We’re a week away from UFC 116: Lesnar vs. Carwin, and I think I’m ready to make my predictions. Feel free to leave a comment and tell me how much I suck and that I know nothing aboot the mixed martial arts. I love it when people do that!
I like Brendan Schaub over Chris Tuchscherer and Seth Petruzelli over Ricardo Romero.
I’ll take George Sotiropoulos over Kurt Pellegrino. Ever since Sotiropoulos has left training in Long Island for Las Vegas, he’s looked great.
Stephan Bonnar vs. Krzysztof Soszynski is a rematch from their first fight that Soszynski won after an accidental headbutt that bust Bonner open. I’m still going to take Soszynski. Save for the Brandon Vera fight, he’s looked great since appearing on The Ultimate Fighter.
Give me Matt Brown over Chris Lytle, though I’ll be disappointed if the fight isn’t a war. Random note: Brown is actual part of one of my favorite UFC moments, when during his fight with Pete Sell he was looking at the ref while punching Sell, yelling at him to stop the fight already.
Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Chris Leben is an interesting fight. Akiyama was expecting Wanderlei Silva, who pulled out at the last minute with an injury. His replacement Chris Leben just fought last week. I admire Leben stepping up in what has to be the shortest notice in the history of MMA, but I’m taking Akiyama here.
THE MAIN EVENT
I have to go with Brock Lesnar. Shane Carwin is a sick fighter, and it make me uneasy to go against anyone who’s trained by Greg Jackson, but my gut tells me Lesnar. I won’t be surprised if I’m wrong though.