Jun 23, 2012

UFC 147: Franklin vs Silva II Picks and Predictions

I am praying that UFC 147 will be an exciting, action-packed card, because it has the potential to be, despite all the naysayers.
Anyway, here are my picks for UFC 147: Franklin vs Silva

Yuri Alcantara vs. Hacran Dias
Despite Dias' seemingly impressive grappling skills shown by his run in Brazil, I don't think it'll be enough, as Alcantara's BJJ will negate the groundwork advantage, and he will take it via being better rounded.

Alcantara via TKO

Mike Russow vs. Fabricio Werdum
Tough one- Werdum obviously has the submission advantage, Russow has the wrestling advantage, and the striking will be similar. In the end, though I think the ultra-hardy Russo will pin down Werdum and take the decision.

Russo via Decision

Rony Jason vs. Godofredo Pepey
Jason vs. Pepey is the TUF: Brazil FW fight on this card. Pepey is an excellent submission fighter and might be able to catch Jason at any moment, but Jason has both the grappling and the striking ability.

Jason via TKO

Cezar Ferreira vs. Sergio Moraes
Ferreria vs Moraes is the MW matchup from this season's TUF. Another matchup between a dangerous submission artist (Moraes) and the better rounded fighter (Ferreria). Moraes was KO'd in the semifinals but made it due to Sarafian's injury, and I think it may happen again at UFC 147.

Ferreria via KO

Rich Franklin vs. Wanderlei Silva
On this one, I think Silva's aging and Franklin's ability to be dangerous anywhere will combine to see a victory for Rich Ace Franklin. Also, Franklin's never lost 2 in a row, and I think that'll still hold up.

Franklin via Submission (More likely via decision) 

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