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What are you Picks for UFC 102?

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Here we go! Another UFC pay per view event. There are some good matchups on the card but for me it’s a few of the names on the card that builds my anticipation; Randy Couture, Demian Maia, Chris Leben and Kyzysztof Soszynski to name a few.

I like Randy because of his “age don’t mean @#$%” competitiveness and fighting spirit. Demian Maia is refreshingly slick on the ground which makes me always look forward to his fights. Chris Leben’s head of stone tends to make for great drama and Kyzysztof is a friend of mine so I love seeing him kick some ass.

Here’s how I think the matches will play out on Saturday night

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Randy Couture
Both of these warriors need a win and I think this fight will probably go the distance before a victor is declared. Randy will score some big takedowns on Nogueira throughout the bout, the first soon after spending a short time pinning and grinding the Brazilian fighter against the cage. Nogueira will search out submissions and sweeps all of which I believe Randy will do a great job of avoiding. In the end I see Randy pulling off a victory by decision.

Inferno’s Pick – Randy Couture (Decision)

Keith Jardine vs. Thiago Silva

I hope this fight stays standing. Both Silva and Jardine have the potential to win by KO which makes me think they may want the same. I think Silva is quicker and slightly more balanced with his striking which should prove to give him a small advantage while on the feet. Will this battle go the distance? I don’t believe so as I am picking Thiago Silva to win by KO at some point during the 2nd round.

Inferno’s Pick – Thiago Silva (KO)

Jake Rosholt vs. Chris Leben
Coming off a loss, the only blemish on his record, in his first UFC fight makes me think that Rosholt will be more relaxed in the cage his second time around. That being said, his gritty granite chinned, hard hitting opponent Chris Leben is no easy prey. In fact I think Lebens vast experience and improved skill set will render him victorious on Saturday night. How will he do it? In my opinion, a knockout after nullifying a few solid takedown attempts by Rosholt.

Inferno’s Pick – Chris Leben (KO)

Nate Marquardt vs. Demian Maia
This will be the fight of the night in my opinion. Each of these two fighters possesses solid skill sets. The edge in terms of striking ability and wrestling goes to Nate and Maia will be the better of the two on the ground in my opinion. This makes for an ultra interesting match-up. Maia has been unbeaten up to this point but I think after tonight I think that stat will change. After a hard fought battle I see Nate Marquardt winning this one by decision.

Inferno’s Pick – Nate Marquardt (Decision)

Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Brandon Vera

This is a cool matchup. I’m going to pick Krzysztof without explanation. Just because I think he’s going to take it.

Inferno’s Pick – Krzysztof Soszynski (Decision)

Who are you picking?

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UFC 101 Predictions

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On August 8th, UFC 101 will be taking place in Philadelphia, PA. In my opinion the card is nothing extraordinary. I am however really looking forward to the main event match-up between B.J Penn and Kenny Florian. I’ll get a little more into that bout and several other within my fight breakdowns below.

Kurt Pellegrino vs. Josh Neer

Coming off a submission victory vs. Mac Danzig in his last outing, Josh Neer has set himself up to begin climbing the ranks of the lightweight division . His opponent, Kurt Pellegrino is already well on his way in doing just that as he attempts to collect his third consecutive win this Saturday.

I think this fight is going to be one of those all over the place, back and forth scraps that crowds love to watch. Mix in a little blood and this fight may be a candidate for “Fight of the Night”. In the end I think Pellegrino will employ a ground based attack to secure a victory by decision.

Inferno’s Pick – Kurt Pellegrino (Decision)

Ricardo Almeida  vs. Kendall Grove
Both Almeida and Grove have similar pro records but they are drastically different in body type and fighting style.

Without a doubt Ricardo Almeida, who is many inches shorter than his ultra-tall opponent, is going to look to secure a submission hold early into this fight. He’s tapped a few opponents out with the “Arm-in” guillotine variation and that’s something Grove will have to constantly look out for.

Grove, who possesses a more diverse arsenal than Almeida will be a threat in every round due to his lengthy strikes and aggressive style.  Add in the fact that he’s probably drilled his submission defences more than ever before and I think this match-up may go the full three rounds.

