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.

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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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  1. Jason says:

    Quinton Jackson vs. Keith Jardine
    I’ll be really surprised if this goes past the first round. Both are explosive strikers who like to end things early, and I don’t think Jardine is going to last against Jackson’s improved boxing.
    -Jackson via 1st Round KO

    Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Shane Carwin
    Carwin is no doubt a beast. The man is huge (bigger hands than Lesner?) and his knockout against…Walsh was it?…was a ridiculously powerful punch, knocking his mouthguard out. He’s been relatively untested though, and Gonzaga has everything (leg kicks, high kicks, power in both hands, BJJ), and the only thing potentially in doubt could be his cardio (against Jordan, although he came out of nowhere with the superman punch). I’m going to take a risk here and say that Carwin is going to win in a very exciting fight. I don’t see Carwin getting knocked out, and Gonzaga won’t be able to take it to the ground unless Carwin wants to go to the ground.
    -Carwin by KO in the 2nd Round

    Matt Hamill vs. Mark Munoz
    I saw some of Munoz’s highlights and he’s definitely got some interesting moves. I think he could be a very interesting fighter in the UFC.
    -Munoz via 3rd round TKO

    Gray Maynard vs. Jim Miller
    -Maynard via 2nd round TKO

    Matt Brown vs. Pete Sell
    I remember watching Brown on one of the TUF seasons, he was a scary dude but he couldn’t stand with the top guys. I’m calling Brown though in the hopes that he’s improved his game, plus I don’t know much about Sell.
    -Brown via decision.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Quinton Jackson 1st round KO.

    Gabriel Gonzaga 2nd Sub.

    Matt Hamill Dec.

    Gray Maynard Dec.

    Pete Sell TKO.

  3. Brad says:

    Jackson first round TKO

    Gonzaga Second round TKO

    Hammill Decision

    Maynard Decision

    and I’m gonna have to go with Brown. Pretty solid Stand-up, I think Sell does too but has a weak chin.
    Brown KO in 3. Hopefully a war tho. Pete never disappoints

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