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UFC 148 Silva vs Sonnen Odds, Free Picks and Predictions – UFC 148 Vegas Odds and Lines

UFC 148 Silva vs Sonnen Odds, Favorites, Free Picks, Tips and Expert Predictions – UFC 148 Silva vs Sonnen Free Bets from UFC Vegas Handicapping Expert Eric Moore from the National Sports Advisors: Check out the UFC 148 Silva vs Sonnen Betting Tips, Vegas Odds, Free Bets and Handicapping preview from expert UFC handicapper/tipster Eric Moore below. If you are interested in betting on our UFC 148 Silva vs Sonnen Odds and Predictions and want betting lines, than simply skip to the latest UFC Betting odds from BOVADA.

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Middleweight Bout

Cung Le vs Patrick “The Predator” Cote

Former Strikeforce Middleweight Champ Cung Le (7-2) will be making his second appearance inside the UFC. His last trip earned him Fight on the Night honors in a loss to Wanderlei Silva. He looked fluid in the first but Silva caught him with a flurry of punches and knees in the second that stopped him at the 4:49 mark. Le brings a unique blend of striking to the cage utilizing unorthodox kicks to keep his opponents off balance and has won all 7 of his bouts by KO or TKO.

Patrick “The Predator” Cote (17-7) is riding a four fight win streak coming into this bout. Before that he hit a rough patch after losing to Anderson Silva in a middleweight championship bout. He dropped three in a row before moving on to lesser promotions to work his way back up. This will be his first fight back with the UFC since October of 2010. Cote is comfortable with staying on the outside landing punches and using the clinch against the cage when his opponents get to close.

On paper this looks like a stand up dream. Traditionally both these fighters like to stand and trade punches looking for the knockout. But with this being Cote’s (-230) first fight back after a long time away from the UFC look for him to be more conservative and not play Le’s game. Le (+180) has always been much more comfortable on the outside throwing wild kicks. Look for Cote to press Le up against the cage and turn this fight ugly landing tight punches and working for takedowns.

Prediction – Patrick “The Predator” Cote by way of unanimous decision

Light Heavyweight Bout

Forrest Griffin vs “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Tito Ortiz

Forrest Griffin (18-7) has struggled with consistency as of late. After winning the light heavyweight belt he has since gone 2-3 and was knocked out in just 1:53 by Mauricio Rua in his most recent bout. Forrest is serviceable in every area of MMA but what makes him dangerous is he’s scrappy and he is always moving forward. At his peak when he won the belt he utilized a mix of punches, leg kicks and takedowns to the point where Quinton Jackson never got comfortable.

“The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Tito Ortiz (16-10-1) was at one point in his career the most feared light heavyweight in the world. Now at the tail end of his career he has one win since 2006. Tito’s bread and butter has always been his wrestling but as the years have gone by he has lost that dominating part of his game. He showed he can still be dangerous in his fight with Ryan Bader finishing him by guillotine choke.

This will be the third time these fighters have faced off in the octagon. They have split wins and both have been by split decision. Ortiz (+240) will enter this fight with the added emotion that this will be the last time he fights having already announced he plans to retire after the bout. He has always fought emotional but he will have to keep it in check so he doesn’t gas out early. Look for Griffin (-320) to stay on the outside and let this fight wade into deep waters. He won’t be afraid to throw leg kicks as Tito’s aging wrestling won’t be enough to keep him on his back.

Prediction – Forrest Griffin by way of unanimous decision

Middleweight Championship Bout

Anderson “The Spider” Silva (Champion) vs Chael Sonnen (Challenger)

Anderson “The Spider” Silva (31-4) is one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in all of MMA. He has won 15 fights in a row with 10 of those fighting for or defending the middleweight title. He is the most accurate and dangerous fighter standing up being able to end a fight at any moment. Only two of his fights in the UFC have gone to decision finishing nine by knockout and two by submission.

Chael Sonnen (27-11-1) has been the only man to come close to ending Silva’s reign over the middleweight division. After controlling the first four rounds Silva was able to catch him in a triangle choke mid way through the fifth. Sonnen’s biggest asset is his wrestling as he is able to out muscle anyone at 185 pounds. To earn his rematch he defeated Michael Bisping in underwhelming fashion with a unanimous decision.

The only question anyone has ever had about Silva (-300) is his motivation. During some of his bouts he has looked bored and unwilling to take risks to finish the fight. Motivation will not be a problem in this fight. Sonnen (+220) has done everything he can to try to gain a psychological advantage over Silva. Anderson was taken by surprise the last time they met; he won’t make the same mistake twice. Expect Sonnen to eat his words as Silva comes out determined to knock him out.

Prediction – Anderson “The Spider” Silva by way of knock out

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UFC 146 Dos Santos vs Mir Odds, Free Picks and Predictions – UFC 146 Vegas Odds and Lines

UFC 146 Dos Sanos vs Mir Odds, Favorites, Free Picks, Tips and Expert Predictions – UFC 146 Dos Sanos vs Mir Free Bets from UFC Vegas Handicapping Expert Eric Moore from the National Sports Advisors: Check out the UFC 146 Dos Sanos vs Mir Betting Tips, Vegas Odds, Free Bets and Handicapping preview from expert UFC handicapper/tipster Eric Moore below. If you are interested in betting on our UFC 146 Dos Sanos vs Mir Odds and Predictions and want betting lines, than simply skip to the latest UFC Betting odds from BOVADA.

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Heavyweight Bout

Roy “Big Country” Nelson vs. Dave Herman

Roy “Big Country” Nelson (16-7) is coming off of a Fight of the Night loss to Fabricio Werdum. After winning The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights he has struggled with consistency losing three of his last four fights. Even with his struggles Nelson is an always dangerous fighter. On his feet he has a devastating over hand right and on the ground he can be suffocating.

This will be only the third fight inside the octagon for Dave Herman (21-3). His first two he split, winning by TKO and then getting TKOed by Stefan Struve. His greatest strength lies in his standup where he isn’t afraid to get creative with kicks and other techniques. While this puts him at risk of getting countered or taken down it can also put an opponent on their heels as they try to guess where strikes are coming from.

Lately Nelson (-225) has been facing some of the best heavyweights that the UFC has to offer. While no one who fights in the UFC is an easy win this will still feel like a substantial step down in competition for him. Herman (+175) has demonstrated that he can get up after being put on his back but he has never had a man with the size and control that Nelson has. Look for there to be a feeling out process on the feet and when Nelson gets tired of that he’ll shoot for takedowns where he’ll wear down and control Herman.

