Huge UFC Card on Fox Saturday night. You have got to love Pay-Per-View Quality fights being broadcast free on basic cable. I am going to say a little about each fight/fighter on the main card and then make a prediction.
First, a quick note to the UFC: Fans love the UFC on Fox, it is a huge step for the sport, and will clearly put millions of fresh eyes on what has become the fastest growing sport in America, Mixed Martial Arts. However, the UFC on Fox badly needs it’s own theme music and jingles during the broadcasts. You need to talk the Fox executives out of using the NFL on Fox music, because every time I hear it, I think Terry Bradshaw and Howie Long are going to pop up and tell me why they like the Cardinals to beat the Seahawks. Time to hire some new composers and differentiate yourselves from the NFL. On to the fights:
Demian Maia (16-3) vs Chris Weidman (7-0): In what should be the first of three great fights on the main card, dangerous veteran Brazilian Demian Maia takes on undefeated newcomer Chris Weidman from Long Island, NY. Maia is an expert in Jiu-Jitsu while Weidman is an experienced wrestler, so expect this one to go to the ground early and stay there. I expect Weidman to look for takedowns, and once taken down, Maia will look to submit Weidman off of his back. In this case, and in somewhat of an upset, I see the wrestler winning out with a takedown and ground and pound. My pick: Weidman
Michael Bisping (22-3) vs Chael Sonnen (26-11): It’s the Cocky Brit against the Loud Mouth American in what should be an exciting middleweight battle. I’ve always rooted against Bisping, and when he was knocked out by Dan Henderson’s overhand right at UFC 100, I considered it a victory for America over the Redcoats. Bisping can talk, but backs it up, and he has to be respected for his in ring ability. He is coming off a dominating performance against Jason “Mayhem” Miller, in which he beat Miller relentlessly, winning his 4th fight in a row. Bisping has only lost to Rashad Evans, Wanderlei Silva and Dan Henderson in his career, three of the greatest and most respected champions we have seen in the modern history of the sport. Sonnen on the other hand is a champion wrestler, who won his last fight against Brian Stann in his return to the UFC, following a years suspension after failing a performance enhancing drug test. The brash Sonnen will try to take down the well rounded Bisping early, and I think he will succeed, as a highly motivated Sonnen wants to prove to everyone getting caught in a triangle by Champion Anderson Silva in a fight he dominated for nearly three rounds was a fluke. The American by submission. My Pick: Sonnen
Phil Davis (7-0) vs Rashad Evans (16-1-1): In the main event of the evening, two stars with wrestling backgrounds and just one loss between them meet as undefeated Phil Davis takes on former Lightweight champion Rashad Evans. This is a tough fight to pick, Davis is a physical specimen, but he is coming off of a serious knee injury, and has not competed in the UFC since late March. Evans on the other hand is a veteran who has won some huge fights in his career, his only loss coming to Lyoto Machida, when he lost the light heavyweight championship. He is on a three fight winning streak since his only career loss, beating a few guys you may have heard of (Thiago Silva, Rampage Jackson, Tito Ortiz). I expect this to be a very even fight early, but think fatigue and rust will catch up to the younger fighter, and the veteran does more to get the decision. My Pick: Evans
Agree? Disagree? Enjoy the Fights, Bitches!