This will be the UFC’s third trip to Columbus, Ohio. While most people believe that this PPV should be free on Spike, I beg to differ. Usually the cards that don’t appear to be exciting on paper, make for the greatest fights. Gray D. and I will be in Columbus at the Nationwide Arena covering this event for you guys with up to the minute postings. Let’s get down to business with my picks for UFC 96.
Update: picks outcomes were 4-1
The first bout of the night will be Jim Miller vs. Gray Maynard. This will be an interesting fight, where Maynard has mainly utilized his wrestling abilities for all of his fights, controlling the pace and tempo of his fights. Miller is an up-and-comer with a lot of potential. I expect Miller to keep his distance from Maynard, and win this fight via submission (rear naked choke) in the second round.
The second fight will be Matt Hamill vs. Mark Munoz. Both of these fighters have a wrestling background. While Munoz has stated that he expects this to be a stand up war, I still believe that both fighters will try to bring the fight to the ground and get some Ground and Pound in. I expect Hamill to win this fight via TKO in the third round.
In the third fight, we have Pete Sell vs. Matt Brown. This fight could be “Fight of the Night” with both fighters usually looking to stand and bang it out. Look for Brown to utilize his Muay Thai skills and win this fight via KO in the second round.
In the co-main event, we have Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Shane Carwin. Gonzaga has been known for his Jiu Jitsu, and Carwin has been known for his power and size. With gloves bigger than Brock Lesnar’s, and all 10 of his pro fights ending in the first round, I expect Carwin to make a big name for himself with a victory over Gonzaga. I don’t believe Gonzaga’s stand up will be there and he will not get lucky again with a head kick like he did on Cro Cop. I expect Carwin to utilize his striking and conditioning, winning this fight via TKO in the second round.
For the main event, we have Quinton Jackson vs. Keith Jardine. Jackson is coming off a vicious KO of his nemesis, Wanderlei Silva, and Jardine is coming off a decision win over Brandon Vera. Although Jardine’s style is often critiqued and looks funky, it is very effective and I expect him to use low leg kicks to try to soften Jackson before going in for hard punches. Jackson will try to push forward and throw combinations at Jardine, where if one connects, it’s game over for Jardine. I expect Jackson to take this fight the distance and win via unanimous decision.
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