|UFC 100 Predictions and other MMA news
By Matthew Degonzaque, DoghouseBoxing (July 11, 2009)
This Saturday is a landmark event for MMA. The #1 fight promotion in the world, the UFC, is going to have their number “100” card. The card has some good fights and the event should not be missed. The card is sold out, so the only way you can get this one is one PPV. Make sure you don’t miss it!!!
UFC Welterweight Championship: Georges St. Pierre (18-2) vs. Thiago Alves (16-3): I think this is going to be the closest fight of the card and it truly deserves to be the main event because, unlike Mir
and Lesnar, GSP and Thiago Alves are the two best welterweights in the world. Both guys are extremely well rounded and it’s tough for me to make a prediction. I think Alves has the better striking and has shown it in the past with his dominating wins over Karo Parisyan, Matt Hughes and Josh Koscheck. GSP is no slouch in the stand up, but he can be knocked out. Alves is vulnerable on the ground and has shown that in the past, while GSP’s strongest game appears to be the ground game. Alves has good takedown defense though and not even great wrestlers like Josh Koscheck and Matt Hughes could put him on the ground. The fight could really go either way, but I’m guessing Alves catches GSP with something in the middle of the fight and wins the fight.
Thiago Alves defeats GSP.
UFC Heavyweight Championship Unification: Brock Lesnar (3-1) vs. Frank Mir (12-3): I’ve always considered Mir to be an overrated fighter. He was on the verge of losing to Lesnar the last time they fought and he defeated Minotauro Nogueira on the worst night of the Brazilian’s career, he was coming off of being hospitalized by staph infection. The only reason he defeated Lesnar last time was because the referee pulled them apart when Lesnar fouled Mir the first time, instead of giving him a warning. Lesnar will be to fast, to strong and to smart for Mir this time.
Lesnar stops Mir in the 1st round.
Dan Henderson (24-7) vs. Michael Bisping (17-1): Henderson is one of the few remaining living legends of the sport who is still fighting and still considered a top fighter. He has defeated some of the best fighter’s in the game like Wanderlei Silva, Rich Franklin, Minotauro Nogueira, Vitor Belfort, Murilo Bustamante and Kazuo Misaki. If he fights the right fight then he should be able to defeat Bisping convincingly. Henderson should be looking to eat Bisping alive in the clinch and continuously take him down and pound him out. He needs to stay all over Bisping and not give him the chance to breathe. If Henderson decides to go head hunting (like he has tried in the past) on Bisping, then he gives the Brit a chance to win. Bisping isn’t an elite fighter, yet, but he has shown in the past that he can stick and move and defeat opponents that way. But Bisping has never faced an elite fighter like Henderson and his biggest wins, which didn’t come easy, are against Elvis Sinosic and Chris Leben.
I think Henderson fights the smart fight and defeats Bisping by decision.
Jon Fitch (18-3) vs. Paulo Thiago (11-0): Fitch is one of the top 3 or 4 best Welterweights in MMA right now. Thiago has only had one fight in the UFC, but it was an impressive knockout victory over Fitch’s teammate Josh Koscheck. Thiago is a primarily a BJJ player, but showed against Koscheck that he can throw big shots if he needs to. One of two things or going to happen in this fight: Either Fitch is going to grind out a decision with his wrestling, or Thiago catches Fitch with something and KO’s him.
I’m calling the latter in an upset: Paulo Thiago by KO in the 2nd.
Yoshiro Akiyama (12-1) vs. Alan Belcher (14-5): Akiyama is supposed to be the UFC’s new big signing, but personally I just don’t see what the big deal is. He has spent the majority of his time fighting easy opponents in K1, his biggest victory is over Denis Kang and he has never fought a top fighter before. Belcher isn’t a great fighter either, but he has at least defeated respectable opposition in the UFC like Jorge Santiago, Ed Herman, Kalib Starnes and submitted Kang last January. Belcher is supposed to be an easy victory for Akiyama, but I think Belcher manages to pull off the upset victory.
Belcher stops Akiyama in the 2nd or 3rd round.
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