10 Bold MMA Predictions for the Rest of 2012
Mixed Martial Arts in one of the most unpredictable sports in the world.
Making future predictions is a tough thing to do especially when you consider what all can change in a short period of time due to injuries. No matter what, though, almost any MMA prediction is a bold one.
These predictions are a little more bold than usual. Check out my ten bold predictions for the remainder of 2012.
Urijah Faber Will Lose Another Fight and Retire
Urijah Faber is coming off a loss at UFC 149 at the hands of Renan Barao for the Interim UFC Bantamweight Championship.
With the division not being very deep when it comes to contenders, one would think Faber can get back in the mix with a win, but I don't see that happening.
Faber will likely be matched up with the likes of Michael McDonald or Mike Easton in a fight to either get Faber back into title contention or to get one of the division's young stars over with the fans.
I see Faber losing to either man he faces and riding off into the sunset without UFC gold ever being around his waste.
Dan Henderson Will Knockout Jon Jones in First Round
UFC 151 will feature a light heavyweight showdown between Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones and former Pride Champion Dan Henderson.
While many are already considering Jones to be one of the greatest fighters in MMA history, I believe he'll have his hands full with Hendo.
It's been too long since we've seen the H-Bomb and he seems overdue to deliver.
Henderson will connect on Jones' chin, drop, and finish him at the 2:53 mark in the first round to win the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.
Chael Sonenn Will Win His Next Fight and Call out Anderson Silva...Again
Chael Sonnen was surprisingly very humble in defeat following his UFC 148 loss to Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva.
But, Uncle Chael will be back.
It's hard telling who Sonnen will fight next, but I bet Sonnen wins a decisive decision, and says to Joe Rogan post-fight, "First, you get beat for 23 minutes and wrap your legs around my head and they call you the winner. Second, you rub Vaseline all over you, grab my shorts, and throw illegal knees and once again: they call you the winner. There will not be a third time that you are the winner. I'm coming to Brazil, beating your ass, and going to your BBQ with my Middleweight Championship."
I know you can see it now.
Anderson Silva Will Not Fight Again in 2012
Anderson Silva has been known to take time off and with the middleweight division so jam packed at the moment, I see Silva letting it all play out and will return to action sometime in early 2013.
Georges St-Pierre Will Finish Carlos Condit
Georges St-Pierre is expected to return in November and face Carlos Condit for the Undisputed UFC Welterweight Championship.
GSP hasn't finished a fight since January of 2009 when he won by TKO due to doctor stoppage at the conclusion of the 4th round against B.J. Penn.
Condit is a terrific, well-rounded fighter, but I think St-Pierre is hungry to prove something, and I believe he's going to either knockout or submit Condit sometime in the 3rd round.
Hector Lombard Will Lose Again
His debut at UFC 149 was one of the most anticipated debuts in UFC history and it ended in great disappointment.
Lombard lost a boring decision to Tim Boetsch and the usual deadly striker seemed uninterested in trying to get inside and didn't push forward at all in the fight.
Lombard will now more than likely fight Mark Munoz, and I believe he will lose another decision.
Forrest Griffin-Stephan Bonnar III Wll Happen; Then, Both Will Retire
Around October, it'll be announced that White will allow Griffin and Bonnar to fight once more and at the conclusion, both men will call it a career.
All Strikeforce Talent Will Merge with UFC in October
Rousey will fight and defeat Sarah Kaufman in August and Cormier will finish whomever is put in front of him in September.
After that, Dana White and Zuffa will do everything they need to and pull the plug on Showtime and Strikeforce.
They will buyout the Showtime contract and acquire all the Strikeforce talent and the UFC will end the year featuring many of Strikeforce's best fighting inside the Octagon.
Dan Henderson-Shogun Rua II Will Happen for Light Heavyweight Championship
Hendo will defeat Jones and become Light Heavyweight Champion as I mentioned in an earlier slide and Shogun Rua will finish Brandon Vera early in their fight in August.
Dana White will then announce that we will see a rematch of one of the most exciting fights in UFC history when Henderson-Shogun II happens in December for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.
Ronda Rousey-Cris Cyborg Will Happen in UFC
At least for right now, this will be the biggest "Superfight" in women's MMA history and there is no way Dana lets it happen in Strikeforce.
When Strikeforce merges completely with the UFC in October as mentioned earlier, the first major fight made will be the UFC's first ever female bout between the two biggest names in women's MMA.
Ronda Rousey vs. Cris Cyborg will headline the final card of 2012 and will end the year with a very loud bang.