I have a gut feeling that Grove will land some strong strikes early into the match that will cause problems for the talented Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt Almeida.  I think Groves will win this one by TKO sometime within the 3rd round.

Inferno’s Pick – Kendall Grove (TKO)

Amir Sadollah  vs. Johnny Hendricks

Every card, there is a fight where I really don’t know too much about either fighter. This is one of them. I haven’t watched the “Ultimate Fighter” Show since season 3, so I haven’t had the chance to watch Amir Sadollah fight. I haven’t seen his opponent Johnny Hendricks fight either.  I’m glad I’ll get the chance to see them both in action this coming weekend.

Hendricks has done very well is the WEC, scoring back to back wins, and now looks to duplicate that success in the world’s best MMA organization, the UFC.  I’m going to pick him to win this one by decision based on his strong wrestling background. Even though it’s his first fight in the UFC, he’s already had the chance to fight in a big cage in front of some large crowds in the WEC. That type of experience will certainly pay off during this fight.

Inferno’s Pick – Johnny Hendricks (Decision)

Anderson Silva vs. Forrest Griffin

This fight could turn out to be a great one but for some reason I’m not very excited about it.

Forrest always fights hard to please the crowd and brings a truckload of heart and grit to the cage every time he steps into it. Anderson Silva, who in many people’s eyes is one of the greatest — pound for pound — fighters in the world, has had many moments of brilliance in the cage. He has also shown some passivity during some of his recent bouts, employing a cautious fighting style, vastly different from his usual calculated ferociousness.

I anticipate this fight will be a stand-up battle with both fighters carefully picking their moments to attack. This definitely won’t be the toe to toe scrap that many fans are salivating over the thought of. In the end I believe Anderson Silva will do what he does best which is finding a way to win fights. How will it end? I’m thinking stoppage due to cut.

Inferno’s Pick – Anderson Silva (TKO)

B.J. Penn vs. Kenny Florian

Oh yeah! I am pumped for this one. Kenny Florian is easily one of my favourite fighters in the sport of MMA.  Yes, he’s a nice guy with great skills but what I like more is the fact that he is always working to improve in all combat disciplines. With a super technical ground game and an ever improving striking game, he’s a great example of the benefits of hard work and dedication.

His opponent, UFC Lightweight Champion BJ Penn is a unique adversary. His freakish flexibility, superb balance and excellent timing are extremely difficult to replicate in training. You pretty much have to solve that puzzle within the twenty five minutes – if it lasts that long – of fight time.

Another thing to keep in mind is that this is a lightweight fight. At lightweight is where I believe BJ will be the most difficult to beat. Matched up against fighters that possess similar builds, he will not have to put on extra weight during training. We get to see a lean, quick, strongly conditioned BJ Penn come fight time.

Who will win? Difficult to say but I’m going with Kenny Florian. He’s worked hard, been through some tough battles and has fought for five full rounds in the past. It’s his time.

Inferno’s Pick – Kenny Florian (Decision)

Who are you picking?

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UFC 100 Predictions

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This Saturday night, UFC 100 takes place in Vegas and the line-up looks to have a lot of potential. Here’s my take on the Ultimate Fighting Championships one hundredth event.

Frank Mir vs. Brock Lesnar

This is a very important match for Brock Lesnar. If he loses again to Mir it will knock him back several notches within the heavy weight division and weaken any momentum that his win over Randy Couture had earned him. If he wins he avenges his only loss and will without a doubt gain more respect from any fans – and I think there are still quite a few – who question his credibility.

In his last fight, Mir showed great confidence and some excellent striking. I feel he needs to do the exact same thing in this fight. Landing some solid strikes early on should give him a boost in confidence and keep Lesnar on the defensive. This will be important because Lesnar in offensive mode reminds me of a “When a bear attacks!” video. Scary!

Lesnar on the other hand is going to be a constant threat with his insanely powerful punches, great takedown ability and monstrous size. He also seems to be able to take a good shot and has remained pretty calm when things aren’t totally going his way.

