UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva (22-4) vs. Patrick Cote (13-4)
Main card (Televised):
170 lbs.: Thiago Alves (15-3) vs. Josh Koscheck (11-2)
265 lbs.: Fabricio Werdum (11-3-1) vs. Junior Dos Santos (6-1)
155 lbs.: Sean Sherk (32-3 –1) vs. Tyson Griffin (12-1)
155 lbs.: Gray Maynard (5-0) vs. Rich Clementi (32-12-1)
Let’s start off with the first bout of the evening, Maynard vs Clementi. “No Love” has a lot of fights under his belt, but I’m not sure if that will help him in this fight against Maynard. Gray is a very good wrestler with good striking to compliment. I see Maynard taking Clementi down from the beginning and winning this fight via TKO in the second round.
In the second lightweight match of the night, Sean Sherk vs Tyson Griffin, this appears to be a great matchup of two solid wrestlers. I think the difference in this fight will be keeping the other person guessing with good stand up, then shooting in for a takedown. Sherk showed in his last fight that his strikes are crisp, but his reach really hurt him against BJ Penn. I haven’t been impressed with Tyson Griffin in his last couple of fights. It seems as if he’s fighting “not to lose”, not “fighting to win”. All fighters need that instinct in order to be successful, which is why I think Sherk will win this match via Rear Naked Choke in the first round.
In the third fight, Fabricio Werdum vs Junio Dos Santos. This looks to be a classic BJJ match up on paper. Werdum scored a suspect win over Brandon Vera in his last fight, while Dos Santos makes his UFC debut. Although both of these fighters are well-versed on the ground, I think they are going to keep it standing with Dos Santos winning via unanimous decision.
In the fourth fight, Thiago Alves takes on Josh Koscheck. Diego Sanchez had to withdraw from this bout with an injury two weeks before the fight, and Koscheck stepped up and is now takin gon Alves. Koscheck looks to leap-frog Sanchez if he were to get past Alves, which I believe he will. Alves has two wins over game opponents in his last two fights, Karo Parisyan and Matt Hughes, where as Koscheck is coming off a victory himself over Chris Lytle. I think Koscheck‘s ability to dominate a fight on ground will be key in this fight, and I look for him to score a victory via TKO (Ground and pound) in the second round.
Last but not least, in the main event of the evening, Patrick Cote takes on UFC Middleweight champion Anderson Silva. Cote is known to have dangerous striking with his knockout ability, whereas Anderson Silva can win a fight in many ways. Anderson Silva is good on the ground, good standing, pretty much good everywhere. If Cote can get inside and land a couple heavy shots to Silva, he has a chance to win, but when you are talking about doing that to Anderson Silva, you always have to be skeptical. I think Cote will surprise a lot of people with his improved striking, and I look for him to get the upset and win via KO in the second round.
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