UFC on FUEL TV 5: September 29, 2012 Capital FM Arena in Nottingham, England UFC Lightweight Contender Paul Sass (-115) Profile: Paul Sass (13-0) started his career off in brilliant fashion with seven straight triangle submission wins. He followed those impressive finishes with a split-decision victory and five more quick submission wins, three of which were in the UFC. Sass is the real deal, and his submissions are truly incredible considering the level of competition in the UFC. The latest submission win came over outspoken Jacob Volkmann at UFC 146 with a triangle-armbar in the first two minutes. That victory broke Volkmann’s five-fight winning streak and made people pay more attention to the 24-year-old Englishman. UFC Lightweight Contender Matt Wiman (-115) Profile: Longtime UFC vet Matt Wiman (14-6) first debuted at UFC 60 in a loss to Spencer Fisher. Over the next six years, Wiman would amass an 8-4 record in the deep waters of the UFC lightweight division while taking out such names as Thiago Tavares, Japanese legend Michihiro Omigawa and Cole Miller. The 29-year-old Colorado native has a solid all-around MMA game that started inside the famed Lion’s Den with training sessions from Mikey Burnett in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Wiman has decent power in his hands, can grapple with most of the opposition and has good ring-savvy. Opening UFC on FUEL TV 5 Odds Analysis: MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas has made both Sass and Wiman -115 (bet $115 to win $100) or Pick’em according to the MMA odds. Some may view Sass as a one-trick pony due to his dominance with the triangle submission, but there is something to be said for being able to finish your opponent with such ease on numerous occasions. Just ask Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey, who has parlayed the armbar submission into a perfect record and title belt. Sass obviously has not reached that same level in the UFC as of yet, but another dominant victory here against Wiman will only grow his legend. Just one of 13 career fights for Sass has gone into the third round compared to 11 of 20 for Wiman, including six of the last seven. That would seem to give Wiman a bit of an edge, especially since he has won four of his past five. Wiman is coming off a Fight of the Night performance against Mac Danzig, and he could be in for another here vs. Sass.
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