This has the potential of being an awesome fight. In the end I predict a win for Brock Lesnar. By what? Hmm, tough to say but I think it will be by TKO due to a vicious ground and pound attack.

Inferno’s Pick – Brock Lesnar (TKO)

Georges St. Pierre vs. Thiago Alves

What a great fight! Two fighters, both with exciting styles, at the top of their games pitted against one another with the belt on the line. What else can you ask for?

I think GSP is going to attempt to use a lot of movement to avoid the powerful leg kicking abilities of his opponent. I’m guessing he’ll strike a bit with Alves to disguise a game plan that involves him taking the fight to the ground. If he is successful in doing so, I think it will be a much shorter fight than expected with Georges winning via TKO or submission.

The important question that needs to be answered is “Can Thiago stop GSP’s takedowns?” We won’t know the answer until late Saturday night and in my opinion it is tough to pick a sure winner until we do. The fans are going to win in this one because I know that both of these fighters are taking this fight seriously.

I believe Georges St.Pierre to win this fight by a ground and pound TKO due to another application of a solid game plan. He’s great at doing such during most of his fights.

Inferno’s Pick – Georges St. Pierre (TKO)

Jon Fitch vs. Paulo Thiago

With Paulo Thiago coming off a win –one that was totally unexpected until the finishing punch landed– vs. Josh Koscheck in his UFC debut, a win over Jon Fitch would definitely prove his skills are for real.

I don’t believe it will happen. Fitch has a good chin, a lot of experience and doesn’t mess around in the cage. He gets down to business and does what he needs to win. I think Fitch will win this midway through the fight. Not sure exactly how he will do it but I’ll guess and say via a submission hold.

Inferno’s Pick – Jon Fitch (Submission)

Dan Henderson vs. Michael Bisping

This is another fight that I’m very excited about. Michael Bisping has a near flawless record and has some great wins in the UFC. On Saturday night he faces an ultra tough opponent in Dan Henderson. I think this fight will go to a decision. The victor in my mind will be Dan Henderson, but it will be very close in my opinion.

Inferno’s Pick – Dan Henderson (Decision)

Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Alan Belcher

I have never had the opportunity to watch Akiyama fight but his record looks very impressive. He seems like a strong judo player who also packs a powerful punch. Alan Belcher and I fought on the same fight card at UFC Fight Night 7 and he has gone on to win some big fights after that. I’m going to pick Belcher to win against Akiyama because of his experience in the UFC and inside the octagon in particular.

Inferno’s Pick – Belcher (Decision)

What are you picks?

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UFC 99 – My Predictions

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It`s getting close to fight time and I`ve finally got a little free time to sit down and make a few predictions for tonights UFC 99 card.

Here they are:

Wanderlei Silva (32-9-1) vs. Rich Franklin (24-4)
This is a fight that I believe will be a very close one. My guess is that Silve is going to come out swinging for a big KO. Will Franklin choose to strike back or attempt a takedown. Hmmm. I think Franklin will smart an intelligent fight and win this one by decision.

Inferno`s Pick – Franklin (decision)

Cain Velasquez (5-0) vs. Cheick Kongo (14-4-1)
This fight is one between two of the scariest looking dudes in MMA. Kongo has the height and experience advantage although his opponent Cain is undefeated and has been winning fights in impressive style. I have a feeeling this will end up being a stand-up battle, one that Velasquez will win with an exciting KO.

Inferno`s Pick – Velasquez (KO)

Spencer Fisher (22-4) vs. Caol Uno (25-11-4)
In his last few fights Spencer Fisher has won me over as a fan. He always brings action and excitement to his fights and possesses a well rounded skillset which are the two qualities I love seeing in a fighter. He`s up against Japanese fighter Caol Uno, who has been in the fight game for many years. I think Fisher will be too much for Uno in terms of both size and aggression so I`m picking him to win by TKO.

Inferno`s Pick – Fisher (TKO)

Mike Swick (13-3) vs. Ben Saunders (8-1-2)
I really don`t know very much about Ben Saunders so this is definately my most difficult pick of the night. Going in blind, I`ll take Swick by his infamous swickotine.

