Monday, August 18, 2014

All the UFC's This Weekend!: UFC Fight Night 48: Bisping vs Le, UFC Fight Night 49: Henderson vs Ros Anjos - Picks and Prognostications

This weekend shall be busy.
I work my side job Friday night until 2am; supervising adults who don't always act like adults while they socialize and perform the inebriated version of the mating dance. Then I wake up and head to Virginia Beach for US Grappling's all day affair there.

If you're a purple belt featherweight, come compete!
US Grappling is hands down one of the best tournament experiences I continually have as a competitor.

I'll be refereeing as well.

That night, I'm taking a rare night off from my side job and will be enjoying UFC Fight Night 49: Benson Henderson vs Rafael Dos Anjos. That morning, however, from Macau, there will be UFC Fight Night 48: Bisping vs Le with a full card of fights as well (though the names you'll recognize prove sparse indeed).
There's some interesting climbing the ladder or go to the back of the line type stuff occurring throughout the day.
Bisping comes back from an injury layoff and Le gets a real fight, not just a crowd pleaser type one for us to see his wild kicks and such.

Onto the picks and prognostications!
I'm actually having a tough time calling Bisping vs Le. Le is a sharpshooter and any kick could end it, but Bisping's wrestling has continually improved since he graduated from TUF. I'm gonna go with Le by split decision for laughs.
Woodley dropped the ball in his last outing, but Kim's haphazard swing for the fences style of late (see his fight with Erick Silva) will get him taken down endlessly by Woodley so I'm going with Woodley by decision.
I literally have no idea who the other guys on this card are so they're all a toss up for me.

UFC Fight Night 48: Bisping vs Le
"main CARD
UFC Fight Pass, 9 a.m. ET
Michael Bisping vs.                                                                                                                                                                                                       Cung Le     

Ning Guangyou vs. Jianping Yang
"TUF: China" featherweight tourney final

I like Dos Anjos but he has dropped the ball when he's moved up in competition and Benson's ability to win the majority of rounds by narrowest of margins is historically proven. I'll go with Benson in a close affair where he wins 4 out of 5 rounds.
Mein will falter against Mike Pyle who has the grappling chops to stifle Jordan Mein, but Mein has some slick transitions and submissions he goes for, but I think Pyle will get on top 2 out of 3 rounds and grind out Mein.
Leites will have trouble with Carmont who even Jacare couldn't finish from back control and significant time on top. I see Carmont picking apart Leites and getting a stoppage in round 3.
Max Holloway by decision.
Beneil Dariush will rebound from his last loss and finish some guy I've never heard of in the first or second round.
Killa-B has come back from the B-squad in Bellator (and some entertaining scraps) and will blow out some guy I've never heard of who doesn't have as much experience on bigger stages.

UFC Fight Night 49: Henderson vs Dos Anjos
"main CARD
FOX Sports 1, 10 p.m. ET
preliminary CARD
FOX Sports 2, 8 p.m. ET

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