Welcome folks, to my picks and predictions for UFC 93. “Franklin vs. Henderson″ will air Saturday afternoon via pay-per-view (3 pm E.T.) and is great way to start off 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 17-13 record thus far since our launch, let’s get into how I, Gray D., see the action inside the Octagon going down on January 17.
Update: PICK OUTCOMES: 6-4
Rich Franklin vs. Dan Henderson: This tears me up, heh, as I’m a huge fan of both fighters. In the end, I see Rich pulling out the decision victory via superior striking and controlling the ground action with his jiu jitsu. Dan’s a true lengend, but I believe there’s more “gas left in the tank” for “Ace”, than Hendo has.
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Mark Coleman: Shogun’s going to show us all why he’s a great 205’er but don’t expect Coleman to be embarrassed. Mark’s a beast but I believe father time and his long layoff from fighting will cost him dearly.
Denis Kang vs. Alan Belcher: Kang is too explosive and strong for Belcher, simply put. Alan had too much trouble with Ed Herman in his last fight, to convince me he can handle Denis.
Eric Schafer vs. Antonio Mendes: Mendes fought nine, yes nine, times in 2007 but only once in 2008. Both are similarly skilled, but I look for Schafer’s recent momentum to be a big factor in this predicted win on Saturday.
Nate Mohr vs. Denis Siver: Neither man has been particularly impressive as of late, but I expect Mohr to come out on top. Siver simply isn’t ready for UFC-level competition as evidenced in his record.
Martin Kampmann vs. Alexandre Barros: Kampann is making his welterweight debut in the UFC, and looked ripped at the weigh-ins. I expect him to overwhelm Barros with superior striking.
Marcus Davis vs. Chris Lytle: Davis is a superior athlete and I believe is the more skilled striker, not to take anything away from Lytle’s boxing prowess. Don’t be surprised if this fight ends in submission though, as both have solid ground games.
Rousimar Palhares vs. Jeremy Horn: Horn isn’t as dedicated as he used to be, and is a true journeyman. He’s been flabby in his last few appearances and I look for the hungry Palhares to bounce back from his loss to Hendo (at 88) with a win over Jeremy.
Ivan Serati vs. Tomasz Drwal: This qualifies as “just too close to call” but I will stay true to always sticking by a pick, and choose Serati to win. Tomasz and Ivan match-up very well and have similar fight experience. Look for these big boys to clash.
Thomas Egan vs. John Hathaway: Hathaway has worlds more experience inside the cage and I expect him to end the fight fairly early, in a convincing fashion.
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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