Inferno`s Pick – Swick (Submission)

Marcus Davis (16-5) vs. Dan Hardy (21-6)
Dan Hardy is set to face one of my favourite fighters in Marcus Davis. Marcus is a cool guy plus the dude is tough and he can punch! which is refreshing to watch because even at the highest levels good boxing is still rare. In the fight, however, I think Marcus is going to win it on the ground most likely in the form of a decision.

Inferno`s Pick – Davis (decision)

Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic (24-6-2) vs. Mustapha Al-Turk (6-4)
After signing a “one fight deal“ Mirko Cro Cop is back in the UFC. The big question is can he land his patented high kick tonight. I don`t think so. I know from my experience that the size of the octagon makes it next to impossible to cut off your opponent`s movement and it`s that fact alone that provides Cro cop`s opponents with the opportunity to keep themselves off of all knockout highlight reels by using good mobility and not moving to their left side often. In my opinion Mirko is going to have to grind this one out for a decision victory which I think he may do.

Inferno`s Pick – Filipovic (decision)

Well, those are my picks for tonight. I think I`m going to watch the fights at Boston Pizza just down the street from my house. Should be fun. Have a great night everyone!

What are your picksÉ (Excuse the É symbol, my question mark key won`t work. Anyone know how to fix that on a toshiba laptopÉ)

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UFC 97 Predictions

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I’m starting to get excited about UFC 97. I’ll be headed out to the event on the ultimate fight train ( on Saturday morning as it leaves from Toronto. Here’s my take on the events main card.

Anderson Silva vs. Thales Leites
The main event fight featuring these two highly skilled Brazilian middleweights will not last long in my opinion. I think Anderson will dominate this fight with effective striking and will prove to be too calm and elusive for Leites. Leites has a shot of winning this fight if he can take the top position at some point during the battle but I’m sure Silva’s ground game will be sharper than ever to handle that problem. Not that he will pull off a submission on the BJJ expert but Anderson should be able to avoid making any costly mistakes on the ground if the fight ends up going there.

My pick – Silva by 2nd round TKO

Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Chuck Liddell
In a fight that has been rumoured to being “a last chance to stay in the UFC” both of these guys should come ready to let it all go in the cage. In a recent interview Chuck mentioned that he believes he still has what it takes to be champion which is great to hear. Even though he has lost 3 of his last 4 fights I believe Chuck will be victorious on Saturday night much to the delight of the thousands of of fans at the Bell Centre.

My pick – Liddell by decision

Brian Stann (6-1) vs. Krzysztof Soszynski (16-8-1)
I’m really looking forward to this fight. Krzysztof is a friend of mine and is a really good guy. He’s worked on for many years and now if finally reaping the benefits of it all. I look forward to screaming my lungs out as he battles in front of the Canadian fans. The guys an animal!

My pick – Sosynski by 2nd round submission

Luiz Cane (9-1) vs. Steve Cantwell (7-1)
In a fight between two fighters with similar records I’m picking Luiz Cane to win by KO sometime during the 2nd round.

My pick – Cane by 2nd round KO

Cheick Kongo (13-4-1) vs. Antoni Hardonk (8-4)
Both of guys are coming off a few wins a piece, all of them by TKO, so I think the streak will continue for one of them after the fight is stopped sometime within the 3rd round. Who will win? I’m going to go with Kongo based on a gut feeling.

My pick – Kongo by 3rd round TKO

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Enjoy the fights!

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UFC Fight Night 18 Predictions

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Carlos Condit vs. Martin Kampmann – Condit by TKO
Tyson Griffin vs. Rafael dos Anjos – Griffin by Decision
Ryan Bader vs. Carmelo Marrero – Bader by Decision
Cole Miller vs. Junie Browning – Cole Miller by Submission

Who are you picking?

Check out the picks of some other sites

Bulldozer Bleacher
MMA Betting
Five Ounces of Pain

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UFC 96 Predictions

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UFC 96 is taking place this weekend. There were some tough choices to make on a card that I’m not overly excited for. Hopefully it will be one of those cards that turns out much better than it appears on paper.