Prediction – Roy “Big Country” Nelson by way of TKO

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Heavyweight Bout

Cain Velasquez vs. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva

Cain Velasquez (9-1) suffered the first and only loss of his career in his last bout against Junior Dos Santos losing his heavyweight belt in just 64 seconds. The only thing that fight proved about Velasquez is that anyone can get caught in an MMA fight. He still has a skill set that puts him right at the top of the heap in the heavyweight division. He has excellent hands and can grind anyone down in the clinch or on the mat.

Jumping right into the fire in his UFC debut is Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva (16-3). He made his name over in Strikeforce going 3-2 with the biggest win of his career coming against Fedor Emelianenko. Silva’s greatest advantage in the cage is his sheer size standing 6’4” and usually weighing north of 280 pounds on fight night. He has serviceable standup but he does his best damage in top position raining down ground and pound.

The biggest challenge Silva (+310) will face in this bout is his lack of athleticism. He showed in his last fight he has problems with fighters who are quick on their feet with the ability to get into striking range before he can react. Worst of all for Silva is that Velasquez (-400) is all those things with the addition of a never ending gas tank. Coming off his first loss expect to see the best Velasquez yet as he out works and out paces Silva.

Prediction – Cain Velasquez by way of knockout

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Heavyweight Championship Bout

Junior “Cigano” Dos Santos (Champion) vs. Frank Mir (Challenger)

A three time Knockout of the Night winner Junior “Cigano” Dos Santos (14-1) probably has the fastest hands in the heavyweight division. Of his fourteen victories eleven didn’t even make it out of the first round. Junior has a much underrated ground game that is only underrated because we never get to see it. He keeps fights standing by doing a lot of his work from the outside and having excellent takedown defense.

Frank Mir (16-5) keeps finding himself in opportunities to claim the heavyweight championship. He has gone 7-2 in his last nine fights with both losses coming in heavyweight title fights. He earned his way back to the top with a devastating submission victory over Antonio Nogueira and a little luck since Alistair Overeem failed a prefight drug test. Mir’s standup is ever improving but his real strength lies in his jiu-jitsu which is one of the best at heavyweight.

While Mir (+350) has excellent jiu-jitsu his weakness is getting the fight to the mat where he can use it. His three most recent submission victories came right after he got dropped or he dropped his opponent. So if he wants to get this fight down he is going to have to catch Junior (-550) on the chin. This will prove difficult as he will be content to stay on the outside, feed Mir an unhealthy dose of jabs and attack when he feels Mir is staggered. Mir has also shown he doesn’t have the greatest chin and Junior has made a career out of knocking people out.

Prediction – Junior “Cigano” Dos Santos by way of knockout

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UFC 145 Jones vs Evans Odds, Free Picks and Predictions – UFC 145 Vegas Odds and Lines

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Bantamweight Bout

Miguel Angel Torres vs. Michael “Mayday” McDonald

The former WEC Bantamweight Champion Miguel Angel Torres (40-4) is looking to get back to the form that won him 37 out of 38 fights. A tall and lanky fighter for 135 pounds Torres will use that reach advantage to keep opponents at bay and secure submissions on the ground. Only going the distance 8 times and finishing 23 fights by submission he is the kind of fighter always looking to finish.

Michael “Mayday” McDonald (14-1) finished his first seven fights all within the first minute of the bout. At only 21 years old he has remained busy since turning pro in 2007. He is 3-0 in the UFC and his most recent win came in a 56 second knockout of Alex Soto. McDonald has a big right hand and excellent counter punching.

It’s hard to deny that McDonald (-110) has a very bright future ahead of him. He is young and always looking to finish his opponents. He will do great things in the UFC but this step up in competition will be a little too much for McDonald. Torres (-120) will use his reach to stay away from McDonald’s big right hand and use his jiu-jitsu if he has too. There’s no evidence that McDonald has the wrestling prowess to smother Torres like has happened in the past so expect this one to stay upright.

Prediction – Miguel Angel Torres by way of unanimous decision

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Heavyweight Bout

Brendan “The Hybrid” Schaub vs. Ben Rothwell

After losing in The Ultimate Fighter finale Brendan “The Hybrid” Schaub (8-2) was looking like a top tier heavyweight until he ran into Antonio Nogueira. In his most recent bout he got brutally knocked out by the veteran Nogueira. While his chin was called into question his skills were not. He is a natural athlete with fast hands and knockout power.

Ben Rothwell (31-8) has recently struggled with consistency going 2-3 in his last five bouts. Another problem that plagues Rothwell is his cardio, gassing quickly in his last bout with Mark Hunt. When he is at his best is when he makes fights ugly grinding opponents against the cage and pulling them into brawls.

If Rothwell (+210) wants to win this fight he is going to have to test Schaub’s chin early. The longer this fight goes the longer Rothwell has to gas and for Schaub’s (-280) natural athleticism to take over. Expect Schaub to use his quickness to stay out of range while peppering shots until he finds a hole to exploit.

Prediction – Brendan “The Hybrid” Schaub by way of TKO

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Welterweight Bout

Rory MacDonald vs. “Beautiful” Che Mills

Rory MacDonald (12-1) is one of the many young prospects in the welterweight division. The only loss of his career came against now interim champ Carlos Condit. He has shown he is dangerous where ever the fight is taking place finishing five fights by knockout and six by submission. While one win against a big name could propel him to contention the UFC is satisfied with him staying with the middle of the pack for now.

“Beautiful” Che Mills (14-4, 1 NC) made his UFC debut in his most recent bout knocking out Chris Cope in just 40 seconds. Primarily known as a striker he has shown good timing in his standup evident by his knees and punches that put down Cope. Mills has shown he is vulnerable to jiu-jitsu having three of his four losses coming from submissions.

The UFC is hoping this is going to be a holdover fight. With the 170 pound division stacked with contenders they aren’t ready to throw MacDonald (-600) into that category yet so instead they throw him an opponent new to the UFC coming off a big victory. Unless Mills (+400) can catch MacDonald sleeping and land a big punch expect this fight to be academic.

Prediction – Rory MacDonald by way of TKO

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Light Heavyweight Title Bout

Jon “Bones” Jones (Champion) vs. “Suga” Rashad Evans (Challenger)

Dana White and the UFC are desperately trying to make Jon “Bones” Jones (15-1) the new face of the organization. We have still yet to see this kid truly tested in the octagon and he only seems to get better with every fight. His only loss came from a DQ in a bout he was utterly dominating. Jones will have a significant reach advantage against anyone at 205 which gives him an advantage on the feet and with his jiu-jitsu.

