Is this card cursed or what? Just about every bout from the main event to the prelims has changed in one form or another due to injury or what not. Honestly I am not too excited by any fights in its current form and it is maybe a rare skip for me. We’ll see. Here are my picks just for the record.
Rashad Evans vs Tito Ortiz
Rashad Evans by Judges’ Decision
I can’t believe all the people jumping on Tito Ortiz’s bandwagon again after the (lucky?) knockout of Ryan Bader. But those people are quick to forget he had not won a fight for like 5 years prior. Similarly there are lot of people who underestimate Rashad Evans. He only lost once in his career and I can’t see him losing to Tito Ortiz in any shape or form.
Vitor Belfort vs Yoshihiro Akiyama
Vitor Belfort by Judges’ Decision
Akiyama is a huge superstar in Japan but with the UFC he has been mostly a bust. Still he is 3/3 for Fight of the Night honors so that has to account for something. Despite Belfort getting knocked out by Anderson Silva’s front snap kick, I am not counting him out yet. He is a legend, The Phenom. Akiyama is going to be hard to finish but I am hoping for just one more a highlight reel knockout from Belfort.
Dennis Hallman vs Brian Ebersole
Dennis Hallman by Submission in the Second
Brian Ebersole shocked the world beating Chris Lytle the last time around and he faces another mid- carder in Superman Dennis Hallman, who is perhaps best known for beating Matt Hughes twice and knocking out Karo Parisyan out of the UFC. This fight is honestly a coin flip but I am not quite sold on Ebersole just yet so the safer pick by a slim margin is Hallman, who has a bunch of submission wins under his belt.
Jorge Rivera vs Costantinos Philippou
Jorge Rivera by Knockout in the Second
Speaking of cursed, Jorge Rivera vs Alessio Sakara has been delayed due to injuries a couple of times already and it is probably not going to happen for quite some time (if ever). I don’t know too much about Costantinos Philippou but I assume this is Jorge Rivera’s fight to lose against the last minute replacement.
Rory MacDonald vs Mike Pyle
Rory MacDonald by Judges’ Decision
Rory MacDonald is one of the more promising prospects in the UFC welterweight division and he faces a tough test in the veteran Mike Pyle. MacDonald is the favorite here as he often described as the new breed of MMA fighters, who train specifically in MMA and excels in all aspects of the game, a far cry from the one trick ponies of yesteryear. MacDonald lost against Carlos Condit so this is a must win if he wants to keep the momentum.
I got Matt The Hammer Hamill, Chad Mendes, Ivan Menjivar, Johny Hendricks, Mike Brown and Rafael Natal in the prelims.