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 (http://www.theultimatefighttrain.com/) 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

I’m going to send out some messages on twitter on Saturday to keep everyone up to date on what’s happening out there. To follow me on twitter check out – http://twitter.com/JeffJoslin

Enjoy the fights!

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  1. Benny Suff says:

    I got…
    Silva by TKO in 1
    Chuck by KO in 3(fight of the night + Knockout of the night)
    Cain by decision
    Stann by TKO in 2
    Hardonk by decision
    Herman by decision
    Quarry by TKO
    Kang by decision
    Bocek by TKO in 3

  2. Brandon D says:

    I’m a Rua fan, not so much Chuck, but Chuck is going to KO Rua in the 2nd.
    Marshall 2nd rd sub (RNC)
    Quarry 1st TKO (brutal strikes, sorry Jason)… Read More
    Loiseau 3rd rnd TKO
    Chonan 1st rnd sub (armbar)
    Kongo U dec.
    Silva 1st rd tko (although i’m sick of the over-hype of this guy and want Thales to sub him)

  3. mikey5time says:

    Grant by overwhemling decision

  4. Lynn says:

    well how good was the Soszynski pic!! what a great kimora!

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