop the fight, even though Riley looked like he was ready to defend himself on the ground. In their second bout bigger and stronger Riley pushed the pace of the fight and controlled Nelson to a definite unanimous decision.
Wiman, the Tulsa’s most handsome man, is at a critical point of his UFC career. After losing his UFC debut in a devasting fashion to Spencer Fisher, Wiman managed to score a solid four fight winning streak in the highly compatitive UFC LW division. The streak came to end when Wiman faced Jim Miller, who clearly outstruck Wiman. In his last fight Wiman lost a close decision to canadian striker Sam Stout in a bout that was a very entertaining back and forth war and was chosen as the fight of the night at the UFC 97. In his last two fights Wiman has shown that he won’t quit even if you’re able to hurt him badly.
Prediction: Like the Riley fight implied, Nelson is a bit too small and physically weak for the 155 weight class. I believe Wiman is the stronger and more versatile fighter in this bout and that he will controll the fight where ever it ends up. Both guys are game and love to scrap, so this could very well be a highly entertaining bout a’la Wiman vs Stout.
Wiman by UD.