Welcome 6th Rounders, to my picks and predictions for UFC 144. This event will air via Facebook, FX (prelims) and pay-per-view. The evening’s action will be headlined by lightweight champion Frankie Edgar defending his belt against Ben Henderson. A solid line-up calls for solid picks, right? Whether you agree or disagree, leave your thoughts by commenting.
As lead writer here, I do my best to make quality peeks into the future. That being said, anything can (and does) happen in mixed martial arts. With an overall 530-344 record thus far since our launch, let’s get into how I see the action inside the cage going down from Japan.
*(winners are in bold)
Champ Frankie Edgar vs. Ben Henderson: Edgar via decision
Ryan Bader vs. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson: Jackson by TKO
Cheick Kongo vs. Mark Hunt: Kongo by TKO
Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Jake Shields: Akiyama via decision
Tim Boetsch vs. Yushin Okami: Okami by TKO
Hatsu Hioki vs. Bart Palaszewski: Palaszewski via decision
Joe Lauzon vs. Anthony Pettis: Lauzon by submission
Takanori Gomi vs. Eiji Mitsuoka: Gomi by TKO
Vaughan Lee vs. Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto: Yamamoto by TKO
Steve Cantwell vs. Riki Fukuda: Fukuda via decision
Chris Cariaso vs. Takeya Mizugaki: Mizugaki by TKO
Issei Tamura vs. Tiequan Zhang: Zhang by submission