By Josh Reese
Today the fight for the right to be the undisputed Welterweight champion in the UFC will be fought. Lots of other very important fights will go down today Kampmann vs Hendricks and Steven Siler vs Darren Elkins to name a few. These are how I think the fights will go down
PPV Main card
Welterweight – Georges St-Pierre (22-2) (C) vs. Carlos Condit (28-5) (IC)
I got GSP walking away in a close 5 round split decision, has really dominated for a long time but the over year long wait since his last fight gives Condit an advantage. If it ends early it’s because Condit stopped it if it goes the distance it’s GSP’s
GSP – S/D
Welterweight – Martin Kampmann (20-5) vs. Johny Hendricks (13-1)
Hands and durability vs. Hand and wrestling…. You can make a case that both guys could have lost their last fight. Kampmann has the ability to recover and even if Hendricks lands a clean shot I am not sure Kampmann would stay down….
Kampmann – TKO 3rd
Middleweight – Francis Carmont (19-7) vs. Tom Lawlor (8-4-1NC)
Fun loving Tom Lawlor has a very tough test ahead of him, Carmont huge and very skilled trains with the great GSP in Tri-Star. Hard time picking Lawlor, Carmont on the other hand I can see winning a lot of different ways..
Carmont – Sub 2nd
Middleweight – Nick Ring (13-1) vs. Costa Philippou (11-2-1NC)
These guys only have 3 losses between them, that is not bad in the rough and tumble 185 pound division. They are both on the outside of the top 20 and with a win move on in comfortably to the top 20. Both good boxer’s but the edge goes to Philippou but ever so slightly
Philippou – Dec
Featherweight – Mark Hominick (20-11) vs. Pablo Garza (11-3)
Man such high hoops for these two guys, but now both guys could be fighting for their UFC life’s on this card. Hominick good boxer and kickboxer, Garza a lanky Jiu-Jitsu user…..
Graza – Sub 3rd
Preliminary Card (FX)
Middleweight – Patrick Cote (17-8) vs. Alessio Sakara (15-9-1NC)
Oh yeah, stand up war with guys fighting for their life’s both guys below average in the UFC, both guys have a losing record in the UFC. They want to stay they have to impress the boss the only problem is with leather being slung around the ring a lucky shot could end the fight.
Cote – TKO 1st
Light Heavyweight – Cyrille Diabate (18-8-1) vs. Chad Griggs (11-2)
This should be a very interesting stand up war between to sluggers, Diabate a huge kickboxer will be fighting a small heavyweight making the drop. Griggs can suffer and eat punishment on way to knocking out his opponent.
Griggs – KO 1st
Lightweight – Mark Bocek (11-4) vs. Rafael dos Anjos (17-6)
Both guys are BJJ guys and it should be a slick contest, with lots of grappling and take downs. Experience will not be an issue between these two guys.
Anjos – Dec
Lightweight – Sam Stout (18-7-1) vs. John Makdessi (9-2)
Not much to say about this fight…. Slam dunk win for Stout
Stout – KO 1st
Preliminary Card (Facebook)
Featherweight – Antonio Carvalho (14-5) vs. Rodrigo Damm (10-5)
Little bit of a miss match Damm got the win in Brazil but that was against an really bad fighter, Carvalho on the other hand has faced top talent and has good hands…
Carvalho –TKO 2nd
Welterweight – Matthew Riddle (6-3-1NC) vs. John Maguire (18-4)
Maguire is coming of a short lay off fighting a little over a month ago and will want to put on a show, Riddle on the other hand should have lost his fight to Martinez.
Maguire – Dec
Bantamweight – Ivan Menjivar (24-9) vs. Azamat Gashimov (7-1)
On paper Gashimov is way out his league in this fight and….. He still is way out of his league in the ring, Menjivar wins going away..
Sub – 1st
Featherweight – Steven Siler (21-9) vs. Darren Elkins (14-2)
One of the most underrated fights on the card both guys riding high on win streaks, Elkins has the better wins and is undefeated at 145.
Elkins – Dec