So Bellator’s pay per view debut was a pretty good one and we have the monthly UFC pay per view coming up this weekend. Let’s look at it:
Main Event: Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal
Prediction: Jackson by strikes. Result: Jackson by decision. Once again this is why you NEVER LEAVE IT IN THE HANDS OF THE JUDGES!
Co-main Event: Alexander Shlemenko vs. Tito Ortiz
Prediction: Shlemenko by strikes. Result: Ortiz by submission. To be fair Ortiz did out weigh Shlemenko significantly but we did see him back to at least part of his former self. The question now is how will he fair against younger guys more his weight?
Michael Chandler #10 Lightweight vs. Will Brooks
Prediction: Chandler by submission. Result: Brooks by decision. This is the second time in a row Chandler was on the wrong end of a split decision.
Michael Page vs. Ricky Rainey
Prediction: Page by strikes. Result: Same. Page is definitely comparable to Anderson Silva in some ways though he showboats a bit.
Blagoy Ivanov vs. Alexander Volkov
Prediction: Ivanov by submission. Result: Volkov by submission. Volkov was able to his his reach advantage to defeat Ivanov rather soundly.
Overall score: 2/5; 0.4 prediction percentage. 0.5 for Volkov’s submission win, 0.5 for Jackson’s win, and 1 for Page’s win by strikes.
UFC 173: Barao vs. Dillashaw
Main Event: Renan Barao #1 Bantamweight vs. T.J. Dillashaw #6 Bantamweight
Prediction: Barao by submission. There is no doubt that Renan Barao is the favorite going into this fight but is Dillashaw the man to upset?
Co-main Event: Dan Henderson #6 Light Heavyweight vs. Daniel Cormier #4 Light Heavyweight
Prediction: Cormier by strikes. This is looking to be a close fight as you have the beyond his age veteran against the undefeated prospect.
Robbie Lawler #2 Welterweight vs. Jake Ellenberger #8 Welterweight
Prediction: Ellenberger by strikes. Despite his long layoff and Lawler’s hard striking, Ellenberger can be a crafty fighter on his feet.
Takeya Mizugaki #7 Bantamweight vs. Francisco Rivera
Prediction: Rivera by strikes. Rivera is a hungry rising prospect looking to get an upset and climb up the rankings by defeating Mizugaki.
Jamie Varner vs. James Krause
Prediction: Krause by submission. Both men are in dire need of a win if they want to remain in the UFC with the current high turnover rate.
What did you think of the Bellator pay per view and will you watch UFC 173 this weekend with some good matches? Leave a comment!