Saturday, August 8, 2009

UFC 101: Thoughts and Predictions

UFC 101 has shaped up to be an interesting card. The card and my predictions for it are below:

Johny Hendricks (171) vs. Amir Sadollah (166.5): Don't know anything about Hendricks. Amir on the other hand won the Ultimate Fighter, submitting CB Dolloway TWICE. Since then, he has been plagued wit injuries and has been unable to fight. I am going to go with Sadollah by submission here.

Josh Neer (155.5) vs. Kurt Pellegrino (154.5): Not hugely familiar with either fighter here. More familiar with Neer, so I will say Neer wins. Not sure how.

Ricardo Almeida (185) vs. Kendall Grove (185.5): Ricardo Almeida has a very strong jiu-jitsu pedigree, having competed and done well in the ADCC among other tournaments. He is a 3rd degree black belt. If Grove can manage to keep it standing he might do okay...However, I predict Almeida by submission.

Champ Anderson Silva (205) vs. Forrest Griffin (205): This should be an exciting fight. Forrest Griffin, while the underdog, tends to win fights that on paper, he should not. Case in point, his fights against Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson and Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua. Silva is a devastating striker, but Forrest is going to come right at him. He is not afraid to get hit. In fact, I think he kind of likes it. I am going to go with the upset here and say Forrest Griffin by TKO.

Champ B.J. Penn (155) vs. Kenny Florian (155): This should also be a GREAT fight. Penn is coming off a loss to GSP. Florian has won six in a row. Both a very dangerous jiu-jitsu fighters. In the last couple of year's Florian's Muay Thai and stand-up have markedly improved. I think it is Florian's time to shine, however. I predict Florian by submission.

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