“Suga” Rashad Evans (17-1-1) is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Phil Davis that left a lot of fans grumbling. Even though Evans wasn’t able to finish the fight he still completely dominated every round rendering Davis pretty much useless. He is one of the fastest fighters at light heavyweight and has an explosive and well timed takedown.

With these two being former teammates and friends it has added fuel to the drama leading up to the fight. While they have been talking back and forth they are both professionals so don’t expect the antics outside the cage to influence what will happen when the bell finally rings. What will happen is that Evans (+300) is going to have a lot of problems getting into range where he will be able to do damage. The long reach of Jones (-500) will keep him on the outside where he can pick him apart with his unorthodox striking. Evans best hope at scoring will be his takedowns but don’t expect Jones to go down easily who also has an excellent wrestling base. Jones controls the location and tempo of this fight until he decides to attack and finish.

Prediction – Jon “Bones” Jones by way of submission

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UFC 144 Edgar vs Henderson Odds, Free Picks and Predictions – UFC 144 Betting Preview

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Heavyweight Bout

Mark “Super Samoan” Hunt vs. Cheick Kongo

Mark “Super Samoan” Hunt (7-7) hit a rough patch after starting 5-1. He went on to lose his next six bouts getting finished by submissions five times and knocked out once. Hunt is best known for his go for broke standup brawling style and almost always takes a tremendous amount of punishment in his fights. It’s his iron chin and always exciting fights that got him to the UFC where he has gone 2-1, winner of his last two.

Consistency has been an issue for Cheick Kongo (17-6-2) never having won more than four fights in a row. Since getting choked out by Frank Mir he has gone 3-0-1 with the draw coming against Travis Browne, Kongo had a point deducted for grabbing his shorts. In his fight with Pat Barry he showed composer and the ability to come back from bad spots. Kongo was badly hurt but was able to keep it together just long enough to land a huge punch that knocked Barry out cold.

While neither of these fighters are top tier heavyweights this fight is going to be lights out. Both of them will be head hunting from the start and it’s only a matter of time before someone connects. Hunt (NA) will do what he always does; wade through punches to get in tight enough to land his own. The difference maker in this bout is Kongo’s (NA) wrestling. While he’ll be content to stand and trade early look for him to eventually take the fight to the mat where Hunt is weakest. When it goes down Kongo will unleash vicious ground and pound.

Prediction – Cheick Kongo by way of TKO

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Light Heavyweight Bout

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Ryan “Darth” Bader

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (32-9) hasn’t been coming off a worse loss since “Shogun” Rua blitzed him at the Pride 2005 Grand Prix. The current 205 pound king Jon Jones picked him apart for the better part of four rounds before securing a rear naked choke to end the fight. Even though he was unable to hang with the champ he is still a threat in the 205 pound division. Rampage has knockout power in both hands and is a handful to take down even for the best wrestlers.

Ryan “Darth” Bader (13-2) shocked the world in the wrong way when he got choked out by Tito Ortiz in July of last year. He started out 12-0 getting handed his first loss against now champ Jon Jones. Bader was able to rebound after the Tito loss knocking out Jason Brilz in just 1:17. Bader was on the fast track to a title shot before getting derailed and that’s exactly where he is working to get to again.

Both these fighters have similar styles; they like to turn fights into boxing matches but have the ability to wrestle if they need to. Bader (+190) is more likely to use his wrestling offensively so expect a few shots from him. Taking down Jackson (-240) will prove difficult because they are so evenly matched strength wise. Jackson will keep this fight standing and eventually land a punch that hobbles Bader that will give him the opening he needs.

Prediction – Quinton “Rampage” Jackson by way of TKO

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Lightweight Championship Bout

Frankie “The Answer” Edgar (Champion) vs. Benson “Smooth” Henderson (Challenger)

Frankie “The Answer” Edgar’s (14-1-1) only loss came back in 2008 to Gray Maynard, a loss he avenged by knocking him out in their last matchup in October. He is a fighter that loves to use angles and quick hands to do damage before his opponent has time to counter. He is also excellent in sprawls where he will take advantage of small opening to better his position. With crisp boxing and an endless gas tank he pushes his opponents to their breaking points and capitalizes when they are tired.

Benson “Smooth” Henderson (15-2) has come back strong after taking a loss in his last WEC appearance. He has won all three of his fights under the UFC banner and has knocked off two number one contenders to get his shot at the belt. Most impressive was his destruction of Jim Miler. Miller was on a seven fight win streak and was widely considered the number one contender before getting smashed by Henderson. He is well versed in striking and grappling and is nearly impossible to submit.

This looks to be a war fought at a relentless pace. Edgar (-130) is always in peak physical condition come fight night and always looks to wear opponents down with his stamina. He is going to need to use all that speed and conditioning to get past Henderson (EV). Henderson uses all facets of MMA to beat down and frustrate his opponents. On top of that he has one of the most dangerous guillotines in the sport that he can slap on in an instant. This will be a back and forth war but when it’s all over the lightweight belt will have a new owner.

Prediction – Benson “Smooth” Henderson by way of unanimous decision

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UFC 143 Diaz vs Condit Odds, Free Picks and Predictions – UFC 143 Betting Preview

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Middleweight Bout

Ed “Short Fuse” Herman vs. Clifford Starks

After being on the shelf for over two years due to a knee injury Ed “Short Fuse” Herman (19-7) made an impressive 2011 return with two first round finishes. His first fight back he won in just 48 seconds in a TKO victory over Tim Credeur. Herman has decent standup but is most comfortable on the ground using strikes and threatening submissions.

Still new to MMA Clifford Starks (8-0) made his UFC debut in October of 2011 with a unanimous decision victory over Dustin Jacoby. He is a former Arizona State NCAA Division I wrestling team and uses that background heavily in the cage. Before his UFC debut he primarily fought in Rage in the Cage finishing four of his five fights.

Even though he was out for such a long period of time Herman (-300) made a statement in 2011 that he shouldn’t be forgotten. He is crafty on the ground and has a knack for finishing his opponents. Starks (+220) will also be facing a man that has far more cage experience then he does. Bettors can look for Herman to close the distance quickly, do work in the clinch and ultimately take the fight to the ground where he can lock in a submission.

Prediction – Ed “Short Fuse” Herman by way of submission

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Bantamweight Bout

Renan “Barao” Pegado vs. Scott “Young Guns” Jorgensen

With his only loss coming in his MMA debut Renan “Barao” Pegado (27-1, 1NC) has fought 28 straight times without being handed a loss. What makes Barao so special is his varied attack and the ability to finish fights where ever they take place winning thirteen by submissions and six by (T)KO. His most recent bout was a rear-naked choke victory inside of the first round against Brad Pickett.

