Oct
23

UFC 104 Predictions

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ufc_104_posterLyoto Machida vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua

I’m excited about this bout mainly because I like watching Machida fight. He seems to be gaining more confidence with every fight and I believe that will give him an edge over his opponent, tough Brazilian fighter Mauricio Rua. Hopefully Lyoto pulls off a footsweep or some other rarely used technique during the fight to make things extra exciting. When all is said and done I see Machida having his hand raised high in victory.

Inferno’s pick – Lyoto Machida (2nd round TKO)

Cain Velasquez vs. Ben Rothwell

This is a tough fight to pick. Many people believe that Velasquez is one of the biggest threats to UFC champ Brock Lesnar but in order to get closer to that opportunity he has to beat veteran fighter and IFL standout Ben Rothwell on Saturday night. This will be no easy task as Rothwell has gone 14-1 in his last fifteen fights and has faced some tough opponent. Going with my gut feeling, I’m picking Rothwell to win this fight by decision.

Inferno’s pick – Ben Rothwell (Decision)

Josh Neer vs. Gleison Tibau

This fight has the potential to be a great battle, both standing and on the ground. Neer has the edge in experience but Tibau comes into the cage as a pretty big lightweight. I see Josh Neer winning this fight in the final round by TKO.

Inferno’s pick – Josh Neer (3rd round TKO)

Joe Stevenson vs. Spencer Fisher

Oh yeah! I pick this one for fight of the night. Two lightweights with ultra aggressive styles pitted against one another. What more could you ask for? Each of them possesses a wealth of experience and strong skill sets. Stevenson may have an edge on the mat while Fisher has the stronger striking technique but it’s a guarantee that this match will be exciting wherever it goes. Who will pull out the win? I say Fisher. How will he do it? It will be by decision.

Inferno’s Pick – Spencer Fisher (decision)

Anthony Johnson vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida

Although Yoshida has more wins than his opponent, I do not believe it will play much of a factor in this bout. Johnson is a tall, strong welterweight fighter that many believe will someday become a champion. I’m very certain that Yoshida will look to take this fight to the ground. I’m also certain that Johnson will know this and proceed to stop any such attempts made by his Japanese opponent. Once the takedown is stopped I don’t think the fight will last very much longer as I see Johnson pulling out the victory sometime during the 2nd round.

Inferno’s Pick – Anthony Johnson (2nd round TKO)
Who are you picking to win on Saturday night?

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  1. Jason says:

    Machida – TKO in the 1st
    I thought Rampage was the best bet to beating Machida, and since he’s retired, welcome to the Machida Era.
    Rothwell – KO in the 2nd
    Kongo had so many chances to put Cain away that he wasted on clinching rather than throwing. I don’t think Rothwell will make that mistake, and he’s got some strong punches.
    Tibau – Sub in the 3rd
    Not really sure how he will win, I kinda just stuck that in there so it wouldn’t be blank. Tibau is a huuuuuge guy for his weightclass, and I think his bjj is better than Neer’s.
    Johnson – KO in the 1st
    Johnson is a monster. Pretty much sums it up.

    I have no idea how to call the Stevenson vs. Fisher fight. Fisher is amazing but the new and improved Stevenson is as well. Definite fight of the night.

  2. JeffM says:

    I’d like Machida to win, if for nothing else than to have a LHW champion hold it past at least 1 defend, which neither Rashad nor Forrest could. Maybe it’s a curse of the TUF grads? Matt Serra didn’t make a successful defend, either. I need to balance my desire to see a Champ actually hold on to the belt with my desire to see undefeated streaks end.

    Machida by decision.

    I pick Rothwell, too. A longer carreer, over twice as many wins, and has fought opponents with a greater variety of styles. I also tend to not like fighters who haven’t lost. They seem a little more cocky and not quite as hungry for that victory, since they’ve become used to winning (even if it’s only subconsciously), whereas those who know what it’s like to lose tend to try harder to avoid it.

    Rothwell by KO either late 2nd or early 3rd.

    The rest I haven’t been paying too much attention to, so I’m not quite sure what to pick. Of course, the last few big fights, I’ve tended to pick the loser (actually, every time I made a pick, they lost), so…..

  3. JohnH says:

    Machida is my favorite fighter to watch but if the Shogun who spanked Rampage and Arona shows up, or even the one who went toe to toe with baby Nog, he is going to beat Machida. He is very underrated on the ground. If the Shogun who fought Forrest shows up he’ll be lucky to get out of the first.

  4. Jeff Joslin says:

    Haven’t watched the fights yet, but I was off a many of the picks. Ouch!. How were the fights?

  5. JeffM says:

    Overall, pretty decent. Some were quite lopsided, others were pretty even and hard to call.

  6. I was really disappointed in Machidas performance in this fight, I’m not going to take anything away from shogun, he put up a great fight and he should of got the decision. For me lyota just never seemed to get started which was a shame because I like his style, anyway a slightly dubious decision by the judges but machida remains champ

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