Saturday, February 22, 2014

UFC 170 Picks

The Sara McMann bow will be her signature highlight forever,
unless she gets some awesome finishes in her UFC career.
I am not going to lie when I say that I am not all that excited for this event.  Nevertheless, it could be filled with some of the biggest upsets of the year if it is the right person's night.  Take a look at who I think will win:

Fight Pass:

  • Yosdenis Cedeno and Ernest Chavez are making their debuts so I am just going with the odds on favorite and taking Cedeno via decision.
  • Erik Koch was scheduled to fight Jose Aldo less than a year ago.  Today he will be making an appearance at lightweight after dropping back to back fights to Lamas and Poirier.  Koch should have no problem taking home a win against Rafaello Oliveira.  Koch via KO.
FS1 Prelims:
  • Zach Makovsky is coming off a win over highly respected Scott Jorgensen.  His opponent Josh Sampo is a beast at flyweight as well but I see Makovsky taking a close split decision here.
  • Aljamain Sterling and Cody Gibson are both debuting in the UFC at bantamweight.  I like Sterling in this one to win a decision.
  • Rafael Assuncao is the first guy who is almost a guaranteed win on this card.  However, Pedro Munhoz will try his best to pull off the upset.  Assuncao via submission in the first round is my prediction. (Armbar?)
  • Alexis Davis and Jessica Eye definitely should be on the PPV in my opinion.  This is a top contender fight in all likelihood.  I see Davis using her reach advantage and experience advantage to pick Eye apart.  Eye has been the subject of some controversy in her brief UFC career.  She better put on a big performance or win if she wants to keep her job secure.
  • Robert Whittaker and Stephen Thompson are two guys that could be title contenders at 170 in my opinion.  In the battle of the prospects I like Whittaker to utilize his superior striking to finish "Wonderboy" off.  Despite his flashy striking and hype, I think Thompson is at a striking disadvantage here and the grappling is pretty much a toss up.
  • Mike Pyle and TJ Waldburger are not worthy of being on pay-per view ever.  I am not excited for this fight at all.  However, I hope Mike Pyle can reach his potential and go on a winning streak here.  Pyle via TKO.
  • Demian Maia has been a beast since dropping down to welterweight.  He lost a close split decision in his last outing against Jake Shields so will come back better than ever.  Rory MacDonald also is coming off a loss and yet his hype has never been bigger.  People still consider him to be the successor to GSP but I do not.  I say Maia outwrestles MacDonald and holds his own in the striking on his way to a decision win.
  • Daniel Cormier will beat Patrick Cummins and he will be a douchebag in the process.  I would love to see DC lose but Cummins has no chance.  DC via decision because he is too weak of a puncher to ever finish a fight in the UFC.
  • Ronda Rousey has finally seen the 2nd and 3rd round for the first time in her life.  On short notice she is taking on an Olympic medalist in wrestling in Sara McMann.  I think McMann has a better chance with Ronda Rousey than anyone prior, but I still see Rousey winning this with an armbar.  I say 2nd round just because McMann is beastly enough to survive the first without giving up an arm.

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