I am very excited for UFC 114 like many of you are.
The main event has to be one of the biggest grudge matches to happen in the UFC. The May 29th card features many big names including Michael Bisping, Todd Duffee, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, and Diego Sanchez. Here are my breakdowns and predictions of each fight.
Main Event - Quinton "Rampage" Jackson (30-7) vs. "Sugar" Rashad Evans (14-1-1)
Probably the biggest grudge match in MMA history is going to happen May 29th when Rampage and Rashad enter the Octagon.
This fight is a hard fight to pick in my mind. Rashad is a great wrestler from MSU, but Rampage has shown he can hold his own against an Olympic wrestler, Dan Henderson. Some may argue that Henderson and Rashad are different style wrestlers, which they are, but I still feel that Rampage will be able to stop most takedowns and get up quickly when he is taken down.
Now, in the striking game, I say Rampage has an advantage, especially after we saw Machida embarrass Rashad in the stand-up game. Rampage may not have the best technical boxing, but he has enough to handle Rashad.
The way I see this fight going is Rashad trying to use his speed and wrestling to grind out a decision , but i see Rampage eventually catching him and either KO or TKO him.
Prediction : Rampage via TKO in third round
Co-Main Event - Michael "The Count" Bisping (18-3) vs. Dan Miller (11-3, 1 NC)
Bisping is coming off of his decision loss to Wanderlei Silva and Miller is coming off of back-to-back losses to Maia and Sonnen. I see this as the UFC giving Bisping a redemption fight after his last loss.
Miller is a sumbission specialist with a black belt in BJJ, his only chance to win this fight is by getting it to the ground and tapping out The Count. Bisping is no slouch on the ground, though—he has very good BJJ. There's no doubt in my mind that Bisping wants to keep it standing and go for the knockout.
Prediction: Bisping via decision
Todd Duffee (6-0) vs. Mike Russow (12-1, 1 NC)
Todd Duffee has shown his power in his UFC debut with his record-setting seven-second KO of Tim Hague. Duffee is 6-0 with six knockouts and three of them in under 20 seconds, he has to be one of the most explosive fighters in the UFC.
His opponent, Mike Russow, is also a fighter who finishes his opponents quickly, but he doesn't do it in the striking game, he has great submission skills and he has eight submission victories in his professional career. If this fight stays on the feet, then in my mind Todd Duffee should easily take this fight.
Prediction: Todd Duffee via KO in second round
Antonio Rogerio "Minotoro" Nogueira (18-3) vs Jason "The Hitman" Brilz (18-2-1)
Lil Nog was scheduled to have his second fight in the UFC against TUF 1 winner Forrest Griffin, but Griffin had to pull out due to injury. Brilz may have an impressive record, but has no wins over top competition. Brilz has good ground game and has a background in high school and collegiate wrestling, and a majority of his wins came via submission. I still don't think that's enough to take out Lil Nog who has a black belt in BJJ and has very good boxing.
Prediction: Nogueira via KO in first round
Diego "The Nightmare" Sanchez (21-3) vs John Hathaway (12-0)
Diego is coming off of the most one-sided loss of his career when he fought against then champion BJ Penn. Diego has moved back up to welterweight and now is set to fight John Hathaway who is still a relative newcomer who has no wins over top competition, this is his chance to shine and prove himself. I feel " The Nightmare" will be to much for Hathaway and get an easy win.
Prediction: Sanchez via submission in 3rd round
Let me know what you think.