Thursday, November 15, 2012

Predict the Hangover: UFC 154 & Bellator 81

Lots of MMA action this weekend.  I've got my choices highlighted bolded in red.

In the Minor leagues we have Bellator 81 with the following match-ups:

Rich Clementi vs. Marcin Held - crafty veteran with underrated wrestling gets it done, perhaps with a submission
  • Dave Jansen vs. Ricardo Tirloni - Jansen has looked impressive and better each consecutive fight. His wrestling base and solid striking will have him battering Tirloni who gets hit a bit too much to win a decision against Jansen
  • Dustin Neace vs. Marlon Sandro - The KO specialist will pick apart and finish the tough guy Neace

    In the Majors we have the UFC 154, eh? With ze Canadien GSP vs Carlos "normally I'm aggressive and try to finish fights" Condit:

  • MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)

    • Champ Georges St-Pierre vs. interim champ Carlos Condit (welterweight-title unification)
    I think GSP pulls it together after a tentative stalking affair in the first round with some shoulder love/pressing Condit against the cage. My biggest concern is a fluke scenario like when he came out flat against Serra. 
    • Johny Hendricks vs. Martin Kampmann
    I see Hendricks blowing his load if when he hurts Kampmann. Granted Hendricks is a finisher, but Kampmann showed against Ellenberger he can weather the storm and get the tap later on with just one mistake in a transition.
          Tom Lawlor vs. Francis Carmont
      Lawlor has blown each one of his big stage opportunities in recent memory that I can recall. He'll do the same thing here, get overzealous, blow his load, and then get caught.
      Constantinos Philippou vs. Nick Ring
    Ring wins by his awkward plodding, pick you apart style
    • Mark Hominick vs. Pablo Garza
    Hominick picks apart the less damage withstanding Pablo Garza
    • Patrick Cote vs. Alessio Sakara
    Cote by tougher chin and more well-rounded game
    • Cyrille Diabate vs. Chad Griggs
    Gravedigger by tougher chin and more grinding pressure style

    John Makdessi vs. Sam Stout
      Stout by better stand-up and sharper striking via Decision

      Mark Bocek vs. Rafael dos Anjos
    Anjos by more varies stand-up attack, decent wrestling and busier in the clinch.

    PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 6 p.m. ET)

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