Welcome 6th Rounders, to my picks and predictions for will air on Fox, Saturday night. The evening’s action will be headlined by the world’s two top flyweights in a divisional title match. 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 624-401 (60% correct) record thus far since our launch, let’s get into how I see the action inside the cage going down from Sacramento.
*(winners are in bold)
Demetrious Johnson vs. Joseph Benavidez (flyweight title fight)
These two flyweights will meet for the third time in their equally exciting careers, and both men look ready to come into this battle with strong cardio, punching power and prowess on the ground. The problem for Benavidez is that Johnson is a touch better than him, everywhere. Mighty Mouse’s cardio is already legendary, his accuracy with strikes is pin-point, and he’s a crafty beast in the ground.
Johnson by decision
Urijah Faber vs. Michael McDonald
This match-up is my favorite on the card. You’ve got the heralded veteran Faber coming in against the young gun McDonald, and both men have tremendous momentum. The only men Faber’s been toppled by in his incredible career have been fighters boasting speed and loads of power, with the ability to scramble on the ground. McDonald not only fits this bill, but is young, hungry, and ready.
McDonald by decision
Nik Lentz vs. Chad Mendes
Tempted to tell you that Lentz is a live dog here but the truth is that the work Duane “Bang” Ludwig is doing with Team Alpha Male is paying off in huge ways for that team. Mendes is part of that camp and has been soaking up all of the striking fundamentals Bang has been ingraining in his fighters, and I expect Mendes to continue his winning ways this weekend.
Mendes by decision
Mac Danzig vs. Joe Lauzon
Two of the lightweight division’s best gamers clash here, but it’s Lauzon that will come out on top. Danzig is skilled in all area, but lacks the size and power needed to overcome the guys in his division who easily weight 170 at fight time.
Lauzon by submission