Christian Wellish vs. Shane Carwin
Shane Carwin has never left the first round of a fight. Nate Marquardt touts him highly. He is rumored to be a great striker and a great grappler and jiu jitsu guy. He is being hailed as the next big thing in the UFC heavyweight divison. A win would ruin that for him. I am not going to bet against Carwin in fact this is one of the fights I feel most comfortable with. Don’t be shocked to see this one creep onto the pay-per view showing. My final pick is Shane Carwin by TKO in round 1.
Terry Etim vs. Rich Clementi
Terry Etim is a great submission guy with 9 of his 10 wins coming by submissions. 5 of Rich Clementi’s 12 losses have come via submissions. The experience would go to Clementi. Terry Etim hasn’t fought since September. Rich Clementi just fought in April at UFC 83 when he beat Sam Stout in a split decision. This is a hard fight to pick because you have to assume that the fight will go on the ground and if it does Etim can submit Clementi quickly. However, I am going to pick Clementi by ref stoppage in round 2.
Ivan Salavarry vs. Rousimar Palhares
Ivan Salaverry is very talented, but for some reason hasn’t show all he can do. He is very well rounded. Palhares is a relative unkown, but apparently he can submit people because that is how he wins. I struggled picking this fight because Salaverry may be done. This is one of those win or go home fights. I amy regret it but I am going to pick Palhares by submission is round 1.
Dong Hyun Kim vs. Jason Tan
I have no idea what to say here. The loser is going to be cut. Japanese fighters seem to struggle over in the UFC with the exception of Okami. Maybe Kim is Korean and he will win. Jason Tan hasn’t beat quality people yet. However, I am going to pick Jason Tan by unanimous decision.
Jon Koppenhaver vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida
It comes down to heart and Koppenhaver has heart, but his head is messed up. I pick Yoshida to win by unanimous decision.
Thiago Silva vs. Antonio Mendes
Mendes has a good record, but Thiago Silva has looked amazing. I think he is a guy to watch in the UFC. Silva is 12-0 with 10 wins coming by TKO. I think Silva is going to KO Mendes in round 2.
Wilson Gouveia vs. Goran Reljic
Gouveia is 4-1 in the UFC, with his only loss coming in the TUF 3 Finale to Keith Jardine. Now, Gouveia in his last fight was nearly KO’d by Jason Lambert, but he camback and won the fight. Gouveia may want to keep the fight standing and may want to watch for Reljic’s armbar. Reljic is a Croatian who has trained with Cro Cop. I don’t know how good he will be, but we will see. This may be a good fight. I think Gouveia could easily win this fight, but I am going to pick Reljic by upset win and submission in round 1.
Kazuhiro Nakamura vs. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou
Sokoujou is still a top ten talent most places. He is doing some training with Extreme Couture and his guys tend to do very well. Nakamura has an average record of 11-7, but to his credit his losses have come to Machida, Shogun, Barnett, Dan Henderson, Wanderlei Silva, and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. In other words he has some good wins and some good fights, but struggles against the top tier. This may be a win or go home fight as well. I look for Sokoudjou to win this fight by unanimous decison.
Tito Ortiz vs. Lyoto Machida
Perhpas this is the fight will all the drama. Tito is most likely gone from the UFC win or lose. We know of his bitterness with Dana White. Tito wants nothing more than to go out with a win as a sign to the UFC that he is still a good fighter. Dana wants nothing more than Tito to lose badly in this fight. In fact he has probably given Machida all sorts of incentives if he wins. Tito claims to be in tip top shape. However, I have a feeling he has been distracted by talks of where he will fight next, the Apprentice, clothing lines, Jenna, other busisness ventures, did I mention Jenna? I think in the end Machida is too good. I wouldn’t want to go to decision against Tito, no fighter has been given more questionable decisions than Tito. Machida is 12-0 and that against top notch guys. He holds wins over B.J. Penn, Rich Franklin, Sokoudjou, Nakamura, and David Heath. I am going to pick Lyoto Machida to win by TKO in round 2.
Keith Jardine vs. Wanderlei Silva
This is set up to be a great fight. Both these guys are good guys with great records. The question for me is Wanderlei’s best days behind him? Jardine in my opinion should be the one coaching TUF and should be the one getting the next title shot. Jardine beat Liddell and Wanderlei lost to Chuck recently. So I guess many people with figure that Jardine should easily beat Silva. Not so fast. I think Wanderlei’s training and hard word will pay off. I like Keith Jardine, but I like Wanderlei Silva. He is a class act and a MMA legend. I am rooting for him all the way. A win for Jardine ought to mean title shot. A loss for Silva and some people are talking he is out of the UFC. I doubt that yet. With that said I will pick Wanderlei Silva to win by TKO in round 1.
B.J. Penn vs. Sean Sherk
If B.J. Penn looks like he did against Joe Stevenson it is good bye Sean Sherk. I am rooting for B.J. Sean Sherk is no puch over though. Sherk has one many fights by ground and pound. That may be dangerous against the jiu-jitsu of Penn. Cardio will be a huge factor to me. Sherk has an awesome record. Sherk could win this one, but I am going to pick B.J. Penn by submission in round 2.
Upsets to watch for: Terry Etim over Rich Clementi. Keith Jardine over Wanderlei Silva. Wilson Gouveia over Goran Reljic.
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