Scott “Young Guns” Jorgensen (13-4) biggest enemy has been consistency never having strung together more than five victories. He has bounced back after losing a five round battle with current bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz by winning his next two. His greatest asset is his wrestling that he uses to control position and beat up on his opponents.

Speaking in terms of ways to win a fight Barao (-240) has a huge advantage. He is far more dynamic on the feet and has a slick jiu-jitsu game. The advantage that Jorgensen (+190) will possess is raw power. He has one punch knockout power and strong enough wrestling to bully his opponents. Even though Jorgensen has the advantage in power Barao is going to be too explosive and varied in his attack to do much with it. Barao continues his rise up the bantamweight ladder bringing him even closer to a shot at Dominick Cruz.

Prediction – Renan “Barao” Pegado by way of TKO

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Welterweight Bout

Josh “Kos” Koscheck vs. Mike Pierce

An alumnus of the first season of The Ultimate Fighter Josh “Kos” Koscheck (16-5) has spent almost his entire career under the UFC banner. He came back in dramatic fashion after he got steam rolled by Georges St-Pierre to knockout Matt Hughes with one second remaining in the first round. When he first entered MMA Koscheck was a one trick pony with his wrestling. Since then he has evolved his standup and now possess one punch knockout power.

Mike Pierce (13-4) is 4-1 in his last five bouts and has never been finished in his MMA career. Pierce does his best damage within the clinch using dirty boxing and elbows. He has shown he is susceptible to top tier wrestlers dropping fights to Jon Fitch and Johny Hendricks. He’ll need to clean up his takedown defense because it’s guaranteed Koscheck will eventually want to take this fight to the mat.

Koscheck (-240) wants to keep the momentum rolling of his big victory over Matt Hughes. With the future of GSP uncertain this may be the best opportunity for him to work his way back up the ladder and possibly to UFC gold. Make no mistake though, Pierce is a tough and scrappy fighter that will give his opponents fits if you let him hang around. Koscheck comes out aggressive with a good game plan and takes another step towards a title shot.

Prediction – Josh Koscheck by way of unanimous decision

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Heavyweight Bout

Roy “Big Country” Nelson vs. Fabricio “Vai Cavalo” Werdum

Roy “Big Country” Nelson (16-6) ended his two fight skid with a knockout of Mirko Cro Cop back in October. Nelson is a heavyweight that could most likely make 205 without too much trouble because he carries most of his weight in his midsection versus muscle mass. He has shown one punch knockout power with his right hand and has a very strong wrestling game with an ability to hold positions.

Fabricio “Vai Cavalo” Werdum (14-5-1) is the man that ended Fedor Emelianenko’s 28-fight unbeaten streak. With that being the high point of his career he followed it up with an uninspired, lackluster unanimous decision loss to Alistair Overeem. While he showed improved standup against Overeem he had no answer of how to get the fight to the ground where he is most dangerous. Of his fourteen wins eight have come by way of submission.

Even though Nelson (+115) has excellent wrestling he is going to want to keep this fight standing. Instead of using his wrestling to get the fight down he’ll use it defend the takedown and do damage inside the clinch. Werdum (-145) needs to avoid the big right hand and frustrate Big Country in standup exchanges. As Nelson tires look for him to take advantage and get the fight to the ground where he will attempt multiple submissions.

Prediction – Fabricio “Vai Cavalo” Werdum by way of submission

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Interim Welterweight Championship Bout

Nick Diaz vs “Natural Born Killer” Carlos Condit

Former Strikeforce Welterweight Champion Nick Diaz (26-7, 1NC) will now have the opportunity to add the UFC strap to his resume. Currently riding an eleven fight win streak Diaz has one of the most unique styles in MMA. Punches in bunches doesn’t even begin to describe the volume of strikes he throws. Only throwing punches at around 50% allows him to keep up his relentless pace mixing in body shots with blows to the head. He is just as dangerous on the mat being a black belt in jiu-jitsu under Cesar Gracie and has finished eight fights by submission.

“Natural Born Killer” Carlos Condit (27-5) held the WEC welterweight title for over a year before making the transition to the UFC. His first appearance in the octagon was his only loss in his last 13 fights. In this case the nickname truly does reflect the fighter with Condit going the distance only once in his 27 wins. Of the 26 that he finished he’s split right down the middle with 13 (T)KO and 13 submissions. His last three fights have earned him two Knockouts of The Night and the other a Fight of the Night. To say Condit is aggressive and explosive is a monumental understatement.

This bout has the potential to be Fight of the Year. Both these fighters don’t know the meaning of back down or ‘let’s tie up on the cage and take a quick breather’. This fight will be fought at a brutal pace from the first bell until someone is unconscious or tapping. Both of them are ridiculously well rounded and not afraid to eat a punch to land their own. The problem Condit (+160) will present for Diaz is that he is a better version of everyone he has recently faced. He won’t fade like Penn and has a bigger bag of tricks than Daley. Even with all that Diaz (-200) will still be too much. The sheer number of strikes he lands and his uncanny ability to frustrate his opponents will eventually chip away at Condit. Diaz’s iron chin will make sure he makes it into the deeper rounds where he will use his jiu-jitsu to become the interim champ.

Prediction – Nick Diaz by way of submission

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Middleweight Bout

Damian Maia vs. Chris “The All-American” Weidman

Starting his career 11-0 Damian Maia (15-3) is one of the best submission artists at 185. He has finished eight fights via tap out and has earned submission of the night four times. As of late he has lost that killer instinct with his last six fights all going to decision and going 4-3 in his last seven trips inside the octagon.

Chris “The All-American” Weidman (7-0) is a perfect 3-0 in his appearances in the octagon finishing his most recent opponent by d’arce choke. His fighting background is wrestling where he was a two time Division I All-American. While he has shown marked improvement in his standup he is most comfortable grappling and getting his opponents to the ground.

When two fighters with high level ground games meet in the cage it’s usually who can win the battle on the feet that takes the bout. Maia (+120) has shown improved standup but that isn’t saying much since it has looked very bad in the past. He has shown higher levels of aggression on the feet but he still has a long way to go with his technique. What Weidman (-150) has going for him is he is still relatively new to the sport and gets better every time he steps into the cage. Expect to see the best Weidman yet as he beats Maia to the punch and is able to control his jiu-jitsu with his position control.

