BROCK LESNAR VS SHANE CARWIN
PREDICTION: Carwin (TKO round 1)
Hell yea I’m getting ballsy with this prediction. Lesnar is a physical freak. To be that big, that athletic, and that dangerous is just scary (so is the sword tattoo on his chest). However, he’s only been in 5 fights in his MMA career and never faced anyone like Carwin. Shane is very similar to Brock in that he has a wrestling background and is physically imposing. Not only that, Lesnar has been out an entire year. As gifted as he may be, there are too many questions surrounding Lesnar in this fight for me to give it to him.
YOSHIRO AKIYAMA VS CHRIS LEBEN
PREDICTION: Sexyama (submission, round 3)
How the hell Chris Leben is fighting tonight is beyond me. 2 weeks ago he was in a battle against Aaron Simpson that lasted a full 2 rounds. The dude is tough, but Akiyama aka Sexyama (side note: greatest nickname ever) has been waiting to fight for almost a year now. Leben is a banger and has heavy hands, but Akiyama’s chin is pretty tough and he’s the more technical fighter. Leben’s defense on the ground is pretty weak too, although it takes some effort to get him down. If this goes to the ground, Sexyama is submitting him.
CHRIS LYTLE VS MATT BROWN
PREDICTION: Lytle (decision, unanimous)
A lot of fighters like to say they want to put on a fight for the fans. Chris Lytle means it. In his last 9 fights, he’s won an award in 7 of those fights (submission, knockout, or fight of the night). Matt Brown is no slouch either as he likes to stand and bang much like Lytle. However, Lytle just has so much more in his repertoire and can take advantage of Brown’s weak ground defense. Only way Brown wins this is if Lytle gets too caught up in making this a slugfest.
KRZYSZTOF SOSZYNSKI VS STEPHAN BONNAR
PREDICTION: Soszynski (TKO, round 2)
These two already battled in their last fight, but an unintentional head butt caused a cut on Bonnar that lead to a doctor’s stoppage for Soszynski. Let’s not act like Bonnar would have won otherwise, he was clearly down heading into the third round and had to make up serious ground. Bonnar just lacks the ability to control fights and falls victim to letting his opponents dictate the fight. It also doesn’t help he hasn’t won a fight in 3 years. Soszynski has been on a roll while in the UFC and I don’t see that stopping any time soon.
GEORGE SOTIROPOULOS VS KURT PELLEGRINO
PREDICTION: Pellegrino (submission, round 3)
The dude with the craziest last name in UFC versus a man who goes by the name of Batman. This one’s really up in the air as Sotiropoulos likes to stalk his opponents waiting for an opening and Pellegrino having an all or nothing approach. Sotiroopoulos will look to get Kurt on the ground to submit him while Batman will look to go crazy and wobble his Australian opponent. I normally don’t go with the high energy guy because of how prone they are to mistakes, but how can you go against Batman?