Very excited about all of the possible match ups in the UFC
Imagine Light heavyweight champion Jon Jones (far right) vs Cain Velasquez (far left) for the Heavyweight belt, or Lightweight champion Ben Henderson (middle left) vs GSP (middle right) for the Welterweight strap. Now if all you can think of is awesomeness then you’re not alone. Two potentially amazing superfights that aren’t realistically very far away, let’s speculate…
Henderson (left with belt) and GSP (white and red with belt)
Ben Henderson vs Georges St. Pierre
This fight I hope we get to see at some point, and I think we will see it. Henderson walks around at about 180 pounds, meaning his days as a lightweight could be coming to an end soon, and he would still have to cut to reach the welterweight limit of 170 pounds.
GSP himself is known to walk around in the 190-195 pound range before he cuts weight down to the welterweight limit, and who knows how much longer he will even be in that division.
As for the fight itself, it would be very hard to pick as both fighters are quite similar in their styles as strong powerful grapplers with great all around striking games.
Based on the dominance GSP has shown his entire career he would certainly be the favourite and the logical pick. His experience would also help him out in the cage with a similar fighter such as Henderson.
Not to take anything away from Henderson, but for him to go up in weight and fight a more experienced version of himself in what would probably be his first fight at Welterweight would be quite the test.
Hypothetical Prediction: GSP by Unanimous Decision
UFC 156 is officially behind us, and what a crazy event it was. Title shots were promised to winners of some fights, and they fell through with disappointing performances.
Alistair Overeem looked flat-out horrible. He totally disrespected Antonio Silva from the minute the fight was announced to the minute he was laying on the canvas unconscious. It was quite apparent early in the fight that Overeem was out of Silva’s league, yet he was not trying to finish the fight. He tried to toy with Silva, and paid the ultimate price for it, he got tired and got knocked out.
I really don’t know what to say about Rashad Evan’s “fight,” so I won’t say anything at all.
Frankie Edgar and Jose Aldo ended the show with a great, close fight that could have seen either fighter walk away with the belt around his waist. Frankie made the fight close like he always does with his active striking and his aggressive wrestling, but it was not enough to dethrone the mighty Aldo, who looked masterful in another title defense.
Next up for Aldo? We already know he is fighting Anthony Pettis in August, in what should be an amazing fight that will put two of the sports most stylistic strikers in the cage against another.
Next up for Edgar? How does a fight with the Korean Zombie sound? Entertaining? Yes? Me to!
Next up for Overeem? Never been a better time than now to book the fan pleasing JDS fight. Seeing as they are both coming off of disappointing losses, let’s see who is more determined to get the belt.
Next up for Rashad? I would like to see Rashad and Shogun fight. There is no way Shogun will stand and patty cake the whole fight, hopefully.
Hello and welcome back for another set of fight predictions with TheOzzymandias! It has been a while since I have done a post and I am truly sorry for that, but let’s get on with the picks! We have a great fight night on Saturday, and I can’t wait to see the action.
But either way the pick must be made, and as much as I would love to see Frankie pull off the big win (I believe he never lost to Bendo), I just can’t see Aldo being defeated for years to come.
Edgar does present a challenge that Aldo has yet to face. He is somewhat of a mix between Hominick and Mendes in that he can move around very well and land plenty of strikes, and he has a great wrestling base that I expect to see on full display. We will see how the move down to featherweight affects his speed and strength, as even Aldo will not know entirely what to expect.
Aldo is so explosive and can end fights at almost any second, and I see this being the difference in this fight. The leg kicks he throws are some of the best in the whole sport, and would do much to damage Edgar’s non-st0p footwork.
Jose Aldo via TKO rd 3
Rashad Evans vs Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
I see Evans taking this fight with relative ease. He has tremendous level changing skills when it comes to using his wrestling in the realm of MMA, and very powerful strikes to go along with it. Rashad is the more well-rounded fighter and I see him pushing the pace from the start of the fight to the finish. Lil Nog is no pushover, if he lands one of those accurate bombs of his Rashad could easily be put away, but I just think Rashad is in the true elite of the light heavyweight division. I think he will use his explosive striking and wrestling to keep Nogueira guessing as to whats coming next.
