In the famous words of the voice of the Octagon Bruce Buffer, "It...is...time!"
UFC 100 is this Saturday and has an amazing card of fights. I will start with the fight matchups and my opinions, and i encourage any comments that you may have on the topic.
Heavyweight Championship Fight—Brock Lesnar (Champion) vs. Frank Mir (Challenger)
In their first fight against each other at UFC 81 (the event which catapulted me over the top into an avid UFC fan), Frank Mir stunned the crowd with a kneebar on the former WWE superstar.
This time around, I see a similar result (Frank Mir wins by submission), but I believe the fight will last longer than 90 seconds as it did at UFC 81. Mir by submission.
Welterweight Championship Fight—Georges St. Pierre (Champion) vs. Thiago Alves (Challenger)
If you have watched the promo commercials to UFC 100, you have heard the phrase being thrown around that this is St. Pierre's toughest test. I believe it will be. I'm not going so far as to say Alves will be victorious, but I do see 25 minutes of fighting coming down to a decision. GSP by decision.
Middleweight Fight—Michael Bisping vs. Dan Henderson
As tradition goes, the two fighters of the most recent The Ultimate Fighter reality show will fight each other after the finale has aired. This time however, it's more than just coach vs. coach...it's nation vs. nation.
Team UK won both weight classes of the show, so can Henderson tip the scales back to respectability with a convincing win over "The Count"?
My prediction says that if Henderson can "out-wrestle" Bisping then he can win a decision (flashback to his win over Rich Franklin), but otherwise I see the faster and younger Brit winning via TKO. Bisping by TKO.
Welterweight Fight—Jon Fitch vs. Paulo Thiago
Jon Fitch continues his climb back to contender status against a relative newcomer to the UFC. In Thiago's UFC debut, he caught Josh Koscheck with an uppercut that rocked Koscheck and Thiago finished the fight soon after.
In my opinion, it was kind of a lucky shot as he had not landed an effective strike up until that point. Jon Fitch had won 9 consecutive fights in the UFC before losing a decision to GSP for the title. With all that being said, Jon Fitch via strikes.
Middleweight Fight—Alan Belcher vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama
I don't want to get over my head on this bout, since I have no background on Akiyama except for his Wikipedia page. Alan Belcher is a decent fighter, but I still believe he has yet to challenge a higher-echelon middleweight fighter (Henderson, Bisping, Maia, Marquardt to name a few). Got to go with Belcher by decision.
Thanks for reading. Here are my prelim picks to close it off. Enjoy the fights.
Stephan Bonnar vs. Mark Coleman
Jim Miller vs. Mac Danzig
Jake O'Brien vs. Jon Jones
Dong Hyun Kim vs. TJ Grant
C.B. Dollaway vs. Tom Lawlor
Shannon Gugerty vs. Matt Grice
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