UFC 143

Nick Diaz and Carlos Condit will be fighting for the welterweight interim title. This is a very interesting match up.  Condit is well-rounded with great composure in tense fights. Diaz loves to put on pressure and it’s that pressure that breaks down many of his opponents.  But in this fight, Diaz will be up against someone who can deal with an onslaught of punishment and dish major punishment of his own.  Condit will need to prevent Diaz from getting into a groove such as allowing Diaz to throw hundreds of those slap punches and controlling the pace and the octagon.  I see this being a very close fight but with the edge going to Carlos Condit.

My Picks:

Carlos Condit beats Nick Diaz
Roy Nelson beats Fabricio Werdum
Josh Koscheck beats Mike Pierce
Renan Barao beats Scott Jorgensen
Dustin Poirier beats Max Halloway
Ed Herman beats Clifford Starks

UFC 137

The original main event was suppose to be a Welterweight Championship fight, but unfortunately Georges St. Pierre is injured and now the BJ Penn v. Nick Diaz takes top billing.   This main event is just as intriguing. BJ Penn is an amazing fighter who’s MMA skills are unmatched.  Nick Diaz is tough as nails and is as scrappy as they come.

They are both BJJ specialist and you can expect this fight to be entirely on their feet. Diaz has range, but Penn has power.  BJ Penn hasn’t look like his usual dominating days and I don’t think he’s has it in him this time around, but I hope he proves me wrong.  Nick Diaz will take this fight using his slap boxing style and his range to wear down Penn.  As the fight goes to the later rounds expect Penn to slow down and Diaz to turn up the heat.

My Picks:

Nick Diaz beats BJ Penn
Matt Mitrione beats Cheick Kongo
Roy Nelson beats Mirko ‘CroCop’ Filipovic
Scott Jorgenson beats Jeff Curan
Hatsu Hioki beats George Roop
Dennis Siver beats Donald Cerrone
Eliot Marshall beats Brandon Vera
Tyson Griffin beats Bart Palaszewski
Chris Camozzi beats Francis Carmont
Clifford Starks beats Dustin Jacoby
Ramsey Nijem beats Danny Downes