Rashad Evans via Unanimous Decision
Alistair Overeem vs Antonio Silva
Very excited for this fight, and even more excited to finally see Overeem back in the octagon. A fight with title implications for Overeem, and I don’t see him disappointing in this fight, as I’m sure he is aching to get back in there and add another highlight reel KO to his resume. Silva does present the challenge of being a big strong guy with massive fists that could put Overeem to sleep if they connect, but the way he was destroyed by Cain Velasquez was so brutal that I will never forget it. If Overeem can keep his range and land some bombs he should win this fight quite impressively. Silva never wins the big fight (aside from Fedor in his career fading losing streak) and I don’t see that changing here.
Alistair Overeem via KO rd 1
Jon Fitch vs Demian Maia
Such an intriguing fight, and such a hard fight to pick. On one hand Jon Fitch has started a career rejuvenation and has actually been entertaining since his loss to Hendricks. And on the other Maia has had somewhat of a career rejuvenation of himself, since moving down to Welterweight he is 2-0 and is starting to focus more on his jiu-jitsu which can give a lot of welterweights problems if he can get the fight to floor. And fortunately for him that is where Fitch excels as well, and I expect to see a wonderful ground battle in this fight. If not, I believe Maia has improved his striking much more than Fitch has and will have an advantage on the feet. This is a tough Fight for both but I believe Maia has a slight advantage. Another fight with possible title shot possibilities as well.
Demian Maia via Submission rd 2
Ian McCall vs Joseph Benavidez
Another very interesting fight and probably with major title implications for the Flyweight division based on the shallowness of the division. Both fighters have had extremely close decisions with the champ Demetrious Johnson, and it should be an evenly fought battle. However, I always thought Benavidez was going to be the Flyweight champ when he had the chance, and as much as I like McCall I just don’t see him getting past the speed and power combo of Benavidez. McCall does have very good technical boxing, and I would not be mad or surprised to see him score a win.
Joseph Benavidez via Decision (a close one)
So there are my picks for Saturday’s fight night, leave me some comments and let me know what you think of my predictions, and leave me some of your own!
UFC on FX 7: Belfort vs Bisping is going down tomorrow night from Ibirapuera Arena in Sao Paolo, Brazil.
It should be a very competitive and even night of fights tonight, and that makes predicting the winners that much harder.
Vitor Belfort vs. Michael Bisping
No matter how long he fights, I will never forget seeing Michael Bisping laying on the ground unconscious after Dan Henderson landed one of the biggest shots ever at UFC 100.
I’m not saying this is what is going to happen tomorrow night, but with Belfort’s blazing hand speed and knockout ability I can’t seem to think of a way that Bisping get’s out of this fight with his conscience in check.
Bisping will have to try and muscle Belfort around, use his superior gas tank and not let “the Phenom” find his range, while trying to land his solid jab. But I just can’t see Bisping being able to circle around and jab away at a killer like Belfort.
Belfort via KO, round 2
Ben Rothwell vs. Gabriel Gonzaga
Very hard fight to pick here. Both fighters are very experienced and have had very illustrious careers. Rothwell likes to push the pace a bit more and I think this will make a big difference in the fight. If the fight goes to the mat, Gonzaga is probably the better grappler, giving him a better shot at success. However, I don’t think the fight will get to mat, and unexpected amazing head kicks aside, I think Rothwell stands a better chance on the feet and I smell a finish early on.
Rothwell via TKO, round 1
Daniel Sarafian vs. C.B. Dolloway
Haven’t really seen kuch from Sarafian so I don’t know what to expect from him. But what I do know is that C.B is a tough durable fighter, and seeing the odds with him as the underdog in Sarafian’s UFC debut, makes me know there is something special at Sarafian. I’m going to go with my gut here and say Sarafian wins, more or less because I really don’t like Dolloway, the fart face.
Daniel Sarafian via Submission, round 2
Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Thiago Tavares
I like the Russian to win this fight, as he is more well rounded than Tavares and won’t be held on the ground like a lot of Tavares’ opponents. Should be a close fight but I expect Khabib to be able to contend during the whole fight and to win a decision.