Johny Hendricks goes for his 10th win and a shot at the Georges St. Pierre-Diaz winner, while two contenders from “The Ultimate Fighter” square off. Add the main event between St. Pierre and Diaz, and that should make this MMA night one to remember.
As Saturday approaches, it’s prediction time for these top bouts. Scroll down for picks and explanations.
Nick Diaz vs. Georges St. Pierre
This bout could get a little sloppy, as Diaz is returning from a 13-month suspension and St. Pierre returned from a yearlong rehab from injury in November, but overall should impress due to the clash of styles and personalities.
The buildup to this main event has echoed a WWE match, but nevertheless many MMA fans are waiting for the moment when St. Pierre puts Diaz down onto the canvas. St. Pierre is the more patient and experienced fighter, which will prove to be the difference.
Winner: St. Pierre
Johny Hendricks vs. Carlos Condit
I’m buying Hendricks’ motivation in this matchup, as he’ll face the winner of Diaz and St. Pierre.
Since Condit has a chance to take Hendricks out of his element with his length, Hendricks would be wise to use his wrestling prowess. Turning the fight into a wrestling match would be to Condit’s disadvantage, as he’s had trouble with dueling on the mat.
In the end, Hendricks has more to fight for and more skills to dispose of Condit.
Jake Ellenberger vs. Nate Marquardt
Marquardt gets a huge opportunity to take out Ellenberger and vault up not only the ranks but also the perception of UFC fans.
There’s a reason that Ellenberger is held in such high esteem though. I’m seeing a standing knockout in my crystal ball.
Chris Camozzi vs. Nick Ring
This matchup will provide some separation between two middleweights. These “Ultimate Fighters” will provide an entertaining matchup, as both are full of confidence from beating up lesser competition.
I like Ring’s ability to control his opponent on the mat, which is where this fight will conclude.
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