Update: PICK OUTCOMES: 2-3
We’ll begin with Rousimar Palhares vs Jeremy Horn. Palhares’ first fight in the UFC was against Dan Henderson, and I was not impressed with what I saw. He was repeatedly getting stuffed for takedown attempts, and would sometimes just fall on his back hoping Hendo would fall into his guard. That being said, I would hope that Palhares has worked on his stand-up for this fight, just incase this fight doesn’t end up on the ground. Jeremy Horn has been in the fight game for quite some time, and I believe his experience will persevere against Palhares in this fight, with him winning via Unanimous Decision.
The second fight on the night is Marcus Davis vs Chris Lytle. This has all the makings to be a “Fight of the Year” contender, with both being very well-versed in boxing. Both have said that they want to keep this fight standing, and I expect this fight to win “Fight of the Night” honors. I believe that Davis has the better stand-up, so look for him to win via KO in the second round.
In the third fight, the UFC welcomes Denis Kang vs Alan Belcher. Kang has fought is other organizations such as PRIDE, and he is no newcomer to the MMA scene. He faces a very tough octagon debut in Belcher and his Muay Thai prowess. I believe that Kang has more firepower, and will win this fight via TKO in the first round.
For the Co-Main event, it is Mark Coleman vs Maurcio Rua. Their first fight ended in controversy as Rua broke his elbow when Coleman went for a takedown, with Coleman proceeding to anger Rua’s camp. I think that Coleman won’t have what it takes to beat Rua, as Rua is a better all around MMA fighter. The only way that I see Coleman winning this fight is if he is able to somehow mount Rua and finish via ground and pound. Look for Rua to gauge Coleman’s abilities in the first round, and finishing this fight via TKO in the second round.
The main event of this fight card is Rich Franklin vs Dan Henderson. Both of these men are legends in MMA, and both are previous title holders. With this fight being at light heavyweight, Franklin looks to have the edge in size and technical striking abilities. Look for this fight to be a very tight-played chess matchup, and I expect Franklin to win via Unanimous Decision.
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