On August 3rd the WEC will have one of its biggest cards ever which will include Jamie Varner and Carlos Condit defending their titles. This should be their moment to prove their the best. Not so fast. This might be a good time to place bets on the underdog.
First, we'll start with Varner vs. Hicks. Hicks is riding high with confidence after a long string of big time victories including one where he spoiled the Tapout crews boy Sergio Gomez in the WEC. Marcus has shown fantastic submissions and has 6 wins by way of tapout, mostly by guillotine choke. He also has 3 knockouts and one decision, so any way you slice it he finishes fights.
Varner is much more seasoned holding a 14-2 record with one loss coming at the hands of Hermes Franca in the UFC. Varner is certainly no slouch. He has solid takedowns and much improved striking as he displayed in the McCoulough fight. This one will be a war.
In the end I see Hicks taking the belt. He is a lighter Jeff Monson, he's mean, strong, and talented. I see him tearing one of Jamie's limbs off with his powerful frame. Maybe a KO in round 1 or a submission in the 2nd. Take your pick.
Next, there is the Condit vs. Hiromitsu Miura. Who is this Miura guy anyway? He is a vet who has fought all over the world in a number of different organizations and has always performed stellarly. He has very good submission skills and with 5 TKO wins, has quick, crisp hands to go with it. His only loss in the WEC was to Mayhem Miller.
Condit is well known for his submission skills and he also has soem solid skills. Condit, however talented has not faced top level competition since a little over 2 years ago when he managed to beat legendary welterweight Frank Trigg.
In this one I still give it to Condit. I do believe Miura could pull it off, but its hard to see it happening when Condit is on this kind of streak. Not a bad bet to take though considering the odds. I take Condit by submission in round 1.
I don't often give the WEC credit, but this card may shape up to be exciting after all.