UFC 114. The Greatest Grudge Match in UFC History. Rashad Evans vs. Rampage Jackson. Never before in the history of the UFC…and so on and so on.
To start, I like Amir Sadollah and Efrain Escudero in their preliminary fights (against Dong Hyun Kim and Dan Lauzon respectively).
Moving on to the main card, I like Diego Sanchez over John Hathaway. I’m not that familiar with Hathaway and I don’t know how Sanchez being decimated recently by former champ BJ Penn is going to effect his fighting. However, I make it a point not to go against “the Nightmare.”
I’m unfamiliar with either Todd Duffee or Mike Russow, but Russow has the most experience so I’ll take him.
For my upset pick of the night, give me Jason Brilz over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. I’ve never heard of Brilz before, but am betting on the PRIDE curse overwhelming “Lil’ Nog.”
Michael Bisping vs. Dan Miller is an interesting fight, with both fighters coming off of losses (in Miller’s case, back to back losses). Bisping has been training with Rampage for his fight, but I think Miller is going to be the hungrier fighter…not to mention fighting for his job. Dan Miller for the win.
And in the MAIN EVENT OF THE EVENING…I have to go with Rashad Evans over Rampage Jackson. All things being equal – even though I think Evans is the better fighter and has more tools at his disposal – there’s just something aboot the Greg Jackson Academy fighters that puts them in an entirely different class than everyone else. It’s (hopefully) going to be a war, but in the end I think Rashad Evans is coming out the victor.