The upcoming UFC 126 is one of the biggest cards since I’ve been following the sport. You have legends, rising stars, and dominating champs. I’ve been really excited for this card which means one of two things: 1. It will be full of boring decisions or 2. I will get screwed out of seeing it for some reason. I am only picking a the main card and a few others. Some I don’t give a shit about, others I don’t give a shit about.
Paul Taylor Vs. Gabe Ruediger
This one is a pretty easy choice. I am picking Ruediger to win the eating contest by 3 cakes, but unfortunately for “Godzilla” this is MMA and Paul Taylor is going to punch the 3 cake margin right out of him. Taylor by TKO, Round 2
Kid Yamamoto Vs. Demetrious Johnson
This is Yamamoto’s first fight in the Octagon which hasn’t been too kind on Japanese imports (See Sexyama, Caol Uno). Johnson has the better nickname with Mighty Mouse, and better wins in recent fights. Two years ago I would be picking Kid all the way but I see it as a Decision win for Johnson.
Donald Cerrone Vs. Paul Kelly
I really like this fight. I really like Cerrone’s fighting style. I really like that Kelly is game every time he fights. All that usually adds up to for me is usually awkward spooning along the fence for 3 rounds. I still have faith that the Cowboy will come out guns blazing. Cerrone by choke in 1st.
Miguel Torres Vs. Antonio Banuelos
Torres is long, Banuelos is short. Torres has a mullet, Banuelos doesn’t. Torres didn’t lose for almost 5 years, Banuelos lost 3 times in that period and 2 times since. Torres is being more careful and strategic, I constantly underestimate Banuelos. Torres beats a very tough Banuelos in a Fight of the Night winning Decision
Jon Jones Vs. Ryan Bader
No one has ever heard of this guy Jon Jones. Hey, UFC, can we get some hype behind this guy already? Bader is a great wrestler, with developing stand up. Jones is very similar. Only Jones is much more explosive and athletic. Jones wins by TKO in Round 3 in a back and forth wrestling match.
Jake Ellenberger Vs. Carlos Eduardo Rocha
I believe that Carlos is related to the former lead singer of Rage Against the Machine, but that is pure speculation on my part. Honestly I think this is a case of the UFC setting up a young prospect against a solid name on a main card to build its roster. Ellenberger has looked good his last two fights and a win here would put him in the upper ranks to be mauled by GSP. Rocha has stopped all of his fights in the first round including his UFC debut against Kyle McCray. Rocha by Submission, who cares what round, it’s gonna happen some time in the 15 mins.
Rich Franklin Vs. Forrest Griffin
What to say here? Both possess great all around skills. I think Franklin will be the quicker, Forrest is probably stronger. Franklin is probably better on the feet, but Griffin has the better ground game. It is pretty much a push so I am gonna go with my gut. Forrest by Split Decision some how involving Cecil Peoples fuck up
Anderson Silva Vs. Vitor Belfort
I can’t pick against Anderson Silva. He proves time and time again that he’s not only better than you, but he can make you look like an idiot too. Vitor hasn’t even fought in the UFC middleweight division yet. He’s got great hands, he’s got good speed. Again he’s fighting the best striker in MMA. A striker who has submitted the likes of Dan Henderson, Chael Sonnen, and Travis Lutter. This could be a B.J. Penn vs. Frankie Edgar situation but I see no possible way Vitor wins. Anderson by KO, round 3
Strikeforce will some how fuck up their HW tournament. They already made one side tougher than the other. I just have a feeling that someone is gonna back out before it starts, and an injury will force someone else out, making them fill it in with Wes Sims and James Thompson