One of the most anticipated fights this summer is finally here. The best fighter to ever enter the UFC’s octagon, Anderson Silva, will defend his middleweight championship against undefeated prospect Chris Weidman. We will also see the return of Frankie Edgar, and a huge fight between Cub Swanson and Dennis Siver.
These are my fight predictions for the entire UFC 162 card.
~ Anderson Silva (33-4-0 MMA) vs. Chris Weidman (9-0-0 MMA) ~
Some feel this will be Silva’s toughest fight of his career. I’m not completely sold on Weidman just yet, and it’s stupid to bet against Silva in my opinion. Weidman is a great grappler, but just because his stats are better than Sonnen’s, doesn’t mean his wrestling is better.
Weidman’s wrestling will struggle in this fight. He won’t be able to take-down Silva as easy as he thinks. Silva will elude Weidman’s attempts to take this fight to the ground and keep it on the feet. Silva is dangerous on his feet, and I see Weidman getting finished before the third round.
Prediction: Silva TKO 2nd round
~ Frankie Edgar (15-4-1 MMA) vs. Charles Oliveira (16-3-0 MMA) ~
Not to take anything away from Oliveira, but he is being fed to a lion in this one. This fight makes no sense to me, especially for a co-main event.
Just because Edgar is coming off 3 straight losses, doesn’t mean we need to feed him a young buck. Oliveira has had problems with stronger guys and wrestlers. This fight is set up for Edgar to dominate, and finish the fight for a change. If Edgar loses, I expect him to fade away in the smoke of his former accomplishments. This is Edgar’s fight to lose.
Prediction: Edgar TKO 1st round
~ Tim Kennedy (15-4-0 MMA) vs. Roger Gracie (6-1-0 MMA) ~
This fight is another “groomed” fight in my opinion. Gracie is still young, and Kennedy has fought way more solid competition. Gracie struggled against “King Mo“, and this is a tough challenge for his UFC debut.
I see Kennedy being smart, grinding him out, and staying away from any dangerous areas in Gracie’s game.
Prediction: Kennedy Unanimous
~ Tim Boetsch (16-5-0 MMA) vs. Mark Muñoz (12-3-0 MMA) ~
Who gets knocked out? Both guys have an excellent wrestling pedigree, which sometimes leads to an epic stand-up war. Both guys are coming off losses and need to get back to their winning ways.
Which ever guy wants it more, will be the one to win this fight. Boetsch seemed absent in his last fight against Constantinos Philippou. Munoz was among the title talk before he was derailed by Chris Weidman.
Munoz has been knocked out in the past, and Boetsch has been known to knock dudes flat out. This is a really hard fight to call, but I’m going to with the power of Boetsch in this one.
Prediction: Boetsch TKO 3rd round
~ Cub Swanson (19-5-0 MMA) vs. Dennis Siver (21-8-0 MMA) ~
This is the fight I’m most excited about as I love the lighter weight-classes. Cub Swanson is on an expressive 4 fight winning streak defeating: George Roop, Ross Pearson, Charles Oliveira, and Dustin Poirier. Siver is 2-0 ever since dropping down to featherweight, and looks to be in his comfort zone.
This fight will be a back and forth battle that could grab the FOTN honors. Swanson looks to be unstoppable at this point in his career, but Siver is the more technical striker and the better grappler in my opinion.
Prediction: Siver Unanimous
~ Undercard ~
Andrew Craig vs. Chris Leben- Craig will fight smart and win a Unanimous
Norman Parke vs. Kazuki Tokudome- Parke Unanimous
Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Dave Herman- Gonzaga sub 2nd round
Edson Barboza vs. Rafaello Oliveira- Barboza TKO 2nd round
Seth Baczynski vs. Brian Melancon- Baczynski submission 2nd round
Mike Pierce vs. David Mitchell- Pierce Unanimous