Preliminary card (Facebook)
T.J. Dillashaw vs. Hugo Viana
Anthony Njokuani vs. Roger Bowling
David: Anthony is bigger, stronger and simply better than Bowling.
Clifford Starks vs. Yoel Romero
Preliminary Card (FX)
Chad Mendes vs. Darren Elkins
David:I am so sorry Darren! He puts up a really good fight at UFC 158- then gets handed to Money Mendes. Elkins is a really good wrestler, and not a bad fighter, but lets be honest, he’s not on Mendes’ level either on the feet or on the ground. Mendes is going to end the FX show early with a second round TKO.
Francis Carmont vs. Lorenz Larkin
David: This fight should be on the main card. Francis is on a huge winning streak, and hasn’t lost since 2008. So don’t just look to the guy with the gaudy record. I think Carmont has the chin with withstand the flurry, and is much better on the ground. I’m a big Larkin fan, but I’ll take Carmount to get a tap.
Ramsey Nijem vs. Myles Jury
David: I’m taking Jury, mostly because of what he did to Micheal Johnson, and I think his striking is cleaner
Joseph Benavidez vs. Darren Uyenoyama
David: I am still stunned by Benny not holding gold. Uyen is a good fighter, and not a walkover by any means, but lets face it, Joseph is winning this one fairly quickly.
Tim Means vs. Jorge Masvidal
David: Jorge can decide where the fight takes place, and even though Means is not being given the love he should be getting, he’s going to take this one fairly easily in the scorecards. I don’t think Jorge can stop him though.
MAIN CARD: FOX
Matt Brown vs. Jordan Mein
David: I’m a big Matt Brown fan, but the problem is, whenever he gets on a run, he tends to lay an egg. He’s a hard worker, exciting fighter, but I think Mein is a little bit better, and I simply don’t trust Brown on a winning streak.
Roni: This is a very hard fight even though Mein is filling in for Hardy. Both fighters are entering the octagon with good win-streaks. And more important, Matt beat Swick while Mein defeated Miller. Either fighter can pull down this win, but I think “The Immortal” Brown will persevere.
Nate Diaz vs. Josh Thomson
David: I’m not 100% sure Gilbert is better than Nate. Thomson hasn’t impressed me in years. I’ve got Nate by utter domination.
Roni: Josh just had a very close fight against Gilbert Melendez. IMO he even won that. And while it means nothing for the UFC (though it is probably the reason he drew Nate), the very fact that it is Nate (a trainer partner of Melendez), it may complicate things for Josh. I am pulling for Nate. I think he can win either by decision, or sub.
Frank Mir vs. Daniel Cormier
David: Lets see, Mir has fought BETTER fighters, he’s knocked out better fighters, and he submitted better guys. I still want to know how beating Josh Barnett gets you ranked #3 in the world, especially since that was the dullest fight of the tournament that didn’t have Werdum in it?
How is Mir such the underdog?
Answer: The head. Not only does Mir has a chin that can be touched, Mir also fades under pressure, especially when his back is facing chainlinks. The bad thing about it, is Mir is “only” a three to one underdog. I’d love to bet Mir, but the odds simply are not long enough. I’m taking DC, but I’m pulling for MIR. He very well could pull an arm off.
Roni: This fight will be a great test to both guys. But I do not see how Mir can take this fight to the ground. And we’ve all seen how much power DC has in those heavy heavy hands! However, there’s a new myth in town. Mir went to train with Greg Jackson, and (according to reports) this will be the first time Mir will be in-shape! it remains to be seen if an “in-shape Mir” is as rare as a “motivated BJ Penn” 🙂
I am skeptical Mir can pull it off. But I hope (for him) he is.
Benson Henderson vs. Gilbert Melendez
David: I love this fight, and I love the fact that Gilbert finally gets the chance to prove that he’s a top fighter.
I love the fact that Gilbert finds out that winning most of the fight vs Josh Thompson, and dropping rounds because you don’t care on Showtime just isn’t going to work anymore. Benson DOMINATED Nate Diaz, and I’ll be honest, I think Diaz is a better striker than El Nino. Gilbert might be the HARDER striker, however. I think Gilbert might, MIGHT be a better wrestler, but does he have the shot to take him down? Maybe. But Benson is going to win this one easily.
Roni: Good points, but I don’t see El Nino beating Bendo. While I like him and think he definitely belongs in the UFC, his past fights were so close (against lesser talent) that it remains to be seen if he can hang with the likes of Bendo. I have Bendo winning a close decision.
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