Friday, February 29, 2008

UFC 82 Quick Picks

John Halverson Vs. Jorge Gurgel (Lightweight)
I like Jorge, but honestly... If this was not held in Ohio, he would no longer be in the UFC. The did get a good opponent for him though, a guy who beat my friend and training partner Bryce Teager last year.
Jorge by decision.

David Bielkheden Vs. Diego Sanchez (Welterweight)
Ummmmm Sanchez by KO first round.
UFC is throwing Diego a cream puff from Sweeden, who has lost his last two fights, to get him back on track.

Dustin Hazelett Vs. Josh Koscheck (Welterweight)
Dustin is a good fighter... I don't really like him, because he knocked my friend and training partner Chad Reiner out, but I have to admit he is a good fighter. Not as good as Koscheck though...
Josh by G&P KO second round.

Luigi Fioravanti Vs. Luke Cummo (Welterweight)
Interesting fight... Luke by decision.

Jake O'Brien Vs. Andrei Arlovski (Heavyweight)
Stupid fight. Unless he has been spending his time snorting coke and eating Krispy Kreems Arlovski by KO first round.

Chris Wilson Vs. Jon Fitch (Welterweight)
Wilson is good, and he trains with Team Quest, but Fitch is unstoppable right now. Fitch by RNC second round.

Yushin Okami Vs. Evan Tanner (Middleweight)
Tanner is back!!! I hope he worked out his mental issues. He was really out there for a while. I don't think that he will be able to do much against Okami though. Honestly Okami has been fighting guys like Mike Swick, Rich Franklin, and Jason Macdonald for the past year. Tanner has fought... only his own demons. Okami by decision.

Alessio Sakara Vs. Chris Leben (Welterweight)
Sakara has no chance. Leben by wild punching KO second round.

Heath Herring Vs. Cheick Kongo (Heavyweight)
Interesting fight. We have Kongo the French Kickboxing sensation versus Heath Herring the guy who used to train with Golden Glory the greatest Dutch Kickboxing team. Heath has not looked good in the UFC, and Cheick looked very good against Cro Cop. If Heath is smart he will take Kongo down and submit him. I don't think that Heath can stand with Kongo for very long. Herring by RNC third round.

Anderson Silva Vs. Dan Henderson (Middleweight)
Very interesting fight. Silva has looked unstoppable since Ryo Chonan caught him with a flying heel hook back in 2006. Dan looked good against Rampage, but could not deal with the Champion's improved boxing and wrestling technique. Not to mention a significant size advantage.
Dan is aggressive with a big right hand. I think that Silva can deal with that. Anderson will not worry about the take down, he is very comfortable off of his back. His striking game is more of a counter striker and that will play very well off of Dan's aggressive come forward style. Anderson by KO third round.

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