Saturday we witnessed arguably the best fight card of the year with arguably the best fight of the year to date. Let’s dive into this right away:
UFC 166: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos 3 in Review
Main Event: Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos
Prediction: Velasquez by strikes. Result: Same. Velasquez proved he’s a step above JDS by dominating him the entire fight and finishing him.
Co-main Event: Daniel Cormier vs. Roy Nelson
Prediction: Cormier by strikes. Result: Cormier by decision. Cormier controlled the entire fight but Nelson is a hard man to finish for anyone.
Gilbert Melendez vs. Diego Sanchez
Prediction: Melendez by strikes. Result: Melendez by decision. These two fighters put on a brawl that arguably earned fight of the year status.
Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Shawn Jordan
Prediction: Jordan by strikes. Result: Gonzaga by strikes. Gonzaga can never be underestimated and he proved it Saturday with a knockout.
John Dodson vs. Darrell Montague
Prediction: Montague by submission. Result: Dodson by strikes. Dodson is a dangerous striker and just shot himself back into title contention.
Overall score: 2.5/5; .5 prediction percentage. Velasquez got 1 for his win over JDS, Cormier got 0.5, Melendez got 0.5, and Gonzaga got 0.5.
Bellator 104 in Review
Main Event: War Machine vs. Ron Kesler
Prediction: War Machine by strikes. Result: Kesler by submission. Kesler’s been the dark horse of the welterweight tournament this season.
Co-main Event: Brent Weedman vs. Rick Hawn
Prediction: Hawn by strikes. Result: Hawn by decision. Hawn knows how to win fights and once again made it into the tournament finals.
Kendall Grove vs. Joe Vedepo
Prediction: Vedepo by submission. Result: Grove by decision. Grove won in his promotional debut and should do well in the next tournament.
Eric Prindle vs. Peter Graham
Prediction: Prindle by strikes. Result: Graham by decision. Graham is no slouch and proved it against former heavyweight contender Prindle.
Overall score: 0.5/4; .125 prediction percentage. 0.5 for Rick Hawn’s win by decision. This has probably been my worst prediction to date.
Bellator 105 Predictions
Main Event: Alexander Sarnavskiy vs. Ricardo Tirloni
Prediction: Sarnavskiy by submission. Sarnavskiy is a submission specialist with most of his fights ending via this method. Expect it again.
Co-main Event: Saad Awad vs. Will Brooks
Prediction: Awad by submission. Awad won in their first meeting and it’s likely that he will win this second time. However, that’s to be seen.
Siala-Mou “Might Mo” Siliga vs. Ron Sparks
Prediction: Sparks by strikes. Both men are aging fighters but Sparks has more MMA experience while Mighty Mo is a kick boxer by trade.
Eugene Fadiora vs. Andreas Spang
Prediction: Fadiora by submission. The incoming Brit and BAMMA veteran is looking to make a splash at his Bellator promotional debut.
UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Munoz
Main Event: Lyoto Machida vs. Mark Munoz
Prediction: Machida by decision. Machida is making his middleweight debut but at the same time knows how to win fights most of the time.
Co-main Event: Ross Pearson vs. Melvin Guillard
Prediction: Guillard by strikes. Guillard hits hard for a lightweight and his last match proved how dangerous he still is. Pearson though can win.
Jimi Manuwa vs. Ryan Jimmo
Prediction: Manuwa by strikes. Manuwa is undefeated including his two UFC fights and it looks like he will stay that way for the near future.
Norman Parke vs. Jon Tuck
Prediction: Tuck by submission. The rising Ultimate Fighter alumni is still undefeated and is going up against fellow TUF alum, Parke.
Alessio Sakara vs. Nicholas Musoke
Prediction: Sakara by strikes. Sakara is in a due or die situation where he maybe looking for a new job should he loose to newcomer Musoke.
Phil Harris vs. John Lineker
Prediction: Lineker by strikes. Lineker is looking good in the UFC so far but his tendency to miss weight could be a bit of a problem again.
Who do you think is going to win this weekend? Leave a comment!