Welcome 6th Rounders, to my picks and predictions for UFC Fight Night 19. This free event will air Wednesday night via Spike TV (in the US) beginning at 8 p.m. EST. This Fight Night features a main event showdown between lightweights Nate Diaz and Melvin Guillard. 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 129-82 record thus far since our launch, let’s get into how I, Gray D., see the action inside the Octagon going down on September 16 from Oklahoma.
UPDATE: 7-2 outcome
Nate Diaz vs. Melvin Guillard: Diaz by submission – Round 1
Notes: Diaz had a bit of difficulty in the weight cut to make the 156 lbs limit but I do not believe it will greatly affect his performance tonight. Guillard possesses power but on the flip side of that is a strong tendencyto get wild and sloppy. Diaz will capitalize on this and take advantage of take down opportunities before launching a barrage of BJJ.
Gray Maynard vs. Roger Huerta: Maynard by TKO, Round 2
Notes: Huerta’s Hollywood aspirations have kept him out of competition for quite some time. While Roger has been planning for life on the D-list, Gray Maynard has been kicking arse and taking names. Maynard’s boxing has greatly improved as seen in his last fight against Miller, and his wrestling base is powerful at 155 lbs.
Nate Quarry vs. Tim Credeur: Quarry via unanimous decision
Notes: Both men are fan favorites and have heart for days. While Nate is better suited in the stand-up and Tim on the ground, each fighter has improved in their respective “weak” areas. I’m expecting a “fight of the night” performance out of this match-up.
Carlos Condit vs. Jake Ellenburger: Condit by submission – Round 1
Notes: Condit is a former WEC champ and went 5-0 in the organization. His wealth of experience coupled with training at Arizona Combat Sports will boost him to a solid victory over newcomer Ellenburger.
Steve Cantwell vs. Brian Stann: Cantwell by submission – Round 1
Notes: Steve is well rounded and more so than Brian. Stann’s lack of ground game was clearly shown in his last match which he lost via kimura to K-Sos.
Mike Pyle vs. Chris Wilson: Pyle by submission – Round 3
Notes: Pyle received high praise from Randy Couture, training out of Xtreme Couture in Vegas. Wilson possesses a strong striking game and good submission defense but these are all things Mike expects and can overcome.
Jeremy Stephens vs. Justin Buchholz: Stephens by TKO – Round 1
Notes: Buchholz trains with Urijah Faber and has excellent condition but is just not far enough along in evolving as a fighter to handle someone like Stephens.
Sam Stout vs. Phillipe Nover: Stout via unanimous decision
Notes: Nover has a future in the sport, but it’s just Stout’s time. Sam is as tough as they come and has all the tools to blast his way up the ladder. I believe Phillipe will have a good outing, but just don’t see him dominating the dangerous Canadian.
C.B. Dollaway vs. Jay Silva: – Silva by KO – Round 1
Notes: Dollaway’s wrestling has gotten him pretty far in MMA at such a young age but Silva is hungry and extremely powerful. It could very well be another quick night for “The Doberman” , similar to his being put to sleep in 55 seconds by Tom Lawlor last time.
Ryan Jensen vs. Steve Steinbeiss: Jensen by unanimous decision
Notes: Jensen takes this one due to cage experience.
Brock Larson vs. Mike Pierce: Larson by TKO, Round 2
Notes: Larson is a beast who deserves top competition and will once again prove that against Pierce. I’d like to add it’s terrible that Brock is fighting on the under card against a newcomer.
Gray D. is 129-82 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.