Welcome 6th Rounders, to my picks and predictions for UFC 95. “Sanchez vs. Stevenson” will air Saturday evening via Spike TV beginning at 9 pm E.T. UFC 95 includes a main event of Joe “Daddy” Stevenson taking on former middleweight and welterweight, Diego Sanchez in the lightweight division. 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 40-31 record thus far since our launch, let’s get into how I, Gray D., see the action inside the Octagon going down on February 21from London, England.
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Update, pick outcomes: 6-4
UFC 95 picks and predictions:
Joe “Daddy” Stevenson vs. Diego “Nightmare” Sanchez: Dangerous fight for Joe Daddy, more so than it is for Diego. Sanchez is coming off two impressive wins at 170 lbs, and Joe is looking to retain contender status. Joe’s in a better mental state, in my opinion, and Diego will gas in the 2nd round due to the new weight cut for 155 lbs. Stevenson by triangle in the second round.
Dan Hardy vs. Rory Markham: Hardy is the better, well-rounded fighter here and although I like what I’ve seen from Markham, Dan will post a W by TKO in the third round.
Wilson Gouveia vs. Nate Marquardt: Wilson says he’s comfortable at 185 lbs, but I cannot put too much faith in that considering he missed weight in his last fight against Jason MacDonald. Nate is a superior fighter in every aspect and I’ll go with a KO in the first round giving Marqaurdt a title shot at Anderson Silva soon.
Demian Maia vs. Chael Sonnen: Although Chael is a solid grappler, Demian has shown us he’s on an elite Jiu Jitsu level that has toppled each of his opponents thus far in the UFC. Maia by armbar in the second round.
Josh Koscheck vs. Paulo Thiago: Koscheck is a company man looking for a crack at the belt sooner rather than later. That being said, Thiago is undefeated and presents an interesting challenge as a confident newcomer. KOS has great momentum at this point in his career and will take this by KO in the third round.
Junior dos Santos vs. Stefan Struve: dos Santos brutally KO’d Fabricio Werdum in his last fight and that gives me enough confidence to side with him in this fight against Struve. Junior “Cigano” will win by submission
Brian Cobb vs. Terry Etim: Cobb took this fight on short notice and Etim has hometown advantage. Look for Cobb (who trains with Urijah Faber) to win via unanimous decision.
Paul Kelly vs. Troy Mandaloniz: Mandaloniz is out of the B.J. Penn camp which gives me less confidence in his conditioning over Kelly’s. Paul “Telly” will defeat Troy by TKO in the second round.
Mike Ciesnolevicz vs. Neil Grove: What can i say about Neil Grove? He’s a huge man. That being said, Ciesnolevicz is the superior athlete (from what I’ve seen) and I’m going with him for a guillotine choke submission win in the first round.
Evan Dunham vs. Per Eklund: Dunham just fought at 93 and is back for more against Eklund. Eklund will pick Evan apart but only win via split decision.
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.