Welcome 6th Rounders, to my picks and predictions for UFC 116. “Lesnar vs. Carwin” will air Saturday night via pay-per-view beginning at 10 p.m. EDT (Spike prelims @ 9). This card features a main event featuring a champ vs. interim champ HW bout. A solid line-up calls for solid picks, right? Whether you agree or disagree, leave your thoughts by commenting.

As a lead writer here, there’s a certain responsibility for making quality peeks into the future. That being said, anything can (and does) happen in mixed martial arts. With an overall 250-164 thus far since our launch, let’s get into how I, Gray D., see the action inside the cage going down from Vegas.

*(winners are in bold)

Brock Lesnar vs. Shane Carwin: Carwin by TKO, Round 2 – Ring rust is real and Carwin’s the better fighter
Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Chris Leben: Akiyama via decision – Quick turn around will be tough for Leben
Matt Brown vs. Chris Lytle: Brown via decision – Brown will bounce back from his loss to Almeida
Stephan Bonnar vs. Krzysztof Soszynski: Soszynski by TKO, Round 3 – Bonnar seems to be past his prime
Kurt Pellegrino vs. George Sotiropoulos: Pellegrino by submission, Round 2 – Kurt’s training is excellent

Brendan Schaub vs. Chris Tuchscherer: Schaub by submission, Round 1 – Schaub’s the smarter athlete
Seth Petruzelli vs. Ricardo Romero: Romero via submission, Round 2 – Romero will capitalize on debut

Kendall Grove vs. Goran Reljic: Reljic – Reljic via TKO, Round 2 – Grove’s head isn’t in the right place
Dave Branch vs. Gerald Harris: Harris by TKO, Round 1 – Harris earns a Spike prelims spot with this win
Forrest Petz vs. Daniel Roberts: Petz via decision – Petz grinds it out, but this is a toss-up
Jon Madsen vs. Karlos Vemola: Madsen is one-dimensional and lags


Gray D. is 250-164 in his overall picks here at 6th-Round.com and pens this column before every major MMA event. Outside of writing, he is a fitness/nutrition enthusiast and runs the site’s Twitter account @6thRound.