UFC Provides Another Great FREE Event on Saturday Night
You do NOT want to miss the FREE UFC event Saturday night on FOX. Once again you have the chance to see a pay-per-view quality night of MMA, including a main event that could be the fight of the year!
I know that term "fight of the year" can be thrown around frequently, but Saturday's main event really has the potential to be something spectacular. Robbie Lawler and Matt Brown are battling for the right to challenge Johny Hendricks for his UFC Welterweight belt. Keep reading to see my thoughts on this fight.
First I want to preview some other notable fights on the card. I will also give you my predictions which will include the winner and the method of winning.
Daron "The Detroit Superstar" Cruickshank vs. Jorge "Gamebred" Masvidal
This is actually the last fight of the preliminaries, and is definitely worth watching. Although Cruickshank is the lower ranked fighter and is the underdog, you can never count out the "Detroit Superstar." He is a dynamic and creative striker and he always has the ability to end a fight. He is fighting a very tough opponent in Masvidal who is ranked #13 in the UFC Lightweight division
My prediction: I'm going with the upset and predicting Daron Cruickshank to get the win by KO/TKO.
Josh "The Punk" Thomson vs. Bobby "King" Green
More talent from the stacked lightweight division. This time it's #3 ranked Thomson taking on #13 ranked Green. These guys appear to be pretty evenly matched. Both guys have wins by KO/TKO and submissions and are able to compete no matter where the fight goes. I think, in this case, "The Punk" will be just a bit too much for Green though.
My prediction: Josh Thomson by submission
Clay "The Carpenter" Guida vs. Dennis "The Menace" Bermudez
If you wanna see two guys who never stop moving, watch this fight. Clay Guida is known for his ridiculous cardio and ability to go non-stop for up to five rounds (he's probably bouncing around somewhere right now). Despite being a fan favorite, "The Carpenter" has lost 3 of his last 5 fights and may need a win this weekend. On the flip side, Dennis Bermudez is riding a 6-fight winning streak and is steadily climbing the lightweight ranks.
My prediction: I predict a lot of wrestling and grappling...and I pick Dennis Bermudez to win by decision
Anthony "Rumble" Johnson vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
It's hard to believe that Johnson used to fight at 170 lbs. He is such a big, powerful guy and seems completely at home at 205 lbs. In my opinion he is the clear favorite in this fight. Having said that, "Little Nog" has been known to submit a guy from time to time, and Johnson has been submitted in 3 of his 4 losses. A freak submission is the only chance I give Nogueira to win, but I don't think that will happen.
My prediction: "Rumble" is going to man-handle Nogueira for three rounds and get the win by decision.
"Ruthless" Robbie Lawler vs. Matt "The Immortal" Brown
This...is...it! The main event of the evening! The winner of this fight gets the next shot at the UFC Welterweight belt. This one feels damn near impossible to pick. These guys, and their fighting styles, are almost identical. They love to stand and bang, they can take a beating, and they're always looking to finish. Lawler has 19 wins by KO/TKO and has only been knocked out twice. Brown has 12 wins by KO/TKO and has never been knocked out. And "The Immortal" has been a winning streak since November of 2011.
I'm really torn here. I really like both of these guys, and I have no idea who's gonna win. Robbie Lawler is the #1 ranked welterweight - Matt Brown is ranked #5. Lawler is the favorite according to Vegas, but there's just no stopping Matt Brown.
My prediction: I'm gonna go with the emotional pick for this one. I'm pulling for Matt Brown and I'd love see him and Johny Hendricks go toe-to-toe for the belt. So I'm gonna say Matt Brown wins by submission.