UFC 155


Cain Velasquez is one of the most dynamic Heavyweights in the division. His quickness and endurance has made him very successful. But those  traits were mostly due to his smaller stature as a heavyweight.  What has made Dos Santos the champ he is today is his quick feet and his heavy hands. When these two meet again tonight the major difference between the two are their skillset they bring into the game; Velasquez with his wrestling, Dos Santos and his striking.

Velasquez’s last fight against Dos Santos ended too quickly to see his both of their game plans. But I see fight ending very similar as it did before.  Velasquez will have a hard time dealing with Dos Santos heavy and quick hands.  But if there was any chance for Velasquez to pull out a win he will need to turn this fight into a wrestling match.  Velasquez needs to take the Champ to the ground or stuff him against the cage.

My Picks:

Junior Dos Santos beats Cain Velasquez
Jim Miller beats Joe Lauzon
Tim Boetsch beats Constantinos Philippou
Yushin Okami beats Alan Belcher
Chris Leben beats Derek Brunson
Eddie Wineland beats Brad Pickett
Melvin Guillard beats Jamie Varner
Michael Johnson beats Miles Jury
Byron Bloodworth beats Erik Perez

UFC 146

The original main event was suppose to be Dos Santos defending this title against Alistair Overeem, but due to a failed drug test Overeem was pulled from the match.  Now Frank Mir gets another opportunity to get a Heavyweight title around his waist.   Mir has won his last three fights and he has looked impressive.  Mir has a tough fight ahead of him. Dos Santos is a powerful heavyweight with devastating striking.  If Mir wants any chance of winning this fight he’ll need to take this fight to the ground.

Also, expect Dos Santos to look  at this fight as more than a title defense but to revenge the defeat of  his team mate Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira by the hands of Mir.

My Picks:

Junior Dos Santos beats Frank Mir
Antonio Silva beats Can Velasquez
Roy Nelson beats Dave Herman
Shane del Rosario beats Stipe Miocic
Stefan Struve beats Lavar Johnson
Diego Brandao beats Darren Elkins
Edson Barbosa beats Jamie Varner
Duane Ludwig beats Dan Hardy
Kyle Kingsbury beats Glover Teixeira
Jacob Volkmann beats Paul Sass
Mike Brown beats Daniel Pineda

UFC 116

They should have named this event “Clash of the Titans” because that’s what it is. Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin will be entering the octagon tipping well pass the heavyweight limit. This is the epitome of a heavyweight match. Carwin is known for his knockout power and crushing all his opponents in one round, and Brock is just as powerful if not more, and is  more athletic and superior in wrestling. Lesnar has been sideline for about one year due to illness and many would say that ring rust will play a role in the outcome of the fight. But some people forget that Lensar had his illness for several years and didn’t know about it. He was never able to train 100%. Lesnar was beating people up and won the heavyweight title while suffering from diverticulitis.  Now that he’s all healed up and training at 100% will we see an even more powerful and faster Brock Lesnar?

Carwin’s 12 wins are impressive but he hasn’t shown any other abilities other than knocking guys out (maybe he doesn’t need to). We’ve seen what Lesnar can do and he gets better every time he enters the cage. I don’t see Carwin defending Brock’s takedown, and unless he’s powerful enough to knock people out from his back and I don’t see him getting Brock off of him. With Fedor’s recent loss this match up will show who is the true heavyweight champ in MMA.

My Picks:

Brock Lesnar beats Shane Carwin

Chris Leben beats Yoshihiro Akiyama

Chris Lytle beats Matt Brown

Krzysztof Soszynski beats Stephan Bonnar

George Stiropoulos beats Kurt Pellegrino

Gerald Harris beats Dave Branch

Forrest Petz beats Daniel Roberts

UFC 91


Randy Couture is back and this time he’s taking on a mountain of muscle, a juggernaut named Brock Lensnar. Let’s get to the fight picks.

Brock Lesnar beats Randy Couture
Many may see Brock Lesnar as too inexperienced in MMA to beat Couture. It is true that Lesnar is inexperienced, but what those same people don’t know is that Lensar is acompetitive athlete that knows how to use his physical abilities to his advantage. Fighters with a strong wrestling background like Lesnar’s do very well in UFC; Matt Hughes, Mark Coleman, Sean Sherk, Matt Lindland, Frank Edgar, Gray Maynard, and Randy Couture himself. One thing to take notice is that Randy hasn’t fought in over a year. Will he have ring rust? Probably not, but at his age the sharpness of his skills maybe affected. Randy has always had trouble with bigger guys with a decent ground game. Ricco Rodriguez and Josh Barnett beat Randy. Those losses may be ancient history, what did Randy do after those losses? He dropped to 205 and since then he fought fighters who likes to strike rather than take it to the ground. In this fight I see Randy trying to be elusive using hit and run tactics, but as much as I like Randy I see Lensar ending up getting the take down and overpower Randy for a TKO stoppage.

Joe Stevenson beats Kenny Florian
Earlier this week I had Florian winning this fight, but I believe Florian and his camp underrates Stevenson’s striking. Stevenson also has a good ground game and can surprise Florian with well-placed striking and a takedowns. If Stevenson takes Florian down I can see him controlling the top position as Sean Sherk did. This is going to be a very close fight, but I Stevenson getting the slight edge and pulling an upset.

Demian Maia beats Nate Quarry
Nate Quarry is a tough fighter. He has decent striking and wrestling. A jack of all trades, but an ace of none. Demian Maia is a submission machine, and if the fight goes to the ground Quarry’s decent ground game won’t cut it. Demian Maia is not going to stand and will look to take the fight to the ground as soon as he can. Quarry will have to the get the quick KO if he wants to win this fight.

Tamdan McCrory beats Dustin Hazelett
Aaron Riley beats Jorge Gurgel
Jeremy Stephens beats Rafael do Anjos
Alvin Robinson beats Mark Bocek
Ryan Thomas beats Matt Brown
Gabriel Gonzaga beats Josh Hendricks