Josh Koscheck vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida
Koscheck is the obvious favorite here, but there has been a lot of drama in his life recently. Koscheck is coming off of a loss to Thiago Silva at UFC 90. Also, there is all the drama that has been going on at AKA. Koscheck apparently is right in the middle and will not sign the agreement. Franklin McNeil, on MMA Live, speculated that this could be Koscheck’s last UFC fight win or loose. I don’t know about that, but I do know he may have some distractions. That has to affect him. If it wasn’t for that I would clearly pick Kos to win. Yoshida may be a good pick for some of our risky betters out there. Yoshida is a well roudned fighter who looked very good against War Machine in his debut. Yoshida is a solid judoka with well rounded MMA skills. Koscheck is a wretler first, but has much improved striking skills. Which Koscheck will we see? There is a part of me which wants to pick Yoshida to win this fight, and he very well could, but the safe pick is still Koscheck. I will pick Koscheck to win by unaimous decision.
Mike Swick vs. Jonathan Goulet
Goulet has looked better lately than he had before. However, his lasts two wins came over Kuniyoshi Hironaka and Paul Georgieff. He has a career 4-3 record in the UFC. Goulet is a decent fighter who can be very aggressive, however Mike Swick is a legit top ten welterweight and could climb higher. I do not expect Swick to fall of the horse against Goulet. When it comes down to it I think Swick is better all around and I think he will take this fight by TKO in round 2.
Matt Wiman vs. Jim Miller
The original fight was slated to be Wiman vs. Frank Edgar, however last week Edgar was forced to withdraw due to an injury. Jim Miller is a solid replacement that many feel could really climb into elite status in the UFC. Miller is a gamer. He steps in on little notice against a very good opponent in Matt Wiman. A lot of people forget that Wiman is 4-0 since coming off of The Ultimate Fighter Season 5. Guys like Maynard, Diaz, and Lauzon have gotten all the attention from that season of TUF, but Wiman is right there with them. This is a tough fight to pick. Miller ought to have better wrestling and better jiu jitsu than Wiman. Whereas Wiman ought to have better striking skills. When it comes down to it one of the questions would have to be Miller’s cardio in stepping in near last minute. Will it be a factor? I see this as a tough fight between two guys climbing the ladder at 155. In the end I think Miller wins it by decision. However, watch for the submission and watch Wiman’s hands.
Steve Cantwell vs. Razak Al-Hussan
Cantwell is young and very underrated. He was not expected to beat Stann in their second fight, but I have to believe that Cantwell got on the radar with his win over Stann. Cantwell has great striking skills. Cantwell appears to be fairly versatile as a fighter. I have a feeling that this fight will stay standing and that Cantwell will win by TKO in round 1.
Nate Loughran vs. Tim Credeur
Nate Loughran is 1-0 in the UFC, with his win coming over Johnny Rees. Loughran also boasts a 9-0 career record. However, he is stepping in against a solid veteran in Tim Credeur. Credeur did very will on the Ultimate Fighter 7, loosing twice in the semi-finals to Jesse Taylor and C.B. Dolloway. Credeur is best known for his very good ground skills. Loughran also has some ground skills, 8 of his 9 wins have come by way of submission. I look for this fight to eventually hit the ground and to become very technical. I look for Credeur to win by submission in round 2.
Luigi Fiorvanti vs. Brodie Farber
The military fans love Luigi Fiorvanti, the ex-marine. Fiorvanti is coming off of a disappointing loss to Diego Sanchez. Farber is also coming off of a heartbreaking loss to Rory Markham. It appeared Farber was about to finish Markham off when Markham landed a head kick that KO’d Farber is highlight reel fashion. I think Fraber is a solid fighter. The loser of this fight very well could be out of the UFC. I really think that Luigi will come pumped and ready to win for the fans at this one. That is why I think that Fiorvanti wins this win by TKO in round 2.
Steve Bruno vs. Johnny Rees
Steve Bruno, who trains out of American Top Team is 0-1 in the UFC, with his loss coming to Chris Wilson. Rees is also 0-1 in the UFC losing his bout to Nate Loughran. This is another bout of the loser leaves the UFC. Therefore, I pick Steve Bruno to win by decision.
Eddie Sanchez vs. Justin McCully
Sanchez will want this fight to stay standing. McCully may just want to stand and trade as well. If it stays on its feet I really expect Sanchez to pull out a win by KO or TKO and that is what I think will happen.
Ben Saunders vs. Brandon Wolff
Wolff is a highly regarded fighter. Saunder is a solid fighter and TUF 6 alum. These guys could really go at it on Wednesday. In the end I pick Wolff to win by decision.
Corey Hill vs. Dale Hartt
Corey Hill was expected to be a very good fighter and that is why the UFC has kept him around despite his inexperience. He has no ground game, but he does have great Muay Thai. The loser of this fight will be sent packing from the UFC. I think Hill’s size will be the difference. Corey Hill by TKO in round 1.
Filed under: Ben Saunders, Brodie Farber, Corey Hill, Dale Hartt, Dana White, Eddie Sanchez, Frank Edgar, Jim Miller, Johnny Rees, Jonathan Goulet, Josh Koscheck, Justin McCully, Luigi Fiorvanti, Matt Wiman, Nate Loughran, Razak Al-Hussan, Steve Cantwell, Tim Credeur, UFC, UFC Fight Night 16, Yoshiyuki Yoshida | Tagged: Ben Saunders, Brandon Wolff, Brodie Farber, Corey Hill, Dale Hartt, Eddie Sanchez, Jim Miller, Johnny Rees, Jonathan Goulet, Josh Koscheck, Justin McCully, Luigi Fiorvanti, Matt Wiman, Mike Swick, Nate Loughran, Razak Al-Hussan, Steve Bruno, Steve Cantwell, Tim Credeur, UFC Fight Night 16, Yoshiyuki Yoshida | Leave a comment »