Who You Got?

Who You Got? (UFC Fight Night: Jacare vs. Brunson

The UFC returns to Charlotte when a submission specialist and a knockout artist contest in a rematch in the main event of the evening. Here are my picks and predictions for how all of the main card fights of the night will go down:

Drew Dober vs. Frank “The Crank” Camacho

This is going to be a fun one as two men who love to strike battle. Although Frank Camacho does have a decent Jiu-Jitsu background, I don’t see it being used as much here unless Camacho was able to somehow take Drew Dober down (or drop him). But here, I see Dober being the victor because of his knockout power. Both will probably stand a trade in the pocket which will result in Dober taking Camacho out with his Muay Thai strikes.

Predicted winner: Drew Dober via Knockout/Technical Knockout in Round 1

Jordan Rinaldi vs. Gregor “The Gift” Gillespie

Here we have another fun fight (mainly because of Gregor Gillespie). Jordan Rinaldi loves to push the pace and lunge at his opponents with striking combos. However, he as only fought so little in the last two years and can be very hittable at times. Gillespie, on the other hand, is a top-tier wrestler and can stand and bang with the best of them.This can leve him open to getting caught, however, but that may also lead to him getting a knockout early on. In the end I see him using his wrestling to grind his opponent and then getting the finish late in the fight.

Predicted winner: Gregor Gillespie via Knockout/Technical Knockout in Round 3

Dennis “The Menace” Bermudez vs. Andre “Touchy” Fili

This night is just full of fun fights. Both men here have the ability to knockout the other, but I see this one actually going the distance. At first, I was leaning towards Andre Fili getting the victory (especially since his teammate, Darren Elkins was able to beat Dennis Bermudez). However, I think Bermudez is going to use his wrestling to pressure and then land strikes every now and then on the feet to wear down Fili. Or a crazy knockout will occur, who knows? Still I see Bermudez getting the decision victory.

Predicted winner: Dennis Bermudez via Decision

Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza vs. Derek Brunson

This is a tough one to pick. In their last encounter, Ronaldo Souza knocked out Derek Brunson in the opening minute. Times change, however, as Brunson has shown great improvement in his striking. Jacare will have a hard time trying to knock him out. Also, Brunson is a superb wrestler, so taking him down is even harder. Jacare won’t be able to use his Jiu-Jitsu and his striking might not be enough to get the job done. I see Brunson getting the knockout win in this rematch similar to how Robert Whitaker was able to take Jacare out in their last fight.

Predicted winner: Derek Brunson via Knockout/Technical Knockout in Round 2

Who You Got?

Who You Got? (UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Hunt)

The UFC returns to Auckland when two of the hardest hitting heavyweights on the planet go head to head in the main event of the evening. Here are my picks and predictions for how all of the main card fights of the night will go down:

Alexander “The Great” Volkanovski vs. Mizuto “Pugnus” Hirota

This fight was clearly put together to show the capabilities of Alexander Volkanovski. Mizuto Hirota is the biggest underdog on this main card in my book. If he somehow pulls off the upset then it will be insane. However, I see “The Great” getting the nod on this one. His 14-1 record speaks for itself. “Pugnus” is hard to finish though, only suffering one submission loss and no knockout losses. This fight should go to decision in Vokanovski’s favor.

Predicted winner: Alexander Volkanovski via Decision

Tim Elliott vs. Ben “10” Nguyen

This may be fight of the night with two of the most talented fighters on the card going head-to-head. Their speed and technique is going to make it a competitive one. Tim Elliott has been impressive but I saw him barely winning his last fight. Although I am a fan of him I see Ben Nguyen taking this one. With both flyweights being generally hard to finish, I see this fight going all three rounds.

Predicted winner: Ben Nguyen via Decision

Ion “The Hulk” Cutelaba vs. Henrique “Frankenstein” da Silva

This is a bold prediction but I see this fight going the distance. Usually when two guys who have mostly knockout wins face eachother, I immediately think that someone is getting knocked out. But time and time again I have been proven wrong as both fighters would go on to slug it out until the final bell sounds. I see Henrique da Silva getting the victory, because of his impressive record, but don’t be surprised if nobody is put to sleep.

Predicted winner: Henrique da Silva via Decision

Dan “The Hangman” Hooker vs. Ross “The Real Deal” Pearson

This matchup is interesting. We have Dan Hooker who is a young and physically impressive fighter going up against elderly Ross Pearson who is a veteran in the sport. Hooker looks like the favorite and may have to use his speed to defeat Pearson but I see “The Real Deal” taking “The Hangman” to school on this one. Hooker has yet to beat anyone with the credentials such as Pearson and Pearson has defeated plenty of fighters such as Hooker. I could easily be proven wrong in this fight but I just see Pearson controlling the fight like a true veteran and getting the decision.

Predicted winner: Ross Pearson via Decision

Derek Brunson vs. Dan Kelly

Dan Kelly has been surprisingly on fire recently. He has taken ot some big names, such as Rashad Evans, and showed how skill can get him the win in all of his fights regardless of how strong or big his opponent is. Derek Brunson however is a knockout artist and just had an impressive showing against Anderson Silva. Kelly might put up a good fight but I see Brunson getting the KO with his immense power. I don’t see Kelly being able to use his skills to get out of this one but he may prove me wrong yet again. It will be fun to see.

Predicted winner: Derek Brunson via Knockout/Technical Knockout in Round 1

Derrick “The Black Beast” Lewis vs. Mark “Super Samoan” Hunt

This fight looks like it’s going to be a one round war. If it goes outside the first then expect the action to be significantly slower. As much as I love Derrick Lewis, I do not see he beating a power puncher such as Mark Hunt. The only time Hunt has been taken out due to punches while on the feet was in 2008. After that his only KO/TKO losses have came from kicks, knees, and ground and pound. Lewis is going to have a hard time putting him away especially in a five round fight. I expect Hunt to land his devistating right hand, but if its going to put “The Black Beast” away then it is going to have to be in the first round. Although I may not b picking him, I hope Lewis proves me wrong and gets the win here because I am a huge fan of him.

Predicted winner: Mark Hunt via Knockout/Technical Knockout in Round 1