Be sure to check out these other sites for their picks as the blog prediction battle continues.

MMA Betting
Extreme John
Bulldozer Bleacher
MMA Bulletin

Quinton Jackson vs. Keith Jardine
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson’s record is nearly flawless in the last 3 years with only one loss which came by decision to Forrest Griffin. His opponent for this weekend’s fight card is tough fighter Keith Jardine who himself has shown strong grit and skill in the cage by earning some impressive wins of Griffin, Vera and former UFC champ Chuck Liddell. The outcome of this fight is tough to predict. Jackson, without a doubt possesses the more solid skill set but Jardine’s unorthodox style seems to work well for him. I’ll go with Jackson to win this fight by Tko.

Inferno’s pick – Quinton Jackson (2nd round TKO)

Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Shane Carwin
10-0! Shane Carwin is the man many people are talking about as a future champion in the division. On the other hand his opponent, Gabriel Gonzaga, is no slouch. If you don’t remember him, Gonzaga is the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu champion who shocked fans everywhere when he knocked the hell out of Mirko Crocop with a well timed high kick back in 2007. He has faced some strong competition in the past and has only lost three times. I’m excited about this one and I’m going to make it even more exciting to myself come fight time by picking Gonzaga to win.
Inferno’s pick – Gabrele Gonzaga (2nd round submission)

Matt Hamill vs. Mark Munoz
Munoz is stepping into the Octagon for the very first time against a much more experienced fighter in Matt Hamill. I’m not talking about the number of fights each of them has since there is not much discrepancy in that area between the two. More the fact that Hammil was a product of the “Ultimate Fighter” reality show and that every one of his professional fights has been in the UFC. I think it will be that experience which will give Hamill the edge in this contest.

Inferno’s pick – Matt Hamill (2nd round tko)

Gray Maynard vs. Jim Miller
Both Maynard and Miller have excellent records and each of them is very strong on the ground. I give an edge in the size and power department Maynard and I think that will play a big role in determining who will win this matchup. I have chosen Miller to win his fights in my past predictions and he has come through every time but I think Gray Maynard will disrupt that streak and pull out the “W” in this exciting match-up.

Inferno’s Pick – Gray Maynard (3rd round TKO)

Matt Brown vs. Pete Sell
These are two fighters I really haven’t really had the chance to watch much of so my pick will be more of a “gut feeling” type choice. Looking at their records each fighter has a few losses so both of them can be beaten. Brown trains with team Gurgel and Sell with the Serra Camp so I think it will come down to the fighter that can control this fight on the ground. I’m going to pick Pete Sell to win this fight in an fairly uneventful 3 round decision.

Inferno’s pick – Pete Sell (Decision)

What are your picks?

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UFC 95 Predictions!

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You can’t complain about bad fights if they are free on television, but I don’t think anyone will need to complain when UFC 95 is all said and done. Some big names on the card make this card a good one to check out this Saturday on Spike Tv.

Before I get into my predictions for Saturday’s event I want you guys to check out a few other sets of predictions that have been made on some blogs that I visited. I made certain to make my picks before reading theirs so that I would not mess up my almost non-existent psychic abilities. Hopefully these blogs have predictions for most of the upcoming fight cards because I am going to start a friendly competition between us all. I will tally my results along with each of theirs and post the results here on my blog.

Here’s my competition and their picks…
Jeff ‘Wombat’ Meszaros
Quick Strike Beat Down
Extreme John
MMA Betting

Here’s my take on the action for UFC 95.

Diego Sanchez (19-2) vs. Joe Stevenson (29-9)
This fight is a pretty solid main event for a free UFC card. Two strong ground fighters with plenty of experience in the cage pitted against one another should make for an exciting battle. Both arrived in the UFC via the hugely popular “Ultimate Fighter” reality show so both are well known fight fans worldwide. The question is will Diego’s first battle at 155lbs introduce him to the lightweight division as an large, aggressive wrecking machine or will he come out drained, depleted and a fraction of his normal self due to the big weight cut.

