UFC 105 Predictions!

11 11 2009

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Ok, so considering the other url has been a bit flaky, I’m going to use this url again from now on. So anyone who goes back to this url will indeed find new content posted, including this one! So let’s do it!

Normally, I don’t do predictions for upcoming UFC events since crashing and burning on UFC 101, but I figured that I might as well give it another shot and see how it works out for UFC 105!

Randy Couture -vs- Brandon Vera: This is a match I could file under the “Weird Match-Up, But Still Intriguing Nonetheless” files, no doubt. This fight is intriguing for the simple reason that it’s the classic “Youth vs Experience” type of battle that will pit Vera’s speed and agility against Couture’s grit and cage intelligence. Knowing Randy, he’ll be able to muscle Brandon up against the cage and use his Greco-Roman/dirty boxing combo to pick “The Truth” apart. Brandon’s good, no doubt about it, his Mauy Thai could cause a problem for his opponent, and plus Father Time may catch up to Randy, but then again, we all said that about Randy how many times? I got Randy winning by decision.

Prediction: Couture by decision.

Mike Swick -vs- Dan Hardy: Hmmm, tough one to call. I gained a lot of respect for Dan Hardy when he defend the sport after professional boxer Bernard Hopkins made fun of it, and he seems to come off as an intelligent speaker, but he’s been untested as a fighter. And fighting someone like Mike Swick who’s only lost one fight in the UFC is basically going headfirst into a brick wall. I expect Swick to blitzkrieg his way into a second round (T)KO.

Prediction: Swick by (T)KO 2nd Round.

Micheal Bisping -vs- Denis Kang: I haven’t seen a lot of Kang but what I’ve been seeing from his UFC tenure, I haven’t been impressed. Then again, Bisping just got through a highlight reel KO from Dan Henderson, bringing his confidence into question, so it’s pretty much a coin flip on who could keep their act together. Given Bisping’s experience in the UFC, I give Bisping the edge and he’ll use his counter-striking en route to a decision.

Prediction: Bisping by decision.

James Wilks -vs- Matt Brown: In a fight that pits a grappler vs a striker, you have to give the edge to the grappler. James Wilks, the Welterweight winner of “The Ultimate Fighter Season 9”, showed some solid submission skills in his victory at the finale, something that Matt Brown has been suspect to, losing a fight to eventual middleweight winner Amir Sadollah during TUF 7 to a triangle choke. My call? Wilks via submission, first round.

Prediction: Wilks by Submission 1st Round.

Ross Pearson -vs- Aaron Riley: Coin flip time!

*flips coin*

Ok, Pearson. Probably by (T)KO…….2nd Round. Yes, I’m being lazy, what of it?

Prediction: Pearson by (T)KO 2nd Round.

Ok, let’s see how it goes! UFC 105 is coming up this Saturday, FREE ON SPIKE!

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UFC 101 Predictions

27 07 2009

Hey guys!

UFC 101:  Declaration is coming up in August 8th in Philadelphia, so I figured considering the most I’m doing right now is sitting on my butt, I might as well give my predictions for the event. Enjoy!

BJ Penn Vs. Kenny Florian (for the UFC Lightweight Championship) – Interesting match up here, because despite Penn being better than “KenFlo” on several aspects of the MMA game (crisp striking, god-like BJJ, great takedowns, and a killer instinct that’ll make Jason Voorhees jealous), there’s still a question mark on “The Prodigy’s” cardio and motivation, which I’ve been seeing from Kenny lately. Kenny’s been known to push the pace of a fight and still be fresh, and not only is this the second time he’s fighting for a title shot, this fight is all about Kenny “killing the master” in BJ Penn. Plus it’s been reported that Florian’s been training with GSP in preparation for this fight. This fight has potential for an upset, so I’m going with Kenny winning in the fourth round via (T)KO.

Anderson Silva Vs. Forrest Griffin – After his last two uneventful championship fights in the 185 division, Anderson Silva makes his return to the 205 division  to face former Light Heavyweight champion in Forrest Griffin. As much as I like to see Forrest Griffin come out with an upset like he did with Shogun, Anderson is just on a different level and, barring some injury, will probably put on a clinic en route to a unanimous decision that will make people forget about his last two fights. Sorry, Forrest! I hope you prove me wrong tho’!

Amir Sadollah Vs. Johny Hendricks – Tough call. Amir had to drop out of his first two fights due to injury, so it’s hard to say how much time he’s put in the gym, plus I’ve heard some things about Hendricks’ ground game. I’m just gonna go with my gut on this one and say Amir keeps the fight standing and wins via (T)KO in the 2nd.

Kendall Grove Vs. Ricardo Almeida – Kendall’s been on a roll, and I can’t see “Big Dog” stopping it anytime soon. “Da Spyder’s” long reach and decent ground game is gonna cause problems for Almeida and I see him being awarded a decision win.

Josh Neer Vs. Kurt Pellegrino – Don’t know a lot about these two, so….

*takes coin from pocket*

*flips it*

Ok, heads. Kurt wins. Submission in the 3rd round.

Well, here’s my predictions, let’s see if I’m right! *crosses fingers*

-PH