Tomorrow night in the co-main event of UFC Vegas 37, we have a fun matchup in the light heavyweight division. The entertaining and unique Ion Cutelaba (15-6-1, 1 NC) is back as he’s taking on “Brown Bear” Devin Clark (12-5).
Both men are going to be looking to bounce back after their last performances. The last time we saw Clark was almost a year ago when he had his first UFC main event against Anthony Smith.
It was a tough test for Clark who had won two in a row, but hadn’t defeated anyone in the top ten. Smith would go on to submit Clark in the first round. That loss dropped Clark to 6-5 in the UFC.
Overall, Cutelaba is 4-5-1 in his ten fights inside the octagon. In his last fight, he started out dominating Dustin Jacoby, but completely gassed which caused him to lose the final two rounds and settle for a draw.
UFC Vegas 37 Prediction
Like with any Cutelaba fight, I’m expecting him to start out very strong tomorrow. I’m very curious to see how the wrestling exchanges will go between these two men. When fresh, I like Cutelaba’s strength and explosions in the first round.
However, I’m terrified by his gas tank and that’s why I’m having a hard time seeing him winning at UFC Vegas 37. If all fights were just one five minute round, Cutelaba might be one of the better light heavyweights in the promotion.
However, the moment a fight goes into the second round, I’m worried about his cardio. For Devin Clark, this fight is going to be about surviving and draining the gas tank of Cutelaba. If Clark can make Cutelaba work in the first round, I really like him over the course of three.
I’m expecting big shots and takedown attempts from Cutelaba for the first half of the fight. However, I think Clark will start to take over and win some valuable points on the scorecards ultimately leading to a close decision victory at UFC Vegas 37.
Prediction: Devin Clark by Unanimous Decision