Sep 23, 2011

UFC 135 Picks and Predictions - Main Card

Heavyweight bout: Ben Rothwell vs. Mark Hunt
While Hunt is still a dangerous striker and a MMA staple for years, he just isn't real competition anymore. Rothwell will likely make a suckling pig roast out of Hunt as long as he doesn't do anything stupid and get caught.

Pick: Rothwell

Lightweight bout: Nate Diaz vs. Takanori Gomi
Gomi just doesn't seem to be really be up to the task of fighting in the UFC, and everything but his striking seems to be outmatched by his american counterparts. I think Diaz will be able to recreate his brother's victory over Gomi (Minus the testing positive for THC post-fight, hopefully.)

Pick: Diaz

Heavyweight bout: Travis Browne vs. Rob Broughton
Browne seems to be one of the next up and comers in the Heavyweight division, and I think he will come out victorious through brawling it out as long as he avoids the dangerous submissions of the Wolfslair-trained Broughton.

Pick: Browne

Welterweight bout: Matt Hughes vs. Josh Koscheck
Not too much to say about this co-main event. Sanchez would have made a much better opponent, but since he is no longer in the fight, the pick is Koscheck. As much shit as I give Koscheck on this site, he is undoubtedly a younger, stronger version of the aging Hughes. Also, Koscheck's improved boxing will likely result in a 1st or 2nd round TKO of Hughes.

Pick: Koscheck

Light Heavyweight Championship: Jon Jones vs. Quinton Jackson
This one's interesting matchup. Jackson's only taken one week off after his victory over Hamill to prep and keep in shape for his fight with Jones, has been specifically training for surprise spinning attacks and takedowns, and he's hungry for his belt back. Jones, on the other hand, is a one man wrecking crew, and possibly Superman's black cousin. While I think Jones will win, if you're betting in Vegas, put your money on Jackson, because the odds are just ridiculous, and much more representative of public opinion rather than reality.

Pick: Jones

BTW, the spy in Rampage's camp was Leonard Armenta, VP of MusclePharm, so can we shut up about this now?

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