Prediction – Chris “The All-American” Weidman by way of unanimous decision

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Middleweight Bout

Chael Sonnen vs. Michael “The Count” Bisping

Chael Sonnen (26-11-1) spent over a year away from the UFC before his return in October of 2011. In his return fight be submitted Brian Stann by arm triangle choke in the second round. Sonnen may be the best wrestler at 185 with an uncanny ability to control his opponents on the ground while keeping busy enough to keep the fight there.

Michael “The Count” Bisping (22-3) has only been stopped once in his career getting viciously knocked out by Dan Henderson. He likes to use a stick and move strategy. He uses his hand speed to pepper in a few shots and slip out of the pocket before his opponent has an opportunity to land. He has also shown good wrestling as he is usually able to get fighters to the mat and land ground and pound.

Bisping’s (+360) success in this fight will be determined by whether or not he can stay on his feet. Even though he has serviceable wrestling he has never faced anyone on the level of Sonnen (-450). Cardio wont’ be a problem for Bisping as he always comes into fights with excellent conditioning. The problem he will face is Sonnen’s constant pressure and relentless pursuit of takedowns. Sonnen is notoriously weak against submissions but Bisping hasn’t shown aptitude towards the sub never having pulled one off in the UFC. Once Sonnen scores a takedown expect to see the fight stay there while he rains down punches and elbows.

Prediction – Chael Sonnen by way of TKO

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Light Heavyweight Bout

“Suga” Rashad Evans vs. Phil “Mr. Wonderful” Davis

“Suga” Rashad Evans (21-1-1) was the season 2 The Ultimate Fighter winner at heavyweight and is a former UFC Light Heavyweight champion. Evans uses his speed as his greatest ally moving in and out and exploding into takedowns. He earned the opportunity to fight for the title again after beating Quinton Jackson in May of 2010 but was sidelined due to an untimely injury. After a year layoff he made an impressive return with a second round TKO victory over Tito Ortiz.

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Phil “Mr. Wonderful” Davis (9-0) made his MMA debut in 2008 and after only four victories made his way into the UFC. He has shot up the UFC light heavyweight ladder with victories over Brian Stann and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. While he has serviceable standup he more uses it to close the distance and work his clinch game. When he does get the fight to the ground he’s not content to just keep it there and will work to improve position and finish the fight.

Both of these fighters have an excellent base in wrestling even though Evans (-165) has always been a relatively small light heavyweight. They are going to have problems taking each other down so whoever can take control of the standup will be able to control the fight. While Davis (+135) has shown good standup he lacks the speed and one punch knockout power of Evans. Evans will control the pace of the fight and score takedowns late when he has worn down Davis.

Prediction – “Suga” Rashad Evans by way of unanimous decision

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Lightweight Bout

Edson “Junior” Barboza vs. Terry Etim

Edison “Junior” Barboza (9-0) will be putting his perfect record on the line when he steps into the cage. He finished his first seven fights winning six by (T)KO and one by submission with only two of those fights exiting the first round. His last two bouts with Ross Pearson and Anthony Njokuani earned the Brazilian Fight of the Night honors.

After being shelved for 18 months due to an injury Terry Etim (15-3) made an impressive return to the octagon with a 17 second submission win over Edward Faaloloto. Since his arrival to the UFC in 2007 he has gone 6-3 and won Submission of the Night honors four times. Before entering the UFC he was a perfect 9-0 finishing every one of his opponents, eight by submission and one by knockout.

This is a fight between two young, well-rounded up and comers in the UFC. While Barboza (-270) has been a beast in most of his fights it was evident by his last two that if his timing and rhythm get thrown off he can have problems. It is Etim’s (+210) job to keep him off schedule and avoid the big power of Barboza. On top of that Etim’s best chance at winning this fight is closing the distance to clinch up and get this bout to the mat where he can use his top shelf jiu-jitsu. That will be dangerous because he’ll have to wade through Barboza’s wheelhouse to get there. This bout stays on the feet where Barboza beats him up and looks to finish when the opportunity presents itself.

Prediction – Edson “Junior” Barboza by way of TKO

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Welterweight Bout

Erick Silva vs. Carlo “Neo” Prater

This will be the second time Erick Silva (13-1, 1NC) will step into the octagon with his first being a knockout victory in just 40 seconds against Luis Ramos. He has shown well rounded skills outside the UFC winning seven fights by submission and three by (T)KO. Silva is also the inaugural Jungle Fight Welterweight Champion winning it in October of 2010.

A veteran of 40 MMA fights Carlo “Neo” Prater (29-10-1) will be making his UFC debut. Prater is currently riding a four fight win streak where he finished all four by way of submission. His obvious strength is the ground game finishing 16 fights by submission.

The greatest threat that Silva (-485) will face is if this fight hits the mat. If he is able to keep the fight standing Prater (+395) will have a hard time weathering the superior standup of Silva. Prater will make it a tough, competitive fight but in the end Silva’s striking and reach advantage will be too much to overcome.

Prediction – Erick Silva by way of unanimous decision

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Rousimar “Toquinho” Palhares vs. Mike “The Master of Disaster” Massenzio

Rousimar “Toquinho” Palhares (13-3) is as much known for his devastating heel hooks as he is for his unusual behavior inside the cage. In his fight with Nate Marquardt he turned to the referee to complain about greasing and got TKOed for his trouble. In his most recent battle against Dan Miller he had him badly hurt on the ground and decided to celebrate before the ref stopped the fight. He went on to win a unanimous decision but made the bout much harder on himself.

Recently Mike “The Master of Disaster” Massenzio (13-5) has had problems with consistency dropping four of his last seven. His problems have mainly come inside the UFC going 2-3 having been finished twice. Massenzio comes from a strong wrestling background which he supports with solid jiu-jitsu.

If Massenzio (+375) wants to win this fight he is going to have to drag Palhares into deep waters. Palhares (-475) has shown before that in later rounds he begins to fade. This means Massenzio is going to have to weather an early onslaught and still have enough left to finish the fight late. But the more likely scenario is that Palhares comes out fast and finishes fast.

Prediction – Rousimar “Toquinho” Palhares by way of TKO

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Middleweight Bout

“The Phenom” Vitor Belfort vs. Anthony “Rumble” Johnson

“The Phenom” Vitor Belfort (20-9) has been a staple of MMA since 1996. He is the former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and also held that belt in Affliction before it dissolved. Since his drop to middleweight he has gone 4-1 with his only loss coming to the current 185 pound champ Anderson Silva. He is known for the blistering speed he has in his hands which also come equipped with one punch knockout power.

Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (10-3) is coming off a first round Knockout of the Night performance against Charlie Brenneman. This will be his debut at middleweight, a much better fit for his frame then welterweight. While he likes to stand and trade his true strength is in his wrestling coupled with the ability to control position.

This fight will be decided by who can keep the fight where they are most comfortable. Even though Johnson (EV) will have the reach advantage he’s going to be in danger whenever the fight is on its feet. What he should do is bully Belfort (-130) against the cage and use clinch work to wear him down and score takedowns where he can. It will be Belfort job to blitz in with strikes and get out of arms reach before Johnson can grab a hold of him. With the extra 15 pounds Johnson will be the strongest he’s ever been inside the cage.

Prediction – Anthony “Rumble” Johnson by way of unanimous decision

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Featherweight Championship Bout

Jose “Junior” Aldo (Champion) vs. Chad “Money” Mendes (Challenger)

Riding a thirteen fight win streak champion Jose “Junior” Aldo (20-1) has shown time and again why he deserves to be mentioned with the very best pound for pound fighters in the world. He was the last WEC featherweight champion and is the first in the UFC. Aldo uses precise striking with a mix of wild techniques that keep his opponents off balance it terms of timing.

Chad “Money” Mendes (12-0) boasts a perfect record in MMA and has won his last four bouts by way of unanimous decision. While he has shown improved standup his modus operandi is still to use strikes to set up takedowns. In his previous bouts his opponents have had a hard time keeping the fight standing because of Mendes’ superior wrestling.

This fight is going to remind people why Aldo is so highly ranked among all the fighters in the world. Everyone got spoiled by his WEC domination so two unanimous decision victories in a row looks rather lackluster. Aldo (-240) is going to impose his will on the feet and defend the takedowns of Mendes. If Urijah Faber wasn’t able to get Aldo to the mat then Mendes (+190) is going to have troubles. Even if the fight goes to the ground Aldo has the jiu-jitsu skills to neutralize Mendes. Bettors can be confident that Aldo is ready to defend the takedowns and assert himself with striking.

Prediction – Jose “Junior” Aldo by way of TKO

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UFC 140 Jones vs Machida Odds, Free Picks and Predictions

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Featherweight Bout

Mark “The Machine” Hominick vs. “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung

Mark “The Machine” Hominick (20-9) was on a five fight win streak before suffering his most recent loss to current featherweight king Jose Aldo. He is a fighter that likes to keep bouts standing so he can utilize his outstanding boxing. An excellent finisher Hominick has won nine fights by (T)KO and seven by way of submission.

“The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung (11-3) is a fighter that loves to stand and bang but possesses a top shelf jiu-jitsu game. Jung started his career 9-0 and has since gone 2-3 with two of his losses coming inside the WEC. One of those losses came against Leonard Garcia in one of the closest and most exciting stand up battles in MMA history. Jung later avenged that loss within the UFC by tapping out Garcia with a twister.

If Jung (+360) abandons his jiu-jitsu to turn this bout into a stand up war it could be a short night for him. While he has shown a tremendous chin in all his fights he is still human and it got proven when he was knocked out 1:30 into the second round by George Roop. Roop is a common opponent for these two fighters and Hominick (-450) won via TKO just 1:28 into the first. Look for Hominick to avoid the mat like the plaque and beat up Jung with his boxing.

Prediction – Mark “The Machine” Hominick by way of TKO

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Welterweight Bout

Claude “The Prince” Patrick vs. Brian “Bad Boy” Ebersole

With his only loss coming in his second professional fight Claude “The Prince” Patrick (14-1) is riding a thirteen fight win streak. Patrick is a tap out specialist racking up nine wins by submission, six of those by guillotine choke. He has fought three times in the UFC and is 3-0 going the distance twice.

Brian “Bad Boy” Ebersole (48-14-1, 1NC) is a veteran of MMA with a wealth of experience and an iron chin having never been knocked out in his career. With all those fights its surprising Ebersole has only fought twice in the UFC. His last bout showcased his excellent ground and pound crushing Dennis Hallman with punches and elbows.

Even though Ebersole (-130) has a very good ground game he is going to want to avoid it in this fight. He will have much more success on the feet where Patrick (EV) will be forced to strike and not work his submissions. Ebersole has lost nine fights by submission so expect him to shy away from takedown attempts and try to turn the fight into a boxing match.

Prediction – Brian “Bad Boy” Ebersole by way of unanimous decision

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Light Heavyweight Bout

“The People’s Champ” Tito Ortiz vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira

Once one of the best at 205 “The People’s Champ” Tito Ortiz (16-9-1) has won only once in his last seven bouts. His most recent loss came to Rashad Evens in a fight where he was clearly physically dominated. When in his prime Ortiz was a bully, slamming guys to the ground and finishing with vicious ground and pound. Even though he has obviously slowed down a step he still has the skills to win fights.

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Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (19-5) was on a seven fight win streak before dropping his last two fights. He came very close to being a three fight slide as he narrowly won a split decision against Jason Brilz in May of 2010. In that fight he was controlled on the ground by Brilz and never got the opportunity to let his hands go.

In this fight Ortiz (+180) should implement the same strategy as Brilz. The primary difference is if Ortiz gets the fight down he has the skills to do much more damage than Brilz which was the primary reason he lost the fight. While Nogueira (-230) has excellent jiu-jitsu he hasn’t been able to secure a submission victory since 2009. He will be prepared to defend the takedown and the difference maker in this fight will be the superior striking of Nogueira.

Prediction – Antonio Rogerio Nogueira by way of unanimous decision

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Heavyweight Bout

Frank Mir vs. Minotauro Nogueira

Frank Mir (15-5) started out as a jiu-jitsu standout at heavyweight and has evolved his game to include very technical standup as well. His last two victories have come in impressive fashion knocking out Mirko Cro Cop and controlling Roy Nelson for fifteen minutes on his way to a unanimous decision. Mir is a guy that is constantly looking for ways to improve his game so expect him to be ready for this rematch.

Minotauro Nogueira (33-6-1, 1NC) is a legend of MMA having fought the who’s who list of world class fighters. He uses his heavy hands and iron chin to trade on the feet but his biggest strength is on the mat. Twenty times he has ended fights with submissions and is widely considered one of the best heavyweight jiu-jitsu practitioners.