Diego and I shared a dressing room at UFC fight night at Miramar Air Base. I remember thinking that with his build and frame he could definitely make it to 155lbs if he chose to. I don’t think the weight cut will affect him much at all. In fact I think he’ll come out stronger, quicker and more conditioned than ever before. I’m going with Diego to win this one.

Inferno’s Pick – Diego Sanchez (2nd round TKO)

Josh Koscheck (12-3) vs. Paulo Thiago (10-0)

Koscheck is coming off a KO victory in his last fight so I’m guessing he’ll try to follow that up with another win in the same fashion. Thiago is undefeated but is taking a big step up in competition in this fight. As Paulo Thiago will be soon doing, I too fought Koscheck in my UFC debut and the only thing that took some getting used to, was the size of the UFC cage. It was huge! That made it tough to force Josh to exchange with me.

If Thiago is looking to take this fight to the ground he will have a hard time finding an opportunity to try as I feel Kosheck will come out with some good movement. If he does get a chance will he be able to take down such a strong wrestler. I don’t believe so. This fight will, similar to Josh’s fight with Yoshida, come down to who is the more effective striker. The only problem for Paulo is that if he has the better striking, Koscheck will switch up to use his wrestling and ground and pound tactics. Either way I’m picking Koscheck to win this one.

Inferno’s Pick – Josh Koscheck (1st round TKO)

Nathan Marquardt (27-8-2) vs. Wilson Gouveia (12-5)

This is a tough fight to call. Both fighters train at good camps and each has some solid wins. I’m not sure exactly how this fight will play out as both Nate and Wilson possess well rounded skill sets. This may be one of the only fights that go to a decision in my opinion. If it does I think Marguardt will win it.

Inferno’s Pick – Nathan Marquardt (Decision)

Chael Sonnen (21-9-1) vs. Demian Maia (9-0)
I’ve been really enjoying watching Damian Maia fight since he arrived in the UFC. His style is unorthodox in that he is a ground fighting machine but he very rarely wrestles with his opponent to get them where he wants them. Instead he pulls guard, –which is extremely very rare in mma today—most commonly the half guard version and then proceeds to sweep his opponent using a technical sequence of sweeps and setups.

That type of fighter is hard to prepare for because it’s hard to find training partners that have the ability to mimic that sort of ground game. If Sonnen can avoid getting tied up in positions that are unfamiliar to him and effectively employ a strong striking game with great movement and footwork he can has a great chance of having his hand raised at the end of the fight. On the other hand if Damian Maia can get the top position via sweep or takedown, it game over!

Inferno’s Pick – Damien Maia (2nd round submission)

Dan Hardy (20-6) vs. Rory Markham (16-4)
I’m calling this match-up to be the fight of the night. These two should put on a good show on the feet with each looking to land some power shots early in the fight. Hardy and Markham both have very good records and each has been very successful over the last two years. This could go either way but I’m going the way of Rory Markham.

Inferno’s Pick – Rory Markham (3rd round TKO)

Who are you picking?

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UFC Fight Night 17 Picks!

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Looking at the upcoming UFC fight night card, I’m having a tough time making my picks. I think it’s because there are a few fighters that are fairly new to the UFC and many of the matches on the main card are solid matchups. Here’s my take on the action.

Mac Danzig vs. Josh Neer

Before his loss against Clay Guida at UFC Fight night 15, Mac Danzig was on a five fight win streak. I think that decision loss may have put some extra fire into his training for this fight and we may see Mac come out stronger than ever. Neer on the other hand has a lot of experience in the cage and has shown some good striking ability and toughness in the past. I think Mac will be too well rounded for Neer and will get the “W” that each of these fighters is looking to etch into their win column.

My pick – Mac Danzig (2nd round submission)

Anthony Johnson vs. Luigi Fioravanti

This fight is a tough one to pick for me even though fans most overwhelmingly are picking Johnson to win. In my opinion this fight could end up being the fight of the night. Hmmm, who to pick? As I sit here writing this I’m still having trouble choosing. Alright I’m going to go against the grain and choose Luigi Fioravanti to win this one.

