Tommy Speer vs. Anthony Johnson
Tommy Speer looked greated on TUF, however in the finale against Mac Danzig he didn’t look good. If he can stand with someone and ground and pound them Tommy can beat anyone. We will see how his training has come since TUF. If he stick with Hughes it could really help him. Tommy Speer by unanimous decision.
George Sotiropolous vs. Roman Mitchyan
This is a tough fight to pick because Roman Mitchyan didn’t stay around long enough on TUF due to an injury. He seems tough as nails and he can beat anyone on the ground. I almost picked him, but George seemed so good and so confident on TUF. I pick George by unanimous decision
Manny Gamburyan (Ranked #18) vs. Jeff Cox (unranked)
Okay, well Manny was the TUF runner up and near winner if it wasn’t for an injury, why is he still fighting third tier guys. All the others on TUF with him are fighting good guys. Lauzon has Florian. Maynard has Edgar. Diaz has Pellegrino. It is time for Manny to fight better competition. A win here will force him to fight better people. I pick Manny Gamburyan via submission late in round 1
Clay Guida (Ranked #9)vs. Samy Schiavo (unranked)
It is amazing how Guida can be beating Roger Huerta senseless for two rounds and then get caught and loose the fight and now Guida is on a UFN undercard fighting an unknown and Huerta is in the title talk. Guida can fight with anyone. I pick Guida by TKO in round 2. He needs to show he can finish this fight.
Din Thomas (Ranked #12) vs. Josh Neer
This isn’t an easy fight. However, Din Thomas is very good. I think Din will win in round 2 with a KO.
Marcus Aurelio (Ranked #10) vs. Ryan Roberts (unranked)
The original fight was scheduled to be Aureilo vs. Spencer Fisher. Obviously this is on paper an easier fight to Auerilo. I will pick Marcus because he has fight much better competition. I expect a unanimous decision win, although it is ideal for Marcus to stop the fight quick. It gets him back in the top ten talk.
Frank Edgar (Ranked #7) vs. Gray Maynard (Ranked #20)
Frank Edgar looked good his last fight, but so did Gray. I was shocked by this fight. Gray Maynard has done very well in the UFC, but Edgar is a top five guy. It seems like a bit too early for this fight for Gray. That will hurt him, but I would not be shocked if Gray wins. Both are great wrestlers. Gray can hit really hard so can Edgar. I nearly picked Gray for this, but I have to go with Frankie Edgar, who is in and will stay in the title picture with a win.
Nate Diaz (Ranked #16) vs. Kurt Pellegrino (Ranked #14)
Nate has looked really good. That bite through this lip for Kurt his last fight was sick. This is going to be a tough fight. It will do two things. It will show how good Nate Diaz is and it will show if Kurt Pellegrino belongs further up the rankings. If Nate is like his brother he will be incosnsitent, however he has potential against anyone. Both can grapple. I don’t know how Nate will take a hit. We will see. I still pick Nate Diaz via submission in round 3. Should be a good fight.
Houston Alexander (Ranked #14) vs. James Irvin (Ranked #19)
The question is was Houston Alexander a fluke? No doubt he can hit hard and can finish a fight. It seems he is not a top ten guy yet as Thiago Silva destroyed him. How will he do against another mid level fighter. I think Irvin will go to sleep in the first round before the half way point. So I pick Houston Alexander via KO in round 1.
Matt Hamill (Ranked #15) vs. Tim Boetsch (Ranked #20)
Tim Boetsch looked mean his last fight. Matt Hamill got cheated his last fight. I think Hamill is very good. He has stand up. He can wrestle better than anyone. He is good. I look for him to take Boetsch down and use some ground and pound on him. Hamill by TKO or Ref Stoppage in round 1.
Karo Parisyan (Ranked #5) vs. Thiago Alves (Ranked #11)
This may be a good fight. Karo has looked so good against so many guys. There is no doubt he is a top level guy. Thiago Alves is no slouch. With a win here he will be right there with Jon Fitch in the title shot discussion. This won’t be a easy win though. I think in the end though Karo wins by unanimous decision.
Kenny Florian (Ranked #3) vs. Joe Lauzon (Ranked #8)
The hardest fight to pick is the main event. Both have some experience against elite fighters. Both have good wins. Both are long and thing. Both can wrestle. Both have great stand up. Both have brutal elbows. Both have jiu Jitsu skills. Honestly, this could be a toss up and should be fight of the night. Win or loose both these guys are around to stay in the top tier of the divison. The winner should be in the title shot discussion. If Florian wins he could get the next shot. If Lauzon wins, Huerta will get the next shot and Joe will have to win one more. Both these guys have great training. I think in the end Joe Lauzon will pull out a win and will catch Kenny in round 2.
Most possible upset(s): Gray Maynard over Frank Edgar. Thiago Alves over Karo Parisyan. Tim Boetsch over Mat Hamill
This fight night has huge implications for the lightweight divison and will sort out a lot of the rankings. Winners move up, losers move down the rankings. Nine of the top twenty fighters in my rankings are fighting from the lightweight divison including #3,7,8,9,10,12,14, 16, 20
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