Saturday night January 26th, the UFC gives us another incredible card FREE on FOX, headlined by Jon Dodson versus Demetrious Johnson for the Flyweight Championship. The event takes place live from the United Center in Chicago, Illinois and also features two other epic matchups on the main card as Glover Teixeria takes on Rampage Jackson and Anthony Pettis takes on Cowboy Donald Cerrone. As always, I have picked the preliminary card and have gone more in depth while picking the main card, with the winners in bold. My previous picks and overall record can be found at the bottom of the post, now on to the picks:
Preliminaries (FX): David Mitchell OVER Simeon Thoresen, Rafael Natal OVER Sean Spencer, Mike Russow OVER Sean Jordan, Ryan Bader over Vladimir Matyushenko, Clay Guida OVER Hatsu Hioki, Matt Wiman OVER TJ Grant
Main Card (FOX):
Eric Koch (13-1) vs. Ricardo Lamas (12-2) – Featherweight Bout – This should be an exciting matchup, as both fighters are electrifying and have excellent records, and will pit a striker (Koch) against a wrestler (Lamas). I give the advantage to Koch, who enters this fight on a four fight winning streak, beating former Ultimate Fighter winner Jonathan Brookins in his last fight. Lamas is a former All-American wrestler at Elmhurst College, and enters this matchup on a three fight winning streak, with a notable win over the dangerous Cub Swanson. Should be an excellent fight, if they stay on their feet, Koch has the advantage, and if they go to the ground it’s advantage Lamas. THE PICK: KOCH BY DECISION.
Anthony Pettis (15-2) vs. Donald Cerrone (19-4-1) – Lightweight Bout – This is my pick for fight of the night, both of these former WEC competitors can win a fight at any moment in a variety of ways, and both men are dangerous standing and on the ground. “Cowboy” Donald Cerrone is (7-1) since joining the UFC, his only loss a decision to Nate Diaz at UFC 141, he is known for his vicious Muay Thai kicks. Anthony Pettis is best known for his “Showtime Kick” where he sprung off of the cage and threw a head kick at Benson Henderson at WEC 53, a fight in which Pettis won a decision to become the final WEC Lightweight Champion. This one is almost two close to call and should be an epic battle, I give a slight edge to Cerrone, because Pettis has not fought in exactly 11 months (February 26th 2012) while recovering from a litany of injuries while Cerrone is riding a hot streak. THE PICK CERRONE BY DECISION.
Quinton Jackson (32-10) vs. Glover Teixeria (19-2) Light Heavyweight Bout – I am a little biased here, because am a HUGE Glover Teixeria fan, and have been calling him one of the baddest men on the planet for years now. There was a problem, Teixeria could not fight in the United States due to Visa issues, so he could not join the UFC. These issues were resolved in early 2012, Teixeria joined the UFC in early 2012, and is (2-0) since joining the promotion with wins over Kyle Kingsbury and Fabio Maldonado. I would pick Teixeria over any light heavyweight in the world right now, except maybe champion Jon Jones, and I would have to seriously think about that one. He has so much power, is so technically sound, his Jiu-Jitsu is very polished. We all know the story when it comes to “Rampage” Jackson, there was a time when he was one of the most dangerous men on the planet and although he is no longer the “Rampage” of old, he still has heavy hands and can knock anybody out with one punch. He has just bitten off more than he can chew by taking on a dangerous Teixeria, who has not lost since 2005, and who I want to see take on Jon Jones for the title. THE PICK: TEIXERIA BY TKO IN ROUND 1.
Jon Dodson (14-5) vs. (c) Demetrious Johnson (16-2-1) Flyweight Championship Bout – People hate on the little guys (both fighters are 5’3 125lbs) but not me, this should be an exciting matchup between two fighters with very similar skill sets, and a ton of punches should be thrown in this contest. Jon Dodson is the a former winner of The Ultimate Fighter, and he packs good power in his hands for a man of his stature, two of his three UFC wins come by TKO and his hands are heavy enough to knock Johnson out if he catches him. The problem with that is, “Mighty Mouse” Johnson is one of the quickest fighters you will ever see in the octagon, he understands how to box and will be difficult for Dodson to make contact with. “Mighty Mouse” is a well rounder fighter, and he will have a distinct advantage if the fight goes to the ground, due to his wrestling background. Unless this Dodson can end this fight with a knockout punch, it will be decided by the judges, and Dodson will have to win convincingly to take the belt off the champion. THE PICK: JOHNSON BY DECISION.
MMA PICKS RECORD (by event):
UFC on FX: Bisping vs. Belfort –
Preliminaries (3-3-1) Main Card (2-2) Overall (5-5-1)
Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine –
Preliminaries (5-1) Main Card (4-1) Overall (9-2)
UFC 155: Velasquez vs. dos Santos –
Preliminaries (6-1) Main Card (0-5) Overall (6-6)
UFC on FOX 5: Henderson vs. Diaz –
Preliminaries (2-5) Main Card (3-1) Overall (5-6)
UFC 154: St-Pierre vs. Condit
Preliminaries (5-2) Main Card (2-3) Overall (7-5)
UFC on FUEL TV: Franklin vs. Cung Le –
Preliminaries (1-2) Main Card (4-1) Overall (5-3)
UFC 153: Silva vs. Bonnar –
Preliminaries (5-1) Main Card (4-2) Overall (9-3)
UFC 149: Faber vs. Barao –
Preliminaries (4-2) Main Card (2-3) Overall (6-5)
UFC 148: Sliva vs. Sonnen II –
Preliminaries (3-2) Main Card (5-1) Overall (8-3)
UFC 146: Dos Santos vs Mir –
Preliminaries (4-3) Main Card (4-1) Overall (8-4)
UFC on FOX 2: Evans vs. Davis –
Main Card (3-0)
Preliminaries (38-22-1) Main Card (34-20) Overall (71-42-1)
Main Events (8-3)
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