Nate Marquart vs Anderson Silva.
I know very little about Nate. I hear he has a ground game.
I know that Anderson Silva is a Muay Thai machine with fantastic clinch, knees, elbows and pin point accurate strikes with hands and feet. I know he destroyed an up and coming Chris Leben and a 20-1 Rich Franklin that no one thought would ever lose.
So I'm picking Silva?
Not on your life.
I also happen to know in his last fight a weakness was shown in Silva's armor and that's the ground game and a lack of takedown defense. A dehydrated and out of shape B-level fighter known as Travis Lutter took him down at will and rained down fists and elbows on a seemingly defenseless Silva.
Yes, Silva won the fight, but he won't win against Nate. Nate is going to take him to the mat and pound him out. I don't know what round, but I predict a savage beating, then a ref stoppage.
Alvin Robinson vs Ken Florian.
In Ken Florian's last outing he almost won the Lightweight championship. His opponent was Sean Sherk who is 32-2-1. His only losses coming from Matt Hughes and GSP. Both are phenomenal fighters. Two fights previous be demolished Sam Stout in a first round rear naked choke that was pure poetry from the opening bell.
Florian stops the fight early.
Rashad Evans Vs Tito Ortiz.
Okay, sure, Rashad is 10-0. Very impressive.
Tito Ortiz is a former light heavyweight champion with wins over Wanderlei Silva, Forrest Griffon, Guy Mezger, Evan Tanner, Vitor Belfort and more. His losses have come from Frank Shamrock, Randy Couture and Chuck Liddell.
Tito has beaten Legends.
He has lost to Legends.
His resume reads like a list of "Who's Who" in the Martial Arts world.
Rashad Evans 10 wins reads like a "Who's that?" in the MMA world.
Tito by brutal ground and pound.
Hermes Franca vs Sean Sherk
This is a toss up. Sean Sherk I mentioned above. I don't think he's ever fought anyone like Hermes Franca though.
Hermes Franca is on an 8 consecutive wins winning streak. His last opponent is someone I think is a great fighter, Spencer Fisher who he knocked out in the second round.
Hermes Franca has bombs at the end of his arms. One of them catches Sherk like it did Fisher and it's going to be light's out. If the fight goes to the ground Franca wins there as well. Of his last 8 fights five of them have been won by submissions. Armbar, Armbar, Triangle choke, Armbar, Armbar. Hell in his last eight fights not ONE of them has gone to a decision.
You face his bombs or you face an armbar. Your choice.
Sean Sherk is primarily an amazing wrestler. He is facing an opponent well versed in submission. His only chance is a boring lay n pray victory taking Franca down and just avoiding submission.
I'm not going to predict a winner in this one. I can only predict that it will be quick and violent if Franca wins and slow and boring if Sherk wins.
Heath Herring vs Antonio Nogueira
Nogueira by destruction. This isn't even a fight that should be on the card. Herring has zero chance in this fight.
Mike Nichels vs Stephan Bonner
First let me just say - "Who cares?"
Okay I care a little. Bonner took steroids and was caught. I hope he gets destroyed. Nickels is just kinda boring and so is Bonner so this fight is a snooze fest.
Jorge Gurgel vs Diego Saraiva
Chris Lytle vs Jason Gilliam
Lytle by destruction.
Frank Edgar vs Mark Bocek