UFC 125 Predictions: Frankie Edgar-Gray Maynard and The Rest of The Card
UFC 125 features plenty of intriguing matchups.
Fans who tune in for Saturday night's card at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas will see a rematch between Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard in the main event.
Maynard (11-0, 1 no-contest) handed Edgar (13-1) his only loss, and has said he deserves the lightweight championship which Edgar won last year over BJ Penn.
The co-headliner is a potentially explosive bout between middleweights Chris Leben (21-6) and Brian Stann (9-3).
While Edgar-Maynard may be more of a technical fight, Leben and Stann should bring the action.
There are also two other fights that feature complicated stylistic matchups, with Nate Diaz (13-5) facing Dong Hyun Kim (13-0-1, 1 no contest) from Korea, and fan favorite Clay Guida (27-8) taking on Takanori Gomi (32-6, 1 no-contest).
Who will win? Time to find out.
There are plenty of other fights on the card, too. So time to throw out predictions. Feel free to join in. Try to keep it classy, UFC fans, and don't get personal. Calling your shot should be fun.
Lightweights: Jacob Volkmann (11-2) Vs. Antonio McKee (25-3-2)
The 40-year-old McKee has fought mostly in Canada, and been known for his conservative ground game and tremendous wrestling ability.
Look for McKee (pictured, right) to grind away at Volkmann, who must find a way to neutralize McKee's wrestling skills.
Prediction: McKee by submission.
Welterweights: Daniel Roberts (11-1) Vs. Greg Soto (8-1)
Soto is an aggressive fighter who likes to take down opponents, then do his damage on the ground. Accomplishing that with Roberts (pictured) will be extremely difficult.
Look for Roberts' submission game to play a factor in this fight. At UFC 121 in October, he used an anaconda choke to win a first-round submission over Mike Guymon.
Prediction: Roberts by submission.
Featherweights: Mike Brown (24-6) Vs. Diego Nunes (15-1)
It's a matchup of two former WEC fighters. Brown won his first four fights in the WEC before losing to current champ Jose Aldo. Nunes was 4-1, his wins coming by decision. His only loss was last year to L.C. Davis.
Both enter with different strengths: Nunes has a tremendous stand-up game, while Brown's got amazing punching power and great wrestling ability.
Prediction: Brown (pictured) by decision.
Middleweights: Phil Baroni (13-12) Vs. Brad Tavares (6-0)
Baroni is the definite underdog here, and he will need to fight at a steady pace to pull out a win.
Tavares, though, has a slight edge when it comes to talent, and he may do just enough to come away victorious.
Prediction: Tavares (pictured) by decision.
Featherweights: Josh Grispi (14-1) Vs. Dustin Poirier (8-1)
The 22-year-old Grispi (pictured) is one of the sport's most promising young fighters, but has only fought four times in the last two years due to injury.
He is by far more talented than Poirier, who hasn't faced anyone at Grispi's level. Poirier has sounded plenty confident, and believes he has a shot, but this is a huge mismatch if we've ever seen one.
Prediction: Grispi by TKO.
Lightweights: Marcus Davis (17-7) Vs. Jeremy Stephens (18-6)
These two 155-pounders definitely won't hold back. Davis has great technique, movement and speed, and it will be put to the test against the younger Stephens, who won't be afraid to stand and trade.
Expect this to be one of the more action-packed fights on the card.
Prediction: Davis by decision.
Lightweights: Clay Guida (27-8) Vs. Takanori Gomi (32-6, 1 No Contest)
If you've watched Clay Guida, you know he doesn't mind getting a little bloody, but the UFC fan favorite has said the key to this fight will be wrestling.
Gomi has a good combination of speed and power, and usually tries to maneuver where he can land an anvil on opponents.
Guida needs to fight smart, and avoid leaving any opportunity for Gomi to land any power punches.
Prediction: Guida by decision.
Welterweights: Nate Diaz (13-5) Vs. Dong Hyun Kim (13-0-1, 1 No Contest)
Diaz is the more talented of the two fighters, but this could be a nightmare for him on two levels.
Kim, a native of Korea, has an unorthodox ground game, and prefers to fight conservatively. He also said he's studied Diaz and plans to bring him a variety of looks, and switch up his attack.
Diaz could win, but a victory here may not move him high up the welterweight rankings, but a loss could be devastating too.
If Diaz stays patient, he'll grind out a win here.
Prediction: Diaz by decision.
Light Heavyweights: Brandon Vera (11-5) Vs. Thiago Silva (14-2)
Both are coming off long layoffs. Silva hasn't fought since August because of a back injury, and Vera lost to Jon Jones in March.
Vera has an edge in height and reach, but Silva will need to stay aggressive and press the fight.
Silva received criticism for how he looked against Rashad Evans, but if this goes to the ground and he stays in control, he could pound away and pull out a victory. Vera, however, is great on his back.
There's lots on the line here for both, with the winner remaining relevant in the division.
Prediction: Vera by submission.
Middleweights: Chris Leben (21-6) Vs. Brian Stann (9-3)
If you're looking for a Fight of the Night candidate, you've come to the right place. Stann, a former Iraqi war veteran, is the underdog but knows a win here could prove he is a legitimate contender in the division.
Both are power punchers, and aggressive fighters. Leben has won three straight entering the fight, and Stann has won three of his last four fights, his only loss by decision to former NCAA wrestling champ Phil Davis.
Prediction: Leben by TKO.
Lightweights: Frankie Edgar (13-1) Vs. Gray Maynard (11-0, 1 No Contest)
The rematch is finally here. Maynard definitely is the taller of the two fighters, and will try and take Edgar down. Edgar needs to stay smart, and use his speed and skill here, and not turn this into a wrestling match like in their first fight.
If Edgar keeps this fight standing up, he'll go on to win, but Maynard will capture his belt if he's able to take him down.
The champ has become a more complete fighter since their first fight, and it will be obvious.
Prediction: Edgar by decision.