|Jon Jones on his way to tying Tito Ortiz's record.|
I do not know who half of the preliminary card fighters are so hopefully they come out and impress and make names for themselves. Here are the two fights I will weigh in on from the prelims:
- Cody McKenzie vs Leonard Garcia: Bad Boy only has his job because of his exciting brawling fight style. McKenzie is a killer who is only employed because he had the balls to actually accept a fight with Chad Mendes, even though he was embarrassed in that fight. Will it be another classic Leonard brawl or another guillotine victim for McKenzie? I think Garcia has been in there with good enough submission artists to survive Cody's ground game. He has power despite a lot of his recent fights going the distance. I say Leonard knocks out McKenzie in the first round.
- The other fight I will touch on is of course the 3rd women's fight in UFC history, Sara McMann vs Sheila Gaff. Sheila is a finisher but McMann might be the best pure wrestler of all women in MMA. I am taking McMann via decision.
On to the main card we go:
- Pat Healey has been on quite the winning streak since his loss to Josh Thompson but Jim Miller is an animal. Look for Healey to be game and weather a tough storm of punches and elbows but lose a tight decision. Miller via bloody decision.
- Phil Davis actually thinks he can submit Vinny Magalhaes. This is laughable, but the idea of Phil winning is not. Davis wrestles Vinny to a Jon Fitch style victory.
- Roy and Congo are two of the best sluggers in the heavyweight division. Congo just isn't the fighter he used to be so I see Nelson winning this. Nelson has one of the best chins in the game so he will eat a few shots and throw a knockout blow of his own. Nelson via KO.
- Michael Bisping and Alan Belcher were both a win away from a potential title shot or top contender fight with Weidman. They both lost. They have trashed talked away and this fight has to be a classic. Look for Bisping to get hit almost as hard as he was by Dan Henderson. I am a little biased here because I love Belcher, but I just don't see Bisping finishing him. Belcher can use his sick kickboxing to put "the Count" out for the count. Belcher via KO of the Night.
- Do not disrespect Chael Sonnen. He is in Jon Jones' head without a doubt. He is an Olympic caliber wrestler and one hell of a fighter. That said, Jon is a talent that does not come around very often. Jones should get beaten up a bit early, but as the fight rolls on he will stuff takedowns and pick Chael apart. Jones via 4th round submission. (Standing Guillotine)