Welcome folks, to my picks and predictions for UFC 92. “The Ultimate 2008” will air Saturday night via pay-per-view and is arguably the best fight card of the year. 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 12-8 record thus far since our launch, let’s get into how I, Gray D., see the action inside the Octagon going down on December 27.
Update: PICK OUTCOMES: 5-5
UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira vs. Frank Mir
Notes: Great match-up, but Big Nog will take this one and show once again why he’s one of the toughest, most skilled martial artists on the planet.
UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Forrest Griffin vs. Rashad Evans
Notes: Griffin’s not given enough credit, and Rashad’s given too much, in my opinion. I like Evans and think he will remain a contender, but his game is not deep enough to handle Forrest’s onslaught and toughness.
C.B. Dollaway vs. Mike Massenzio
Notes: Dollaway will catch Massenzio in a submission, set-up by good takedowns.
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Wanderlei Silva
Notes: Silva’s like a kid on Christmas morning, about fighting his nemesis Jackson. Quinton will look improved due to his training at Wolfslair, but Silva’s going to continue his run at a title shot.
Cheick Kongo vs. Mustafa Al-Turk
Notes: Al-Turk’s inexperience will prove to be his downfall in this fight. Kongo is inconsistent, but will come out stronger while displaying lethal stand-up.
Yushin Okami vs. Dean Lister
Notes: I hate having to picks against Okami, but I believe Lister’s strength and ground game will give him enough of an advantage against the man many consider to be the #1 contender, Yushin.
Antoni Hardonk vs. Mark Burch
Notes: Not much to say here, but Hardonk will post a W.
Matt Hamill vs. Reese Andy
Notes: Andy is a can, and Hamill will absolutely wreck this opponent.
Ryo Chonan vs. Brad Blackburn
Notes: Ryo looked good in his last match at UFC 88, and will continue his winning ways as Blackburn will eat a loss.
Dan Evensen vs. Pat Barry
Notes: Evenson had a poor outing against Cheick Kongo. He didn’t show me much, and suffered damage in the stand-up game. Barry’s a solid kickboxer and will pick apart Evensen. Look for a TKO victory by Barry.
Gray D. is 122-78 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.
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