UFC 91: Breaking It Down

John StrauserContributor INovember 7, 2008

We are just eight days out from UFC 91, so let's get into the pay-per-view fights.


Amir Sadollah vs Nick Catone

Coming off his success on The Ultimate Fighter, Amir is given this as a tune-up match.  Post Ultimate Fighter has shown us that the champions are generally given a couple 'gimmie' matches to help propel them to super-stardom. 

Nick Catone is making his UFC debut and is 5-0 overall.  UFC brass is hoping that Amir can pull off a victory and help build upon the fan base he created during season seven of the hit series. 

Look for Amir to pull out the victory by submission and get his overall record to 2-0.  Yes, in just his second professional fight, he is on the main card of a UFC PPV, very impressive.


Demian Maia vs Nate Quarry 

A world class Brazilan jiu-jitsu fighter against a heavy hitter. They say styles make fights, and this one is a classic case of just that. 

Maia is 8-0, with six submissions, including all three of his UFC fights. Quarry is 10-2 with six of his victories from TKOs. 

Maia is one of the best submission fighters not only in the UFC, but in the world, yet that doesn't guarantee him a victory.  Quarry packs a helluva punch and has excellent wrestling ability. I expect Quarry to maintain an excellent sprawl and be able to keep this fight standing. 

Quarry, who is the underdog, should be able to pick up another TKO.


Gabriel Gonzaga vs Josh Hendricks

When the main event features the return of one of the most beloved fighters in history and one of the biggest draws in history, you don't really need a great undercard.

This fight gets PPV status for no reason other than there isn't much else to choose from.  Gonzaga was Couture's last opponent and has gone 1-1 since then.  Hendricks is making is UFC debut.

Gonzaga is a good striker and has world class jiu-jitsu skills.  He will be too much for the newcomer and pick up a TKO by the end of the first round.


Joe Stevenson vs Kenny Florian

This has all the ingredients to end up as the fight of the night. Joe Daddy  is coming off a submission victory at UFC 86, and Kenflo picked up the unanimous decision over Roger Huerta at UFC 87

Both of these guys are big time fighters, and easily in the top five of their division.  A win here will propel Kenflo to the title shot he desperately seeks.  He has been on a tear since losing to Sean Sherk, going 5-0 with four stoppages.  Joe Daddy on the other hand, got demolished by BJ Penn in January and didn't look that good against Gleison Tibau before picking up the win.

Kenny Florian deserves a title shot and will prove that with a victory here.  Expect this fight to be a barn burner and KenFlo to pick up the decision.


Randy Couture vs Brock Lesnar 

Talk about being in the right place at the right time.  With only three professional fights under his belt, Brock Lesnar is not only headlining a PPV, but also receiving a title shot. 

Does he deserve it?  No.  Will the UFC make a ton of money off of this? Hell yes!

Lesnar is 1-1 in the UFC and now gets the chance to fight one of the greatest fighters in it's history.  Lesnar is big and powerful and most likely the best wrestler in the sport, but he is young in regards to his time in the sport and Couture will capitalize on that. 

Couture is making his return after an almost 15-month layoff.  He has proven time and again that he should not be counted out.  He has fought big, strong guys in the past (Tim Sylvia and Gabriel Gonzaga) so he knows what to expect.  If anyone can come up with the perfect gameplan against Brock Lesnar, its this guy.

Look for Couture's conditioning to be the major factor in this fight.  He'll probably spend 1-2 rounds underneath Lesnar but not taking any major damage.  When Lesnar begins to tire, look for "The Natural" to start picking him apart.  If he gets the stoppage, it will be late fourth round, early fifth, but most likely will take home the victory by decision.


Sure Brock and Randy are the main event, but its not even the fight I'm looking forward to the most. 

The undercard features two up and coming welterweights in Dustin Hazelett vs Tamdan McCrory—two fighters that go non-stop and know how to win a fight. 

This deserves to be on the PPV over the Sadollah or Gonzaga fights, and hopefully we'll get to see it if time permits.