The TV show is over, the odds are in, and it is time to let the predictions fly.
With on of the most anticipated fights of the year only a few days away, it is hard not to get caught up in all of the pre-fight hype. With the emerge of the show PrimeTime, which follows the experience of the preparation of both Georges and BJ, it is quite hard not to form a bias opinion of these fighters.
But as far as predictions go, it can be not only silly to use your heart but costly as well. Not only cash can be riding on these bouts, pride and reputation as well.
This of course can be seen in its highest form here on B/R, not only are you publicly displaying your predictions you are almost putting your MMA knowledge on the line. When you are right few acknowledge, but when you are wrong, all remember.
Regardless, it must be done.
“And here we go!”
Georges St-Pierre vs. B.J. Penn
This is one of the most exciting fights of the year and not only because I am Canadian. These two champions are both at the pinnacles of their careers. There have been many excellent breakdowns of both fighters on this website, so this will be a condensed version.
B.J. has the superior BJJ but Georges is superior in ever other aspect. Georges will win the fight, safe bet decision, my opinion, TKO.
Lyoto Machida vs. Thiago Silva
The battle of the undefeated. This fight on paper looks almost just as good as the main event. Machida is the favorite according to many on this site and the Vegas odds, but I am going to have to go against the grain on this pick. I am going to say Thiago Silva will win, and better yet, I believe he will stop Machida.
Stephan Bonnar vs. Jon Jones
Stephan Bonnar is going to have to bring his A game against Jon Jones, another undefeated UFC fighter. This is only Jon’s second fight in the UFC and Bonnar hasn’t fought in over a year. Both have a lot to prove, but I am going to go with Bonnar. If it doesn’t go to the judges look for Bonnar to win via RNC.
Karo Parisyan vs. Dong Hyun Kim
Karo is coming off a loss to Thiago Alves and Hyum Kim is yet another undefeated UFC fighter. I would imagine Karo will be trying to take Hyum Kim to the ground and avoid his KO power. This should be a great fight, I am going to have to with Karo.
Nate Diaz vs. Clay Guida
Guida is, and get this, a undefeated UFC fighter going up a crafty submission specialist Nate Diaz. Diaz looks to appear to be a favorite, slightly. Guida will look to pressure him quickly and Nate will look for a submission.
After the Josh Neer fight, Diaz proved that he can go the distance, if he can sustain the first attack from Clay, (which I think he will) look for him to finish via submission.
Jon Fitch vs. Akihieo Gono
Both of these fighters can go the distance and both have fought some impressive opponents. Gono should have the advantage on the feet and Jon on the ground, I see this going to the mat and Jon winning by submission.
Thiago Tavares vs. Mannny Gamburyan
Both fighters are coming of losses; the question is who will rebound better for this fight (Tavares has lost two in a row). I would have to say I think Tavares will be coming in with a chip on his shoulder and will be able to get the win against Manny.
Although he has excellent submissions, I see Tavares being able to use his strength to his advantage to pull at a submission win.