UFC 130 Fight Card: Predictions for Fight, Submission, and KO of the Night

Jason Schielke@jasonschielkeCorrespondent IMay 28, 2011

UFC 130 Fight Card: Predictions for Fight, Submission, and KO of the Night

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    With UFC 130 about to finally kick off less than 24 hours from now, there is little analysis or predictions left to be done for this particular card.

    However, nobody has yet took a gander to predict who will be taking home those big, fat submission, knockout, and fight of the night bonuses.


    While most have been critical of this card and its lack of intriguing fights, there could be a few surprises in store for us tomorrow night.

    Even though the main event leaves much to be desired, the rest of the undercard has a few pretty interesting fights that could turn out to be entertaining.

    Anyway, enough of that. Now on to the predictions.

Submission of the Night: Jorge Santiago

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    At first, I was leaning towards Frank Mir earning this honor. But after a little thought, the whole grappler vs grappler fight turning in to a stand-up battle trend scarred me away.

    Brian Stann is a beast on his feet. He proved in his last bout against Chris Leben that he carried his knockout power with him down to middleweight.

    But Stann will be in some trouble if this fight hits the mat.

    Santiago has proven that he can hold his own on his feet. Once he weathers the early storm and gets the fight to the mat, look for Jorge to work his sick ground game and pull off the submission that will not only earn him the victory, but some extra pocket change as well.

Knockout of the Night: Rampage Jackson

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    As the fight comes closer and closer to going down, Rampage is beginning to look more motivated to go out and put on a fight for the fans.

    Matt Hamill is a great person, and an inspirational figure in the sport. However, at this stage of his career, he doesn't have what it takes to hang with elite opposition.

    Even at this stage of his career, Rampage is still an elite light heavyweight. Expect Jackson to end this fight in concussive fashion in the second round.

    Then the rich will get richer.

Fight of the Night: Miguel Torres vs. Demetrious Johnson

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    The pocket rockets will steal the show at UFC 130.

    Mighty Mouse is young and hungry.

    Torres is eager to fight his way back to the top of the 135 lb. mountain.

    With as deep as the bantamweight division is, both these guys need impressive performance to get their names thrown towards the top of the division and get in to title contention.

    Based on their past performances, expect nothing less than a knock out, drag out war between these two.