Georges St-Pierre (c) vs. Johny Hendricks for the welterweight championship. I still think Hendricks lost to Condit in their last fight. Hendricks could win, he has one punch knock out power. On the other hand, GSP holds the record for landing the most significant strikes in UFC history. Plus he has a much more impressive record over better fighters than Hendricks has been fighting. Better stamina for a five round fight too. GSP wins by submission.
Rashad Evans vs. Chael Sonnen. Evans has been going downhill and lately his heart is really in it. Sonnen.
Rory MacDonald vs. Robbie Lawler. MacDonald has been noticeably better than his opponents thus far. I predict that continues against Lawler. Future champion.
Josh Koscheck vs. it doesn’t matter. I’ll always root against Kos.
Donald Cerrone vs. Evan Dunham. Cerrone is really hot and cold. You never know he’s gonna fight. It’ll be close but I give the edge to Cerrone.
Anderson Silva (c) vs. Chris Weidman for the Middleweight championship. I’m surprised to see UFC fighters and insiders are heavily favouring Weidman to win, even though he has far less experience and is coming off a year hiatus. Weidman is already talking about giving Silva an immediate rematch after he wins, he’s that confident. Silva has been saying things like “winning isn’t important.” (What’s more important in a fight than winning?) Plus he handed Weidman the belt to hold together for photo ops after the pre fight press conference. Does Silva sense his own defeat? Is it a sign of things to come? I don’t know, it’s hard to bet against Silva, he’s undefeated in the UFC. However, I don’t like him at all so I’m rooting for Weidman to win.
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Rashad Evans vs. Dan Henderson. How did these two get the main event after their last fights? Two of the most boring uneventful defeats I’ve seen in a long time. Evans has been talking about retiring for a while now and Henderson has been talking about fighting for the title. I think that says it all, Henderson wins. (Completely off topic, I want to see Evans and Cuba Gooding Jr. in a movie together.)
Roy Nelson vs. Stipe Miocic. Both of these guys are finishers but I think Nelson is tougher. Takes a beating and keeps on ticking. Even when he lost he went the distance. Nelson with another knockout.
Alexis Davis vs. Rosi Sexton. Davis is tough, she can give it and take it, plus a size advantage with Sexton moving up a weight class. Davis wins.
Pat Barry vs. Shawn Jordan. Barry is due to win two in a row. Barry is hilarious, I can’t help but like him and root for him.
Cain Velasquez vs. Antonio Silva for the heavyweight championship. Velasquez defeated Silva a year ago. The fight was stopped when Silva couldn’t see because his own blood was pooling over his eyes while Velasquez had him on is back. When the fight finished, Velasquez was literally covered from head to toe in Silva’s blood. After a devastating match like that I think everyone is picking Velasquez.
Junior Dos Santos vs. Mark Hunt. Hunt has power, last fight he broke Stefan Struve’s jaw clean in two. JDS can take a punch, his last fight Velasquez beat him silly for twenty-five minutes but still couldn’t finish him. I think it will come down to cardio and Hunt’s isn’t very good. JDS will wait until the second round and swarm Hunt for the win.
Gray Maynard vs. TJ Grant. Maynard hasn’t been doing that great lately and Grant has only been getting better. Grant wins.
Jeff Hanneman, the legendary guitarist of Slayer, died yesterday of liver failure. Two years ago Hanneman contracted necrotizing fasciitis (flesh-eating disease) from a possible spider bite and has been on haitus from the band since, only playing a few songs at a handful of shows. Hanneman wrote Slayer’s best songs and some of the most haunting riffs you’ll ever hear. He will be missed. The first CD I ever bought was Reign in Blood. I still get that rush when I put it on. I’m going to be spinning Slayer’s discography non stop for a while. SLAYER! SLAYER! SLAYER!