This is a rematch from December of 2008 where Mir handed Nogueira his first loss by TKO of his career. Expect Mir (-250) to come out with the same strategy as the first fight; keep the fight on the feet and use angles and distance to keep Nogueira confused. While Mir has top shelf jiu-jitsu he will still avoid the guard of Nogueira (+190). If this fight stays standing, and it will, it will play out exactly like the first time these two fought.

Prediction – Frank Mir by way of TKO

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Light Heavyweight Championship Bout

Jon “Bones” Jones (Champion) vs. Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida (Challanger)

Jon “Bones” Jones (14-1) is looking as unstoppable as any fighter in MMA. In his first title defense after winning the belt from Shogun Rua he systematically destroyed Quinton Jackson. He uses a unique blend of unorthodox striking and overpowering wrestling to thoroughly dominate his opponents. At only 24 years old he is looking like he could reign over the 205 pound division for a long time.

Another man who looked unstoppable was Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida (17-2) until he ran into Shogun Rua. Before Shogun no one was able to figure out his unusual karate striking. He uses quick movements to close the distance and exit before his opponent has time to counter. Preferring to stay on the outside and land longer distance shots he keeps his opponents guessing on timing and distance.

This is a very interesting fight with Jones looking so dominant and Machida trying to return to his old form. Machida (+370) will have problems implementing his usual strategy in this fight. The length of Jones (-470) won’t allow Machida to just hang out on the outside and dart in to land shots. Another factor for Machida will be the wrestling of Jones. If Machida darts in and ends up in the clinch you can bet Jones will be dropping for a takedown. At some point this fight goes to the ground and Jones ground and pounds his way to a second title defense.

Prediction – Jon “Bones” Jones by way of TKO

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Light Heavyweight Bout

“American Psycho” Stephan Bonnar vs. Kyle “Kingsbu” Kingsbury

As a member of the original Ultimate Fighter show “American Psycho” Stephan Bonnar (13-7) has spent the majority of his career inside of the UFC. Consistency has been a problem for Bonnar never being able to string together more than three wins in a row. He is as tough of a fighter as there is only being finished twice and both by cuts. Bonnar combines his scrappy boxing with excellent jiu-jitsu to keep his opponents on their heels.

Kyle “Kingsbu” Kingsbury (11-2, 1NC) is riding a four fight win streak entering this bout. He lost in his octagon debut against Tom Lawler and has since been steadily improving his game having not lost since then and earning Fight of the Night honors twice. Kingsbury is a former defensive tackle for Arizona State University showing that he poses natural athleticism. He also shows explosiveness inside the cage ending four of his fights in less than 30 seconds.

 This fight is going to show just how far Kingsbury (-140) has come, for better or worse. Bonnar’s (+110) lack of consistency has kept him from moving up the 205 ladder and as a result has kept him in the status of stepping stone. With this being the biggest fight of Kingsbury’s career against mid-level talent expect him to pass this test.  He will use his superior athleticism and wrestling to control Bonnar on his way to victory.

Prediction – Kyle “Kingsbu” Kingsbury by way of unanimous decision

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Welterweight Bout

Martin “The Hitman” Kampmann vs. Rick “The Horror” Story

Martin “The Hitman” Kampmann (17-5) has had a string of bad luck his last two fights losing by very close decisions. His most recent loss came to Diego Sanchez and earned him Fight of the Night. Kampmann is a fighter that prefers to stand using his slick kickboxing skills. He also has a very serviceable ground game ending six fights by submission.

Rick “The Horry” Story’s (13-4) route to a title shot got derailed in his last bout which he had no business losing. Fill in Charlie Brenneman was not only able to land good shots on the feet but he also dominated Story at his own game, wrestling. Before the loss Story had put together an impressive six fight win streak including a decision victory over the always dangerous Thiago Alves.

Where this bout takes place is most likely going to determine the winner. While Story (-130) has a nice standup game he is much more comfortable on the mat. On the feet the advantage goes to Kampmann (EV). Finishing seven fights by knockout has shown his quickness and power. The biggest factor for Story is the fact that he just lost a fight that should have never been close and he will be highly motivated to erase that from his mind. Story will wrestle his way to victory.

Prediction – Rick “The Horry” Story by way of unanimous decision

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Bantamweight Bout

“The California Kid” Urijah Faber vs. Brian Bowles

“The California Kid” Urijah Faber (25-5) has been fighting for or defending a title in ten of his last fourteen bouts only losing to the best MMA has to offer.  He has shown he has the ability to end fights anywhere with seven wins by (T)KO and thirteen by way of submission.  Faber hasn’t lost a fight where a belt wasn’t involved since 2005. He is a fighter that likes to wear his opponents down with a relentless pace and strong grappling.

Being sidelined with injuries Brian Bowles (10-1) has only been able to fight four times since 2008. When Bowles is at his best he utilizes powerful standup with strong wrestling to quickly dispatch his opponents evident by him only going to distance once in his career. His only loss came in a bantamweight championship bout against one of the best fighters in the world Dominick Cruz.

Even though Bowles (+180) is among the top five at bantamweight he is going to have problems with the speed and strength of Faber. Faber (-230) is a native of 145 so the cut down grants him a size and power advantage over most fighters. Faber will do what he always does, quickly closing the distance, landing strikes on the way in and rely heavily on his grappling and top control to secure a finish.

Prediction – “The California Kid” Urijah Faber by way of submission

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Middleweight Bout

“The Axe Murderer” Wanderlei Silva vs. Cung Le

Besides having the best nickname in MMA history “The Axe Murderer” Wanderlei Silva (34-11-1, 1NC) has been one of the most intimidating figures in all of sports. Unfortunately Silva is on the tail end of his career and it’s been a rough round since his Pride days. Since entering the UFC he has gone 2-4, was knocked out in 27 seconds in his most recent bout and made a drop down to middleweight. While he still has one punch knockout power his chin has betrayed him late in his career.

Making his UFC debut and his first fight since June of 2010 Cung Le (7-1) is one of the most creative kickers in all of MMA. Le has finished all of his victories by (T)KO and is the former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion. His only loss came against heavy handed Scott Smith which he lost by KO. His recent hiatus away from the ring was due to Le pursuing his acting career.

Silva’s (+110) career is coming to a close and he knows it. He will utilize this factor to push him to be in the best shape he can possibly be in for this fight. In the past cardio has been an issue for Le (-140) and the extended amount of time away from the octagon will only make it worse. As long as Silva doesn’t rush in and get knocked out early he will look to drag this fight into deeper waters and remind the world why he’s known as The Axe Murderer.

