UFC is back with UFC 103: Belfort vs Franklin, I did reasonably well on my predictions for UFC 102, here's hoping it will continue! Let's get to the predictions:
Hermes Franca vs. Tyson Griffin
Now, I understand that Tyson Griffin is a "good" fighter; he knows how to win. But everyone please forgive me for considering him a boring fighter. Yes, his fighters are always fought at a relentless pace, but they are so predictable.
You just can't count on him to finish a fight. He lacks that killer instinct. So what's so exciting about his fights when you know that anything he lands will not put his opponent in danger of being finished? Having said all that and not wanting to waste another sentence on this guy, I predict that Tyson Griffin will win via Unanimous Decision.
Josh Koscheck vs. Frank Trigg
This fight could either be boring or be damn exciting, you just never know with Koscheck's fights. Frank Trigg probably has an edge in experience and toughness, but Koscheck probably has a better rear naked choke defense haha. Seriously though, this is Koscheck's fight to lose.
They have very similar backgrounds but Koscheck is younger and more explosive. I see this fight being won by Koscheck via TKO Round three.
Martin Kampmann vs. Paul Daley
I remember about a year ago Dana was saying in an interview how injury prone Mike Swick is and that's the primary reason why he had not been booked in any major fights during his time in the UFC. This time, the injury curse has struck again and it substantially changed the title picture in UFC's 170lb weight class.
Martin Kampmann probably wants to beat up Mike Swick more than before since his potential shot at the title is gone because of Swick's injury. However, tonight he will need to get past Daley which should not be a problem. I believe Martin Kampmann has a striking background and so does Daley.
What makes Kampmann a better fighter though is his ground skills. He's got good submissions, good enough for finish a guy like Daley anyway. Daley's advantage in this fight could be his power, not saying he's got great power, but he is probably more powerful than Kampmann.
However, if Daley starts to gain the upper hand in the striking battle, look for Kampmann to take it to the ground and win by Submission in Round two.
Junior Dos Santos vs. Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic
Many people think this is a showcase fight for JDS. I can understand why, but personally I would like to see Cro Cop pull out a win and I believe he is capable of doing just that. JDS' biggest win in the UFC was over Werdum who didn't really look in shape anyway.
Cro Cop has been in more battles and possibly still has better kicks. Who's got better hands, I don't know. I feel Cro Cop has good straight punches and JDS has better hooks. I don't expect it to go to the ground and Cro Cop will win via KO in Round one.
Rich Franklin vs. Vitor Belfort
Not much to say about this fight that hasn't been said already. Rich is an extremely tough guy and that's about it. He has got technical flaws which he doesn't seem to be able or willing to fix, but his toughness has carried him to over 20 wins and only four losses.
Three of his losses, though, came by knockout in the hands of the top two Brazilian fighters in the world. While I don't think Belfort has proved that he's up there with those two, stylistically this is a bad fight for Franklin.
Belfort's combination of hand speed and knockout power will be something that Franklin will not be able to handle. If you ask me, it will just be a matter of when Belfort will land that one punch and knocks Franklin out.
Here's hoping Franklin will survive Round One and Belfort will win via KO in Round Two.