I would like to begin by apologizing for this article, as I am under significant time restraints due to my schedule.
I was randomly struck with an idea to have an ongoing series of articles throughout 2009 in which writers from Bleacher Report would select the winners of the fights at the main UFC events. For the record, I am defining "main UFC events" as any UFC event that has a number after UFC (i.e. UFC 93).
I have selected an eclectic mix of bleacher report MMA writers and have asked them to submit their selections for the winners of each fight on the card and also supply a few sentences on how they see the outcome.
For each event, I will attempt to provide a pre-fight article displaying the writers and their picks and the consensus on the fight will be won. Following the fights, I will write a post-fight article simply updating the writers' correct pick percentages and perhaps a slight recap.
On to the inaugural 2009 B/R Writers' Picks
This weeks writers include: Jessy Morris, Mike Leanza, Brian Oswald, Jaime Moreno, Flyin' Hawaiian (FH), and Andrew Alton.
Nate Mohr vs. Denis Siver
Mohr: Morris, Moreno, Alton.
Siver: Leanza, Oswald, FH
Consensus: Either Mohr 2nd round TKO or Siver 2nd round submission.
John Hathaway vs. Tom Egan
Hathaway: Morris, Moreno, Leanza, Oswald, FH, Alton.
Consensus: Hathway by decision.
Tomasz Drwal vs. Ivan Serati
Serati: Leanza, Alton.
Drwal: Moreno, Morris, Oswald, FH.
Consensus: Drwal by 2nd round TKO.
Eric Schafer vs. Antonio Mendes
Schafer: Morris, Moreno, Leanza, Oswald, Alton.
Consesnus: Schafer by 2nd round submission.
Alexander Barros vs. Martin Kampmann
Kampmann: Morris, Oswald, Moreneo, Alton, FH.
Consensus: Kampmann by 2nd round submission.
Marcus Davis vs. Chris Lytle
Davis: Leanza, Oswald, Moreno, FH, Alton.
Consensus: Davis by 2nd round TKO.
Jeremy Horn vs. Rousimar Palhares
Palhares: Morris, Moreno, Leanza, Oswald, FH, Alton.
Consensus: Palharies by 1st round submission.
Alan Belcher vs. Denis Kang
Kang: Morris, Moreno, Leanza, Oswald, FH.
Consensus: Kang by 1st round TKO.
Mark Coleman vs. Shogun Rua
Rua: Morris, Moreno, Leanza, Oswald, FH, Alton.
Consensus: Rua by 2nd round TKO.
Rich Franklin vs. Dan Henderson
Henderson: Moreno, Leanza, Oswald, FH, Alton.
Consensus: Henderson by decision.
Expect a post-fight analysis Monday.