Prediction – “The Axe Murderer” Wanderlei Silva by way of TKO

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Light Heavyweight Bout

Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Dan “Hendo” Henderson

Coming off a fight where he avenged a previous loss Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (20-5) was able to come back after the devastating loss of his light heavyweight belt. Rua was able to defeat Forrest Griffin, the man that beat him in his UFC debut, in less than two minutes with a right hook followed by vicious hammer fists. No stranger to the knockout Rua has finished seventeen of his twenty victories by (T)KO. He uses an ultra aggressive style of muay thai to keep his opponents backpedaling and chops them down with leg kicks.

Dan “Hendo” Henderson (28-8) has been on a tear as of late winning six out of seven with one of those wins coming over Fedor Emelianenko. Henderson compliments his Olympic caliber Greco-Roman wrestling with an iron chin and a bomb for a right hand. His last three fights he has finished by (T)KO and in his bout with Rafael Cavalcante won the Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Championship. Henderson also carries with him the impressive fact that he has never been knocked out in his career.

Henderson (+110) believes that if anyone stands with him for too long he will eventually catch his opponent with his right hand that has knocked out so many people in his career. In this bout it would be more to his advantage to get this fight to the mat. Even though Henderson possesses one of the best chins in MMA Rua (-140) is a knockout artist. He’s made a career of knocking people silly and if Henderson gets to comfortable on the feet the same will happen to him. Rua has shown he doesn’t fight off takedowns well and instead concedes them and goes to work with his submissions. Look for Henderson to attempt takedowns early and often, completing most, only to walk into a big punch by Rua late.

Prediction – Mauricio “Shogun” Rua by way of TKO

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For the first time ever the UFC will come to the masses for free on Fox. The headliner of this event may be one of the most anticipated and difficult to call in the history of the UFC. Before looking at the main event there are also some very good matches in the preliminaries that could show us a new top contender in the lightweight division and a rapidly rising star at featherweight.

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Featherweight Bout

Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier vs. Pablo “The Scarecrow” Garza

Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier (10-1) finished all seven fights to start his career before suffering his first and only loss to Danny Castillo via unanimous decision. He has fought twice within the UFC winning both by unanimous decision. Those three fights are the only times Poirier has gone the distance finishing five fights by (T)KO and three by submission. He mixes his hard hitting standup with excellent jiu-jitsu that has helped him become well versed in submission defense.

Winning his first two matches within the UFC with the word flying in the technique Pablo “The Scarecrow” Garza (11-1) is quickly becoming one of the most exciting fighters to watch. His UFC debut was over in 51 seconds winning by a flying knee knockout. He followed this impressive performance with a submission victory over Yves Jabouin by flying triangle choke.  With those two victories he became the first man to fight, knockout and submit someone in the UFC at 145 pounds.

This bout promises to bring high intensity and skill into each facet of the fight. Both these competitors have shown the ability to finish fights at any moment and dominate in any position. Poirier (-325) is going to look to impose his will on the feet and launch a full body assault. While Garza (+245) does have very nice standup his strength lies in his jiu-jitsu. It will up to Garza to close the distance and get this fight to the mat where he is in far less danger and can work his submissions. Look for Garza to mix up his strikes, takedowns and submission attempts to keep Poirier off balance enough to win this fight.

Prediction – Pablo “The Scarecrow” Garza by way of unanimous decision

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Lightweight Bout

Clay “The Carpenter” Guida vs. Ben “Smooth” Henderson

Clay “The Carpenter” Guida (29-11) is coming of the biggest win of his MMA career with a unanimous decision victory over Anthony Pettis. Guida is the definition of cardio machine which he uses to constantly pressure his opponents and drag them into fights at a relentless pace. He has heavy hands on the feet but the strongest part of his game is wrestling. Guida uses it to stifle any kind of rhythm his opponent is trying to get into and keeps them constantly uncomfortable and on their heels.

Another fighter coming off of the biggest win of his career is Ben “Smooth” Henderson (14-2). Snapping the seven fight win streak of Jim Miller and laying waste to the former number one contender will give Henderson massive amounts of confidence entering this fight. He is a unique talent inside the cage being able to effectively utilize all areas of MMA. In his victory over Jim Miller he used takedowns, ground and pound and submission defense like he was in the gym training. His calm only adds to how dangerous Henderson can be.

With the possibility of fighting for the lightweight belt looming over this fight you can bet both these men will show up with their A game. Guida (+200) is going to come into this bout and do what he always does, push the pace and capitalize on his opponents mistakes. The problem he will face is Henderson (-260) has the talent to match that pace and has virtually no glaring holes in his game. Guida’s biggest asset is that he is able to outwork people. Henderson will match his pace and exploit openings in Guida’s standup that he has shown in previous fights. Guida will be able to score a few takedowns but won’t be able to capitalize given Henderson’s high level ground skills.

Prediction – Ben “Smooth” Henderson by way of unanimous decision

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Heavyweight Championship Bout

Cain Velasquez (Champion) vs. Junior “Cigano” Dos Santos (Challenger)

The last time Cain Velasquez (9-0) fought was back in October of 2010 where he completely dismantled then heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar. Cain dominated every area of the fight from striking to wrestling on his way to a first round TKO. He has spent most of his career inside the UFC only having two fights outside of the organization. In the seven fights inside the octagon he finished six of those by (T)KO. Cain’s best attribute is his wrestling which comes from training the sport since high school. The biggest question about his game use to be his striking. He immediately put that to rest with a first round knockout of Antonio Nogueira. Cain is an all around excellent fighter who can finish fights anywhere.

Speed is what Junior “Cigano” Dos Santos (13-1) kills with having some of the fastest hands in the heavyweight division. The only blemish on his record came back in November of 2007 in an organization outside of the UFC. Since entering the octagon he is 7-0 finishing four fights by (T)KO and one by submission. Even though Junior has a very good submission game it isn’t often showcased because of how good he is on the feet. In his most recent bout he was able to out strike heavyweight bomber Shane Carwin with crisp and quick boxing.

This is the kind of fight that UFC fans have been waiting for at the heavyweight division. This fight has the potential to be a five round classic or ended within the first minute with a big punch. Junior (+135) is going to be using pretty much the same strategy he used against Carwin. He effectively kept at a distance using his jab, flurried only when he felt there was a big opening and scored takedowns to seal his victory. On the other side Cain (-165) will be pressing forward with power punches and look to bring the fight down and land his vicious ground and pound. If either one of these guys lands flush it could be a short night. More realistically Cain will land on the feet opening up opportunities for takedowns that he will capitalize on. Cain’s superior wrestling gets him the win in his first title defense.

Prediction – Cain Velasquez by way of TKO

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