Hey again MMA fans, I’m back and ready to roll with my picks for UFC 100!
This should be the UFC’s biggest fight card ever, with two belts on the line and a stacked card. Let’s get things started with the first bout of the night.
Update: Picks outcome of 3-2
Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Alan Belcher:
We have Japanese newcomer Yoshihiro Akiyama against Alan Belcher. Akiyama is a Judo specialist and is highly touted coming from Japan. Alan “The Talent” Belcher is coming off a win against Denis Kang and looks to make his mark in the middleweight division. The only thing that Belcher showed me in his fight against Kang was that he got lucky. He was getting mauled in every aspect of that fight and I don’t see anything changing for this one. I expect Akiyama to throw Belcher all over the octagon and win this fight via TKO in the second round.
Dan Henderson vs. Michael Bisping:
In the second fight, the Coaches from TUF 9 square off. Dan Henderson is a legend in MMA and possesses a very powerful right hand. Bisping is an British MMA star and hopes to earn a title shot with a victory. After watching Henderson’s fight against Franklin, I don’t believe that he won that fight and I think they gave him the win just so he could coach team USA. Bisping has shown improvement in all of his fights and I believe that he will win this fight via submission (RNC) in the third round.
Jon Fitch vs. Paulo Thiago:
For the third bout, we have Jon Fitch against Paulo Thiago. Thiago is coming off a shocking upset of Josh Koscheck, and Fitch is looking to get back into the title picture with another victory. Surely, Fitch will be avenging the loss to his teammate Koscheck, and I believe he will utilize his wrestling to control Thiago. We will find out if Thiago is a fluke or not in this fight, and I expect Fitch to win this fight via TKO in the first round.
Georges St. Pierre vs. Thiago Alves:
In the co-main event, we have Georges St. Pierre defending his belt against Thiago Alves. Alves is a huge welterweight and this will be the first time that GSP will come into the octagon weaker than his opponent. Alves has great Muay Thai and power, but GSP’s conditioning and strategy will win him this fight. Look for GSP to use his reach advantage over Alves and stand-up for the first 2 rounds. I think that he will try to wear Alves down as the fight progresses and go for takedowns starting in round 3. I believe GSP will win this fight via submission (armbar) in the fourth round.
Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir:
For the main event, we have a rematch between Frank Mir and Brock Lesnar. This fight will unify the interim heavyweight title for the UFC. I am not a Brock Lesnar fan, and with that being said I haven’t seen one thing that he has done to show me that he possesses any MMA knowledge. I think Lesnar depends on his size to dominate opponents, but I believe Mir will bring a new and improved stand-up game against Lesnar. After Lesnar realizes that he won’t be able to stand with Mir, he will go for a takedown where Mir will use his Jiu-Jitsu and submit (RNC) Lesnar in the second round and once again win the heavyweight title.
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