Matt Hughes vs. Thaigo “The Pitbull” Alves
This may at first look like a less than spectacular main event, however, I think this could be a good fight. The story behind this fight is that Matt Hughes is the most dominant welterweight ever, but many say he is on his way down. Meanwhile, Thiago Alves is on his way up. Alves is coming off of a knockout win over Karo “The Heat” Parisyan. Most people consider Alves a top ten welterweight in the world, however he was out classed and out of his league against Jon Fitch. There is no doubt that Thiago has excellent striking ability. However, I expect Matt Hughes to take Alves down and ground and pound him. I don’t expect Alves to be able to get up agaisnt the bigger Hughes. The worry for me about picking Hughes is first of all he has been busy lately with book signing and opening a new gym. That could distract him. Secondly, he is 34 and Alves is 24. Third, he wants Matt serra and could be looking straight past Alves to Serra. A win here would make Matt Hughes clearly back in line for contention of the belt and if he beats Alves and Serra, he will get another title shot even if it is against Georges St. Pierre. I believe Hughes’ experience will be a help and not a hindrance in this fight. Therefore, I pick Matt Hughes by unanimous decision following three round of slamming Alves and laying on him and elbowing him.
Brandon “The Truth” Vera vs. Fabricio Werdum
This is a hard pick to make. Brandon Vera was a rapidly rising star before all the disputes with his manager. He was great in the octagon as well, however, he sropepd his last fight against Tim Sylvia. Fabricio Werdum has tons of talent too. He has beaten some good opponents. He has beaten Gonzaga twice, Aleksander Emleianenko and Alistair Overeem. Vera is a great Muay Thai fighter while Werdum is a great jiu jitsu guy. This fight could go either way. Werdum showed some great striking against Gonzaga. The bottom line is that the winner of this fight will most likely get the winner of the Mir vs. Nogueira fight late in the year. For the sake of making a pick, I will pick Brandon Vera to win by TKO in round 2.
Michael “The Count” Bisping vs. Jason “Dooms” Day
Bisping looked great at 185 in his last fight. He could content at 185. This fight will tell a lot about him as a middleweight. He destroyed Charles McCarthy. I believe Jason Day is a step up from McCarthy in talent. Jason Day is a little bit of a late replacement of the incarcerated Chris Leben. jason Day destroyed a serious contender in Alan Belcher and prior to that beat David Loiseau. That shows what Day is capable of doing in the octagon. I think this will be an exciting fight, and honestly Jason Day could take this fight, but I am going to pick Michael Bisping. He will have the home crowd, he will be ready to go. A win here means Bisping may next get a guy like Leben, Cote or Almeida next. I pick Michael Bisping by TKO in round 2.
Mike “Quick” Swick vs. Marcus Davis
When Mike Swick dropped to welterweight I thought he could be a serious contender. I still think he can be, in fact I have him as my 10th ranked UFC welterweight. However, he didn’t look good at all against Jos Burkman, in fact he very well lost that fight. Marcus Davis on the other hand has looked dominant. Mike swick will be a real test for the “Irish Hand Grenade” who is coming off of 11 straight wins. Whoever wins this fight will be in the title mix. All I have to judge by is Swick’s one performance at welterweight, so I will pick Marcus Davis to win this one in exciting fashion in round 1.
Nate Marquardt vs. Thales Leites
What a ground game this fight could display. Thales Leites is really good, but Nate Marquardt is underrated. He realyl did well against Anderson Silva initially. Marquardt is a contender in this divison. I think that Marquardt will win this fight by submission in round 3.
Martin Kampmann vs. Jorge Rivera
Martin Kampmann showed a lot of promise before his injury. Rivera has been an on and off again fighter who you never know how he will perform. We will see how Martin does in his return. Will he have ring rust or will he be hungry for a win? I think that training with Xtreme Couture is a huge advantage to him and that Kampmann will prove to be too much for Rivera. I believe Kampmann will win by first round submission. (Watch for this fight to creep onto the pay per view showing).
Jason Lambert vs. Luis Arthur Cane
Lambert is coming off that disappointing KO from Wilson Gouveia. Can is coming off of that DQ in UFC 79. Both guys are quality fighters, but there isn’t much room for failure in the light heavyweight divison. The loser could essentially be removed from any possibility of contention. The winner will take a step up. I believe that Luis Arthur Cane will prove to be the better striker in this one and will KO Lambert in round 2.
Matt “Handsome” Wiman vs. Thiago Tavares
Matt Wiman has done great since coming off of The Ultimate Fighter. Wiman very well could be one of the underrated lightweights. Tavares is a good fighter as well and he is favored to win this fight. Coincidently, both fighters have recently fought Michihiro Omigawa and both won by unanimous decision. The cool pick will be Tavares, therefore I will pick Matt Wiman to win this fight by unanimous decision. Whoever wins here moves into the top 20 of a stacked divison.
Eddie Sanchez vs. Antoni Hardonk
Eddie Sanchez is a late replacement for the injured Neil Wain. I don’t know how that will affect Sanchez. Hardonk has struggled in the UFC, going 2-2 and losing to Frank Mir and Justin McCully. Sanchez is 3-1 in the UFC. I expect Sanchez to move to 4-1 in the UFC. I don’t expect this fight to last long, maybe into round 2. Therefore I pick Sanchez to win by TKO in round 2.
Roan Carneiro vs. Kevin Burns
Carneiro is beatable, but I don’t know anything about Kevin Burns. I have to pick Carneiro by unanimous decision.
Jess Liaudin vs. Paul Taylor
Taylor has already beaten Liaudin once in his career, Taylor is exciting and if he comes out swinging I expect him to win. I think Taylor win will by first round KO.
Upset Watch: Fabricio Werdum over Brandon Vera and Jason Day over Michael Bisping
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