My pick – Fioravanti (decision)

Cain Velasquez vs. Denis Stojnic

Looking at Velasquez’ record I noticed all of his wins have come by TKO or KO which is always an impressive factor especially when you take into consideration that it’s much tougher to knockout your opponent in MMA where takedown and groundwork often allow s hurt fighters to recover from solid hits. Stojnic record is also very impressive and from what I’ve seen in videos of him he possesses strong striking skills and is no slouch on the ground. This fight could get interesting. I think it will be over quickly with one of them scoring a knockout sometime during the second round. I think that person is going to be Valasquez.

My pick – Velasquez (Ko 2nd round)

Joe Lauzon vs. Jeremy Stephens

These two fighters have similar experience and their records are pretty much mirror images of one another. I think if Lauzon were to win this it would be with a submission and for Stephens it would be by decision. This is another tough pick in my opinion. I’m going to go against popular thinking and choose Jeremy Stephens to win this one.

My pick – Stephens (decision)

What are your picks?

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UFC 94 – GSP vs. Penn

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Ufc 94 is around the corner and I’m getting excited for it. I think it’s because of the great job the UFC has done building up the main event in the media. They’ve made B.J Penn look like a trash talking fighter who isn’t taking this fight seriously. I’m one hundred percent certain that the portrayal of Penn isn’t totally accurate and more likely the creation of a producer working behind the scenes of it all. I’m ordering it at my house and have invited a bunch of people to come over. Here’s my take on tomorrow night’s event.

Stephan Bonnar vs. Jon Jones

Looking at this fight my initial thought was to pick Bonnar to win but for some reason my instincts are telling me to choose Jon Jones as the man to win it. Bonnar has the experience advantage and his losses were to some of the best guys in the division. My head says Bonnar but I’m going to pick Jones for some unknown reason as if my limited psychic ability is kicking in and providing me with some secret information.

My pick – Jon Jones (TKO round 2)

Nathan Diaz vs. Clay Guida

This is one of the fights I’m real excited about. I love watching Clay Guida fight, how can you not? He brings hair swinging, hammer fist flying action to every one of his bouts. He’s up against a tall, lanky skilled grappler in Nate Diaz but I believe he’s going to be able to avoid Nate’s submissions and grind out a decision victory with effective wrestling and ground and pound.

My Pick – Clay Guida (Decision)

Karo Parisyan vs. Dong Hyun Kim

Kim comes into this fight with a flawless record and Parisyan enters the cage as the more experienced fighter of the two. Way more experienced! I think that fact is going to play a factor in the outcome of this fight. Karo is not the best striker , the biggest or the fastest guy in the division but I think it will be his craftiness and cage control that will enable him to leave this fight with another win on his record.

My pick – Karo Parisyan (Decision)

Lyoto Machida vs. Thiago Silva

Both of these guys are strong strikers and each of is undefeated. That fact along makes this matchup a very interesting one. Machida is a crafty fighter who seems really good at sticking to a strategy throughout his fights. Silva will have to be aggressive, taking the fight to his opponent in order to nullify Machida’s elusive style. I’m thinking Silva will land something powerful late into the fight and will pull out a TKO victory.

My pick – Thiago Silva – TKO (round 3)

Georges St. Pierre vs. B.J. Penn

This fight is exciting because it has the potential to be an historic five round war or end quickly if either fighter makes a mistake early. In my opinion GSP has the more solidified skill set with strong wrestling and good jiu-jitsu and striking skill. However BJ possesses the innate ability to do unorthodox and extremely effective things when he steps into the cage not to mention some ultra-clean BJJ technique. Either of these guys can win this fight! Here’s how I think they can do it.


1. Take B.J into the later rounds

2. Be able to adapt his game on the spot.

3. Avoid the bottom position

B.J Penn

1. Get the upper hand in the striking department early on in the fight.

2. Use a lot of movement to avoid takedowns

3. If he does get taken down, he needs to work back to his feet quickly.

I believe GSP will come out more aggressive than ever in this fight which should make for some great entertainment. It’s gonna be a good one!

My pick – George St. Pierre TKO (Round 2)

What are your picks?

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